China – Ripe for the Harvest

The first novel in my Brother Half Angel series – titled simply “Brother Half Angel” – concerns the church in China. I felt that, despite some intense persecution – or, perhaps, because of it – this was a fast-growing church, and I wanted to highlight its potential.

Brother Half Angel - Smashwords Cover Jan 2013So the novel tells the story of an underground seminary in a Chinese city, managed by a hero of the faith who has spent much time in prison for his beliefs.

Now we are seeing an increasing number of news reports about how the church in China is expanding at a rapid rate. The latest has just been published by Charisma magazine and is titled “You Can’t Ignore the Miracle of Christianity in China.”

It highlights five key points about the church and its growth.

1. China will likely become the largest Christian nation in the world by the year 2030.

2. More Christians attend church on Sundays in China today than in Europe.

3. Spiritual hunger is exploding in China, even though the country is officially atheist.

4. Persecution of Christians is still rampant in China, but it does not seem to be slowing church growth.

5. The growth of Chinese Christianity is linked to its economic growth.

I would add a couple of points of my own. Firstly, there is absolutely no social benefit to be gained from becoming a Christian in China. But it is clear that as China transforms from a Communist society to an increasingly materialist society there is a huge spiritual vacuum in the hearts of many.

Secondly, as the church grows, it is starting to reach out abroad. We see South Korean missionaries just about everywhere nowadays. I predict that soon we shall be seeing Chinese missionaries too.

I can only say a loud “Amen” to these words from the Charisma article:

Many Americans today seem discouraged by evidence of spiritual decline in the West. Now would be the best time for us to heed Jesus’ words in John 4:35: “Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are ripe for harvest.” Our pessimism has blinded us to what is happening in the East.

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