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The Problem - The Solution

The explosive growth of the House Church movement in China is unprecendented in the whole history of Christianity. There are now somewhere around 100 million Christians in China that are under extreme persecution.  But they don't ask you to pray against the Communist Government, in fact, they spend a lot of time praying for their leaders - as the Bible instructs all of us to do.  These Christians don't believe they are persecuted because the government is Communist, they think they are persecuted because they act like Christ and He Himself said that's what would happen.

"All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved." 
Matthew 10:22

"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: 'They hated me without reason.' John 15:18-25

Or how about this?

'Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.' Matthew 5:11-12

If we should expect to be hated by the world when we take a hard, strong stand for Christ, then are we currently hated?  Maybe we're a little too much like the "world".

The Chinese Christians believe that they will be persecuted no matter where they go. Right now they are raising up 100,000 missionaries to send back toward Jerusalem through the hardest countries on the planet - the birthplaces of Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism.  They have no passports, no money, no hope of coming home.  They just have the Holy Spirit in full measure.

These Christians in China have been praying for years that persecution would come to America - because that would mean that a lot more Christians in America had started acting like Jesus!

Kind of stings a little, doesn't it?  So what are you going to do about it?

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