ICC NOTE: Is revival beginning to take shape in China’s government registered church? That is what seems to be occurring according to an exclusive by Christian Broadcast News (CBN) as they traveled to the Communist nation. China has two separate churches. There is the Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) which is the government approved registered congregations and the unregistered churches commonly known as ‘underground’ or ‘house’ churches. For decades, TSPM pastors were forced to have their sermons approved by the party and were barred from speaking of the holy spirit, end times, repentance, and many other spiritual references. Yet according to CBN they are becoming more relaxed toward their previous control over church teachings. The House church is still a target of persecution as many are raided and their members and leaders are detained and rarely charged spending months in prison. Recently, the pastor of the largest government controlled church was forced to resign and faces charges after publicly speaking out against the China’s cross demolitions which have destroyed an estimated 1,700 since it began in 2014.
2/5/2016 China (CBN News) – You’re about to hear first-hand testimony and see video of an unprecedented Christian revival happening in parts of China. What is unique about this story is how God is moving among communist-controlled government churches.
CBN News traveled to southern China and obtained exclusive, never-before-seen images, from inside these churches.
When God Shows Up in a Communist Church
It’s Thursday evening in Fujian Province, southeast China. Scores of men and women are dancing, waving flags, blowing shofars, singing and worshipping God.
You might think these images come from a charismatic service in the United States. But they’re not. This is communist, and officially still atheist China.
And what Duan Huilai says is remarkable about this scene is that it’s happening in an officially government-controlled congregation known as Three-Self Church.
“Dramatic changes are happening,” Duan told CBN News. “God is moving in a powerful way inside these Three-Self Churches.”
Duan and his wife have witnessed this move first-hand. Both are evangelists and have for several years crisscrossed the Chinese countryside documenting the Holy Spirit’s move among Three-Self Churches.
“The most amazing thing is that the Lord is raising up God-loving people in these churches — so many brothers and sisters who love God deeply and want to serve Him,” Duan said.
Signs and Wonders Now Allowed
Pastor Duan says what is happening today in Beijing and in other parts of China as it relates to the powerful move of God amongst the Three-Self Churches is quite remarkable considering where the church has been in the last 30 years.
“Every sermon that the pastor preached back then had to be vetted by the government authorities. Young people were never allowed to attend these churches so you’d only see old people, mostly women,” Duan said. “Preaching about the power of the Holy Spirit was forbidden. You couldn’t talk about end times or preach repentance.”
Topics on healings, miracles, signs and wonders were out of the question. Not anymore.
“Nowadays people have accepted these topics,” Duan said.
Two main types of churches exist in China: registered and unregistered. Registered congregations, also known as Three-Self Churches, are government-approved.