Chinese House Church Leader's Testimony
Open Doors USA
-- SANTA ANA, CA (ANS) -- Probably 80 percent of the house church leaders
in China know or have heard the name of this house church leader, but he asked
that his name not be used. Possibly as many as 2 million Christians are involved
in his house church network. He has been arrested several times and imprisoned
a total of 10 years for his faith in Jesus Christ. He spoke recently with an Open
Doors team. The following is his testimony.
I was born in a Christian
family in China -- a fourth generation Christian. My grandparents were very sincere
In 1949 the new China was established. China went into very
deep tragedy. The spiritual warfare increased. Ephesians 6:12 says, For our struggle
is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities,
against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil
in the heavenly realms.
From 1952 to 1954 the Three Self Patriotic Movement
was established in China. In 1958 most all the churches in China were closed.
In 1966 it was the beginning of the Cultural Revolution. One of the Gang of Four,
Chiang Ching, the wife of Communist Party founder Mao Zedong, closed the foreigners
church in Shanghai. She proclaimed, Let God go home! Christianity in China is
going to the history museum.
The government chased out all the foreign
missionaries. Communism closed the door and they attacked the men and women of
God in China. The life of the church in China was in a desperate situation, and
many people were martyred for Christ. Many went to jail. Many were criticized
and were scolded. Some people were scared and they denied Jesus. Some escaped
overseas. Some people betrayed their friends and brothers and sisters.
like Satan comes and wants to destroy, the church of China outwardly was totally
destroyed. But at the same time, the Holy Spirit filled the church of China with
faith, like a filling slowly from the bottom to the top. Actually, nobody proclaimed
the name of Jesus. The people had no doctor, no medicine and no food to eat. No
one cared for them. You can compare the situation to North Korea today, because
people were desperate. They could not find any help from the government. They
could not find help from anywhere. Where do I go from here, and what should I
do? they asked.
From there, people looked for God. During that time only
two to five people could gather together. They just met together in small groups
and that became their meeting place. It looked like a spark of fire and it spread
all over. At that time Satan scared us and did all kinds of things to try and
stop us, but the revival grew. Today in China we have almost 100 million believers.
In this process, many people have carried a cross and been imprisoned,
and Jesus Christ carried the cross. The cross helped us confess our sin. The Lord
put us in a situation like in Hebrews chapter 11. To carry our cross -- and we
have to carry our cross -- we have to walk side by side with Jesus. Because of
that the presence of the Lord is with us and gives us strength. We have desperate
faith to follow Jesus Christ. That allows the light of Jesus to live within us.
I have been imprisoned several times. Every day I prayed, Lord, before
I experience today, you have already walked through it. You have gone ahead of
me to experience what I am going to walk through. You know what will happen in
my day, and you will take full responsibility.
First, when they arrest
you, they try to convince you to give up your faith. And when you surrender to
them they will offer you an office in a position such as community member or a
position in the Three Self church. If you do not deny your faith and surrender
to them, then they will attack you. First they put you into a small place, isolate
you, and they let you starve to convince you.
The first prison I was in
was the size of this room (150 sq. feet) and there were 40 prisoners there. A
small square for each prisoner. When we crossed one another it was very close,
and when we slept, we couldnt stretch out our legs. When you wanted a drink there
was no water. And because I was a Christian, they appointed me to distribute water
to everyone. But everyday we only had a cup of water, and this water was for you
to brush your teeth, wash your face and drink. And even do your laundry with that
cup of water! Because of that we did no laundry and we had bugs in our clothes.
We only had two small bowls of noodles every day and a small piece of bread. It
was a very small piece. If it was a special day or festival, they would give you
a bigger bowl of noodles.
Every day they gave you work. The work was making
Christmas lights. We had to install those light ports every day -- seven thousand.
Inside the light bulb you have two small lines. You hook them together and you
have to use your teeth to bite and then seal it. If you could not finish your
goal, they beat you up. When you finished, you had to bow down. Then they used
that big long stick and hit your hip.
There was no barber, so you had long
hair and a long beard. One of the prisoners was a Uighur, a minority from northwestern
China. He could not accomplish his goal most of the time. So they asked him, Why
cant you finish your goal? Because he had a long beard they just pulled out
the hair from his beard. The next time when he couldnt finish his goal, they
pulled out twice as much, until his face was hurt and harmed.
interrogate you and asked you questions. If you dont answer them, or if your
answer was not according to what they wanted you to answer, they would punish
I said, I have nothing to say, because the Holy Spirit did not give
me a word to share with you. And they said, How can you say words like this?
Youre against me? So they bound me. But afterwards they said, No, we will not
bind you. We have found another kind of punishment. They had a gate. They cuffed
my hands in the back and then to the gate. When they opened the gate my body hanged
in the air; my feet could not touch the ground for almost four hours.
these four hours I prayed to the Lord and the Lord gave me feelings. I felt the
Lord crucify Himself on the cross to carry our sins. This is a reality. He is
the Son of God. He paid the price for us and He allowed me to take part in His
suffering. At that time in my conscience I told myself, I love You, truly I love
You, because He allowed me to experience His suffering. It is really only a little
suffering I experienced because the Lord will not give us more than what we can
Another officer came to see me. My hand was swollen. He touched
my hand and said, Why dont you just say a few words that make them happy? Why
do you have to suffer?
I had no strength to talk and I heard a loud voice
from far away that said, Beat him up! Then I felt just like when Jesus was on
the cross. He said, Forgive them because they dont know what they are doing.
They dont know what they are doing. If they knew the faith we have, the
Lord we have, they wouldnt do that. Actually, I feel I owe them the gospel, because
they dont know Christ. I am indebted to them because they dont know our Lord.
After a few hours they came to see me. They didnt say any words, they
just released me from the handcuffs. They brought me to another room. I sat at
a table with the officer -- face to face. He had a paper and pencil and he said,
Talk! How can I say anything? Then he said, Thank you, and closed his book
and walked away. He never questioned me again, and they sentenced me to three
years in the labor camp. Actually it was over three years when they released me.
When I was in the barber shop in the prison, the guy who cut my hair --
a spy -- said, We already have four people sentenced to death. You are one of
them, we will execute you. They put me in a place, and outside my room there
was some clean water, so every day I did my laundry and I washed and took a bath.
Every time I heard an engine noise, I put on my clothes because I knew they were
coming to execute me. I was ready. Every day I make this preparation. When they
wanted to execute someone, they would have some police in uniforms with white
gloves and handcuffs. They took out those prisoners, who never came back.
day the uniformed police came with their white gloves, opened the gate and came
into our room. They called my name. I thought, This is the time of the Lord.
So I got up and followed them out the gate. There were two gates. I can see the
outer gate. Eight police were with me. I walked with the police to the room of
the prison chief.
They told me to squat on a rock. One soldier said it
was his first time to execute a prisoner. At the right side of the execution ground
was a meeting room and the officers were holding a meeting. I talked to a prisoner
and he said, No weapon can hurt me. I am with supernatural power. After he said
this, they executed him. Just shot him in the head. Blood everywhere!
of the officers said to me, What do you want to say? The days they executed
prisoners they have a loudspeaker. People came to watch the executions. He said,
Well, this group is waiting for you. What do want to say, you have to say it
now. I said, I have nothing to say.
I felt very sorry for him. I felt
I owed him the gospel. But because I have no word to say, he came from his chair
and grabbed my wrist. Then he put his hand on my heart to see if it was still
beating. He was very angry because he assumed I was going be very scared. Then
he sat down. I experienced death. Every day we go through death to allow the death
of Christ to live in our life. After a couple of times of this kind of imprisonment
and death threats, they finally said, This mans a real Christian. Thank you,
May the Lord use you (Open Doors) to cooperate with the house churches
of China so we can expand and do our mission into the world. And China has opened
up. In the 1940s China had a gospel team who had a vision to bring the gospel
from China to the Northwest then to the Eastern world to Jerusalem. In 1984 we
already sent our colleagues, a few dozen, to the Northwest of China to spread
the gospel among the minority. And in the recent house church movement a lot of
churches are sending out missionaries to Northwest of China.
To obey Gods
word is to submit to Matthew 8 and to bring the gospel to the ends of the world.
To bring the gospel in China, out of China and into Jerusalem -- until the numbers
fulfilled and when the church is prepared, then we can go to see Jesus.
kingdom belongs to the Lord and the Lord will reign forever. Until that time the
Lord will dry our tears. He will allow us to stay in front of the throne of God
and receive his glory. The suffering that we have is only temporary. In the future
we will see forever glory.
Romans 12:1 is a Scripture to encourage the
church of China, Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of Gods mercy, to
offer your bodies as living sacrifices. Holy and pleasing to God -- this is your
spiritual act of worship.
In 1995 many leaders from the house churches
in China gathered together. We established a fellowship, a network, to coordinate
and harmonize with different churches with the need for Bibles and spiritual books.
I hope Open Doors can help us to train those leaders so we can carry on and bring
the gospel. We have confidence in the commitment of Open Doors. May the Lord bless
From outside, the door of China seems closed, but we see
doors are open. In the book of Revelation the Lord said to the church of Philadelphia,
because brothers you love one another I have placed before you an open door
that no one can shut. Through this open door we have to carry the cross of the
Lord, and by faith the door opens. This door is open always -- no one can close
this door. In China its like that. In North Korea its like that. May the Lord
bless you all.
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