Hidden away in a cool, dimly lit underground room, students pore over their Bibles. They caress the pages and hungrily consume each word. This secluded sanctuary serves as a house church and seminary. And it all takes place in the basement of a Chinese Christian’s home. Heng, whose name we’ve changed to protect his ministry, knows these students are the future of Christianity in China. They will lead house churches of their own one day. And most likely, they’ll have to meet in secret and face physical persecution. Although Christianity is technically legal in China, churches must meet publicly under the watchful eye of the government. The government reserves the right to censor and control their churches to the point of distorting the Gospel. This has driven most believers underground, both figuratively and often literally. These secret house churches are considered illegal by the Chinese government, and the congregation could... View Article
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