Dr. Brown will share some of the details of his trip to China with a delegation organized by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Listen live here 2-4 pm EST, and call into the show at (866) 348 7884 with your questions and comments.
Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: Regardless of motivation, regardless of human purpose, the gospel is going forth in extraordinary ways in China! The Word of the Lord cannot be chained!
Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: Let us prize and cherish the freedoms we have here in America and let us not lose them because of compromise to sin.
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Yes, you do sound a little tired, it was the first thing I noticed today, but it’s great to hear your voice again. We missed you last week, although your guest hosts were very good.
Welcome home and rest up before India!
Love in Jesus,
I was part of an effort to re-connect with Chinese Christians from my denomination who had gone underground for the Mao decades up to the 1980s.
It was absolutely fascinating. And encouraging! The fascinating part was how their faith developed in isolation from the Western church. For better and worse, I suppose.
Related to today’s show — they were very suspicious of the official church. Especially spies who might send them to jail for having a house church.
It seemed a little paranoid, to me, but I didn’t survive the horrors of the Cultural Revolution, and they did. So I certainly was not going to second-guess their fear of the state-sanctioned church.
I should have said… “from Mao up to the 1990s”
I guess I’m getting old… the decades are blurring!
I don’t watch Family Guy but even I can foresee a “Ghost Dog” character.
Ignore the post above. I accidentally cross posted! I should never be chatting into two windows at once!
As I was listening to this (about minute 40) this verse came to mind:
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
Plants produce seed and the seed goes underground for a time.
I’m not sure I follow your point. Are you extolling the effectiveness of the underground church?
I think Dr. Brown’s take-away from this trip was that God can work in state churches as well.
My own people worshiped in “underground” churches in the USSR and payed a steep price for it. Others put themselves under the umbrella of the state-sanctioned church. Tragically, this exposed their fellow Christians to informants who sent my relatives to the camps and death.
All these years out, it hard to remember the terrible, un-winnable, times those were. I don’t second guess any of them and can’t say what I would have done.
I will tell you this — that experience made me a life-long believer in the separation of church and state.
PS: I put “underground” in quotes because it wasn’t even remotely like an underground criminal movement. Their “crime” was just sitting in a circle, singing and praying. But that was viewed as sedition where atheism was the state-sanction “religion.”
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