Arthur Wallis takes the reader on a historical tour of the spiritual and
political life of Communist China. He cites the Great Cultural Revolution
as a time when churches were compulsorily closed, pastors were imprisoned,
and bonfires made of Bibles and Christian books. It seemed to outside
observers that the Church in China had been wiped out.
The author makes a strong case that the mere existence at all of the Church
in China today is nothing short of a miracle. When you consider that this
move of the Holy Spirit has reached into almost all of China's twenty-nine
provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, infiltrating a
nation of over ONE BILLION people, it certainly seems miraculous. Moreover,
this revival occurred when most of the mature church leaders were in prison,
when Bibles were banned, and Christian literature was almost nonexistent.
The Church in China stepped back in time to embrace New Testament Church
life with much of the same fervor the early Church exhibited. In some
of the larger cities there are over 500 house churches with a membership
of two hundred people or more in each church. They meet regularly for
prayer, for worship, for teaching, for fellowship, for the breaking of
bread, and their lives are dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel. The Chinese
Christians have paid a price for the mighty miracles wrought by the Holy
Spirit. They have suffered much persecution at the hands of the not-so-secret,
Secret Police. This, of course, has driven them to their knees before
the Lord. The Chinese have a saying, Much prayer-much power! Little
prayer-little power! No prayer-no power!
China Miracle portrays their overall attitude: For the love of Christ
controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all
died;and He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for
themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
This is wondrously displayed in their attitude towards their jobs: they
work only in order to support their evangelistic efforts! They dont
work to go to sporting events, to have two cars, a bigger house, etc.
They have given their time, outside of their jobs, to go and make
disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and
of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything
I have commanded you. They do this by twos or threes, with families
and friendstheir lives are first and foremost concerned with Jesus
Arthur Wallis compares four ingredients of the house church
movement in his native England that formed the backbone of the revival
that swept through that country in the seventies to the present revival
in China. He notes that both revivals were: concerned with returning to
the simplicity of the Gospel, brought forth anointed leadership, had genuine
congregational participation, and expressed a distaste for the spiritual
mixture in the professing church.
The message in this book is more than just an account of an incredible
move of the Holy Spirit in China; it is an indictment of much of Western
Churchianity while at the same time stirring faith for true New Testament
In my opinion, that which Arthur Wallis reports as the China Miracle
is actually normal New Testament Christianity! This book will challenge
you to live your life with the same commitment to the Lord Jesus that
these Chinese Christians do. As we live with this same commitment we may
yet see a move of the Holy Spirit such as is recorded in this book. With
or without our western version of Churchianity, His Church will be established.
Jesus said, I will build my Church and the gates of hell will not
prevail against it. I believe it!
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