Christianity is on the rise in China despite persecution from the Communist Party. They took every step to decimate Christianity in the country, but when you stop the Gospel, it grow more. 1000’s of people worship Jesus every week in their under ground churches, so that they would fall prey to the evil eyes of Communist Party.
“They do not trust the church, but they have to tolerate or accept it because the growth is there,” said the church leader. “The number of Christians is growing – they cannot fight it. They do not want the 70 million Christians to be their enemy.”
Searches for ‘Christian Congregation’ & ‘Jesus’ exceeds ‘Xi Jimping’ & ‘Communist Party’ in China. Liushi (one of the prominent church) remained shut throughout the decade of the Cultural Revolution that began in 1966, as places of worship were destroyed across the country.
Since it reopened in 1978 its congregation has gone from strength to strength as part of China’s officially sanctioned Christian church – along with thousands of others that have accepted Communist Party oversight in return for being allowed to worship.
Today it has 2,600 regular churchgoers and holds up to 70 baptisms each year, according to Shi Xiaoli, its 27-year-old preacher. The parish’s revival reached a crescendo last year with the opening of its new 1,500ft mega-church, reputedly the biggest in mainland China.
“Our old church was small and hard to find,” said Ms Shi. “There wasn’t room in the old building for all the followers, especially at Christmas and at Easter. The new one is big and eye-catching.”
The Liushi church is not alone. From Yunnan province in China’s balmy southwest to Liaoning in its industrial northeast, congregations are booming and more Chinese are thought to attend Sunday services each week than do Christians across the whole of Europe.
The number of Christians in Communist China is “growing so steadily” that it by 2030 it could have more “churchgoers” than America.