Swimming Upstream: “What If All Pastors Are Removed?”

calvaryWhat if Hate Crimes’ legislation were enacted which removed all pastors from their positions of church authority? Maybe, even imprisoned them in some remote spots of Canada. Then what?

Would Christianity float belly up and die? What would Christians do? Just sit and stare at empty pulpits Sunday after Sunday,  hoping things would somehow revert back to earlier times.

History has given us a clear example of what could happen if such a calamity occurred.

In 1949, when Mao Zedong and his communist thugs took over China, they sent every missionary home, especially American ones. They executed a large percentage of the native-born pastors and church leaders, and sent the others to be reeducated at reform camps (fancy term for prisons).

So, in effect there were no pastors. Christianity as we Westerners know it did not exist in China at all. It was wiped out.

What happened?

The Lord raised up new leaders. Ones who had not been seminary trained. Ones who had few (if any) Bibles, but who knew and  depended on Him. These leaders reshaped Christianity into the house church format which is now so vibrant and alive in China today.

How effective were the new leaders?

It is estimated there were 500,000 Christians in China at the time Mao took over the nation. Today’s estimates range up to 130 million believers, with more being added everyday.

We Western Christians need to remember who builds the Church and who leads it.

And Jesus is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have preeminence. (Colossians 1:18)

Swimming Upstream appears at this blog site on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It’s  a little of this and a little of that, all written  to encourage and exhort believers in their Christian journeys.


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10 responses to “Swimming Upstream: “What If All Pastors Are Removed?”

  1. Appreciate the post. I think we do rely too much on pastors.

  2. A good follow-up to your last post. It won’t be the same and the church will grow as we all begin to pastor, evangelise, teach, speak prophetically, and initiate God’s kingdom when led. God will build His church.

  3. I’ll bet more American Christians than you think know exactly what could and may come down to change the way they “church” forever, but are quietly enjoying the status quo as long as it lasts. Not enough are aware, that much is fact, but it won’t take long for the faithful to make the necessary adjustment.

    Fear not.

  4. Matt,

    Thanks for your comments.


    Good insight. I agree.


    You may be right. But the Church will suffer needless defeats getting their act together if everyone waits till the last second.

  5. Woefully true. Such are humans’ nature.

  6. I dream of going to seminary… don’t send all the Pastors off to Canada!!!

  7. I suspect house churches are closer to actual, effectual, Biblical “church” anyway. And I don’t say this flippantly. Otherwise, why is it that the churches which bear fruit are those which promote “community groups,” and “cell groups”? – i.e. home churches.

  8. cell and community groups are my pet passion, like this one here… love it… like the others I engage in within a yes, church. as well as others I am led to lead…

    but who are we to judge what is bearing fruit or not, as most seeds in the spiritual realm are unseen. Am I the only one that carries a torch for balance?

    should we not focus on being the soil wherever the spirit leads… even if it is within a church? our workplace? the grocery store? how else are we to reach the complacent christian? by dissengaging from church altogether? where else do you expect to find these complacent christians to change their hearts?

    We are on the threshold of beautiful things… and I am confident that many churches of all denominations will be involved.
    God has a way of suprising us… especially me. My spiritual eyes are seeing unity, not diversity.

    Lay leadership IS on the rise, home studies are growing… you will see.. hope is worth holding on to.

  9. Cindy,

    “…cell and community groups are my pet passion, like this one here… love it…”

    I totally agree.

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