What 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.
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)
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