China’s spiritual crisis and overflowing churches

From BBC News: Christians in China: Is the country in spiritual crisis?

“On Easter morning, in downtown Beijing, I watched five services, each packed with over 1,500 worshippers. Sunday school was spilling on to the street.

“However, these numbers are dwarfed by the unofficial “house churches”, spreading across the country, at odds with the official Church which fears the house churches’ fervour may provoke a backlash.
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“The State fears the influence of zealous American evangelism and some of the House Church theology has those characteristics, but, in many other respects, it seems to be an indigenous Chinese movement – charismatic, energetic and young.”

We’ve witnessed for ourselves part of what the writer describes (photos): Sunday morning overflow at the Shanxi Lu church in Tianjin, China

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