President Xi Secretly Meets with House Church Leaders – But Not To Pray

“Beijing has called the house church leaders back for a secret meeting,” our informant reported last week. “The leaders were asked by President Xi to return to Beijing to meet with government officials.”

Nothing more could really be said about the meeting. We at Back to Jerusalem have not reported about the meeting until it concluded.

President Xi and the government officials are playing full court press on the house churches. The number of Christians in China continues to explode and their social influence is growing. In three weeks, China will be moving into their Communist Party Congressional meeting and they would desperately like to have a proposal to calm the fears of party members as it pertains to the growth of Christianity.

China’s Communist Party has a big problem. The number of young people dedicated to Marxist theory are dwindling and the ideology of Communism is being largely rejected by the youth. Even though the Communist Party is the only ruling party in China and is a secure meal ticket to any meaningful government post, the youth in China are key to the future.

China’s youth are coming to Christ in large numbers and are much more interested in being Christian than being Communist. This is true for both the rural and urban Chinese populations. President Xi Jinping would like to enshrine his name along side the great leaders of Deng Xiaoping and Mao Zedong, but choosing his successor will be a problem if all the great minds have become Christians instead of members of the Communist Party.

The Communist Party leadership is experiencing a crisis. Under Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao, the party experimented with opening local party committees, voting for multi-candidate party secretaries, expanding contacts with non-party groups, and recruiting young entrepreneurs and intellectuals into the party, but under President Xi, these experiments have seem to run their course.

Under his Presidency, Xi has centralized the power of the Party, the state, and the military and brought them all under his control, but there is one social sector that has continued to allude him – the underground Christian church.

Christians in the underground house church are no longer the poor agrarian farmers that they were in the 1990’s. They are now amassing members from the ever growing wealthy and educated sectors of society. College students that went abroad for education are coming back as Christians and today have a considerable impact. Many of them are business owners, educators, and even political leaders.

An army is growing, but it is not one that is controlled by President Xi and the Communist Party. That is what has them concerned.

On October 18, about 2,300 delegates and senior officials will meet in Beijing and they are expected to confirm President Xi for a second five-year term and to appoint new officials to serve under him.

Mr. Xi, already one of the most powerful Chinese leaders in decades, would no doubt like to emerge from the meeting even more formidable, which is why he is asking the leaders of the underground house church to meet in Beijing.

This is not the first time. In 2015, President Xi requested a small private meeting with the house church leadership and extended an olive branch of peace if they would agree to come out of the shadows and register.

The leaders seriously considered this – that is until persecution picked up. Before any agreement was reached, the Communist Party prematurely began to destroy churches in Wenzhou, tear down crosses in Shanghai, and arrest pastors all over the country. All negotiations between the Party and the underground house churches were again off of the table.

Mr. Xi does not want to leave this problem for the next leader, because at the rate that Christianity is growing, the next leader might be a Christian! Mr. Xi is thought by many to be laying the ground work to extend the term of his presidency even longer.

Continue to pray for the underground house church in China and the government of the Chinese people. If the government is to truly represent the Chinese people then it will not be long before the voice of Christians praying at congressional meetings will be heard loud and clear.

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4 Comments

  1. Joanne

    I so love hearing about the exploding Christian community in China. The Holy Spirit is doing great things in Iran as well, and their Christian population is growing immensely despite severe persecution! It’s amazing to see/hear of God’s amazing work. I’ve been praying for you guys! Also praying for a Christian revival across the Western nations (we need to turn back to God) I will be praying and supporting as much as I can. Love you all

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  2. Leng

    To God be the glory! Let this not be just a novelty but a regeneration of hearts!

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  3. Eddie

    Praise the Lord for his mercy and Grace ,am praying for China and North Korea, and Revival for America , Thanks for the updates, that we may continue to uphold our suffering brothers sisters to the throne of Grace ,SHALOM.

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  4. Ed

    Isaiah 60:14-22 Cuv/S
    [14] 素来苦待你的,他的子孙都必屈身来就你;藐视你的,都要在你脚下跪拜。他们要称你为耶和华的城,为以色列圣者的锡安。 [15] 你虽然被撇弃被厌恶,甚至无人经过,我却使你变为永远的荣华,成为累代的喜乐。 [16] 你也必吃万国的奶,又吃君王的奶。你便知道我―耶和华是你的救主,是你的救赎主,雅各的大能者。 [17] 我要拿金子代替铜,拿银子代替铁,拿铜代替木头,拿铁代替石头;并要以和平为你的官长,以公义为你的监督。 [18] 你地上不再听见强暴的事,境内不再听见荒凉毁灭的事。你必称你的墙为拯救,称你的门为赞美。 [19] 日头不再作你白昼的光,月亮也不再发光照耀你。耶和华却要作你永远的光你 神要为你的荣耀。 [20] 你的日头不再下落;你的月亮也不退缩;因为耶和华必作你永远的光。你悲哀的日子也完毕了。 [21] 你的居民都成为义人,永远得地为业;是我种的栽子,我手的工作,使我得荣耀。 [22] 至小的族要加增千倍;微弱的国必成为强盛。我―耶和华要按定期速成这事。

    Isa 60:14-22 NIV
    [14] The sons of your oppressors will come bowing before you; all who despise you will bow down at your feet and will call you the City of the LORD, Zion of the Holy One of Israel. [15] “Although you have been forsaken and hated, with no one traveling through, I will make you the everlasting pride and the joy of all generations. [16] You will drink the milk of nations and be nursed at royal breasts. Then you will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob. [17] Instead of bronze I will bring you gold, and silver in place of iron. Instead of wood I will bring you bronze, and iron in place of stones. I will make peace your governor and righteousness your ruler. [18] No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise. [19] The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. [20] Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end. [21] Then will all your people be righteous and they will possess the land forever. They are the shoot I have planted, the work of my hands, for the display of my splendor. [22] The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the LORD; in its time I will do this swiftly.”

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