President Bush’s piety for God, his concern for the house
churches in China and his devotion to the Chinese people have won widespread love and
respect for him among the Christians from house churches in China. When Christians
from house churches learned that President Bush will attend the opening ceremony of
the Beijing Olympic Games, they made all the preparations for receiving this sincere
brother of theirs within the Lord in their house churches.
A sister named Ma Da is
famous for the dumplings she makes at home and she hoped she could treat this
guest from afar with her home-made dumplings.
When the news came that President Bush will visit Kuanjie
Protestant Church of the TSPM that serves the Chinese government, it caused widespread
concern among the house churches. They believe that the Chinese rulers have been
consistently cheating and ridiculing their guests from overseas by winning popularity
through misleading the public and by mixing the false with the genuine. Through
these means, they intensify their persecution on the house churches.
Bush’s visit to the TSPM’s Kuanjie Protestant Church will certainly be utilized by
the Chinese Communists. Brother Jia Le, one of the Christian leaders active
in churches in Beijing, said with much disappointment: “One of the most
important means with which the Chinese Communists persecute the churches in China is
strengthening the TSPM churches that it establishes and controls. Bush’s visit to
the TSPM will surely give out a wrong signal that President Bush endorses the TSPM
According to sources, the White House was told that Kuanjie Protestant
Church has incorporated several house churches within their system. The fact is that
Kuanjie’s supposed inclusion of house churches is nothing more than a system set up
by the Chinese Government where TSPM appointed leaders are assigned “house
groups” where they can learn outside of the TSPM building. The system is set up for
TSPM “house cells”, which are obliged to obey the same rules as the Government
sanctioned church and are in no way free to practice true religious freedom. However,
in order to appear tolerant of religious freedom, the CPC has lied to the White
House and the World by manipulating its perception in order to appear tolerant.
According to informed sources, the reason why President Bush
agreed to visit the TSPM Kuanjie Protestant Church is because the Chinese Government
told him that Kuanjie Protestant Church has a training class designed for the
purpose of training missionaries for house churches. In fact, the “missionary
training” is nothing more than a training course for leaders of TSPM cell house cell
However, President Bush hopes that he can express his support for the house
churches through his visit. For this, Pastor [name
deleted for his protection] who specializes on the study of Chinese
churches, points out:
“This has happened when some people confuse the two entirely
different concepts of house church and house gathering. A house church is a resistance
movement in which the churches in China oppose the Chinese Communists in
their persecution of Christian churches and boycott the TSPM puppet churches
fabricated by the Chinese Communists.
"In the early stage of the house church movement, the
various churches that oppose the persecution by the Chinese Communists were
forced to give up the church buildings illegally occupied by the Communists and
adopted the house gathering. That is how the name “house church” came about. The
essence of house churches is fighting the persecution by the Chinese Communists
and boycotting the TSPM puppet church and it is not whether they should gather in
the official church buildings or in the private residences of believers.
"For the TSPM puppet church, its head of state is the Chinese Communists whom they serve, not
Jesus Christ. A house church and a TSPM church are entirely different in nature and
they are absolutely not compatible with each other."
Both TSPM churches and house churches can have a house gathering
at a private residence. In recent years, the TSPM churches actively cooperate
with the Chinese Communists in their persecution against the house churches. By
means of violent threats from the religious administrative authorities and the
police, the TSPM have incorporated some weak house churches through threats and bribes
and through sticks and carrots. As a result of that, the puppet church has now more
house gathering sites.
This is a clear proof that the TSPM is involved in the
persecution against house churches in China. The so-called training class specially
designed for house church missionaries at Kuanjie Protestant Church is the training class
for training key members for the TSPM puppet church’s house gathering sites.
"...we have this
treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may
be of God and not of us. We are hard pressed on every side, yet
not crushed... perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not
forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed — always
carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the
life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body."
2 Corinthians 4:7-10