The phenomenon of Christians worshipping at home concerns the regime and the number of arrests for converting from Islam to Christianity has increased. The government of Tehran is launching a new offensive against the so-called home churches, small groups of Christians who meet in private houses to celebrate their faith because they cannon join the Churches officially recognised (and controlled) by the State, Iranian Christian news agency Mohabat reports. Khorasan, a government journal has published a long statement by Bahman Amiri Moghaddam, chief of police for the Khorasa-Ravi province, in which he says security forces “had taken care of a...
With the increase in megachurches, the prominence of “parachurch” leaders and organizations, and the presence of hundreds of thousands of Americans who serve as clergy and church staff, one often overlooked group is the laity – or the unpaid, unheralded people who comprise the Christian community in America. A new study from the Barna Group explores the profile of Americans who actively participate in faith. The study examined various expressions of “group” faith, such as: church attendance, small groups, adult Sunday school programs, church volunteering, and house churches. (Definitions of each type of activity, including how the researchers distinguished between small...
The Chinese government has reportedly issued a secret directive to crack down on at least several major house churches in Beijing, a U.S.-based group reported Tuesday. ChinaAid Association, a religious freedom group with a focus on house churches in China, was informed by sources inside the country that the public security bureau has ordered the Beijing Huajie Plaza to terminate its rental contract with the Beijing Shouwang house church. The Shouwang house church is one of the largest house churches in the area with more than 1,000 members. For a few years now, it has rented two floors for worship...
A major announcement about house churches -------------------------------------------------------- Posted: June 27, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2006 WorldNetDaily.com The little guy is back. For the first time in 1,700 years, simple churches meeting in homes are once again a factor in human events. In many countries, they're booming so strongly that critics and opponents can no longer brush them aside as a fringe movement. And as I documented repeatedly in "Megashift," home churches are producing millions of proactive Christians who now and then perform miracles (though the credit ultimately belongs to God, of course). But this week, even I was shocked...
It looks like a modest two or three-bedroom apartment from the outside. The casual observer would never guess it is the home of a growing house church in one of China’s major metropolitan areas. But on Sunday they come—all day. What started with four or five members has mushroomed to 100 attenders—mostly students from a nearby university—in a little more than a year’s time. “They share with friends and classmates, roommates or teachers,” explains Jet, the young leader of the congregation. “This is the common way.” Some are drawn to the church as they search for the meaning of life....
Jim Rutz, WorldNetDaily's newest columnist is making the case for a revolution in the Western church world. Rutz advocates "Open Christianity" with no "buildings, paid clergy, or sermons" meeting in homes, offices, and restaurants. Rutz believes that joining an Open Church can be "a giant step up to a whole new level of life." He promises an exciting "new Christianity" where people can realize their full potential away from the restraints of a hierarchal church. Clearly Rutz strikes a nerve. Too many Christians are mere pew potatoes, doing little in the body of Christ. Churches are often more focused on...
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