Today in Christian History – July 2

1921 – At Zang Xien, China, Wang Ming-dao preaches his first public sermon, taking as his text, “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.” He will become the “father” of China’s house church movement, rejecting assimilation into the official Communist-controlled Three-Self Patriotic Church system.

http://www.christianhistoryinstitute.org/today/7/2

Wang Mingdaao was an independent Chinese Protestant pastor and evangelist imprisoned for his faith by the Chinese government from 1955 until 1980. He has been called the „Dean of the House Churches.”

Wang Mingdao believed in the inerrancy of the Bible, the depravity of man, and justification by faith. He criticized shortcomings of both Chinese and missionary churches, emphasizing that Christians should live holy lives. Wang likened himself to the prophet Jeremiah who had attacked social corruption and false prophets, and Wang especially opposed purveyors of liberal theology such as Western missionaries and the YMCA, which he said had destroyed the faith of young people.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Ming-Dao

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