Many Chinese convert
source (Vermont) Burlington Free Press
Standing next to the traditional lion statues and red good-luck signs,
members of Chinese Christian Church in Silver Spring, Md., are staking out
Chinese restaurants and markets and promoting a different type of blessing.
Some volunteers have even pored through the phone book, looking for Chinese
surnames, to send them mailings about Jesus Christ.
David Ma told his father that for his 18th birthday,
his greatest wish was for him to go to church.
"And I was prepared to get him a car," said his father
Ning Ma, 48, incredulous - but impressed - by his son's passion. He
was so moved, he began to attend church every week and was baptized in
In recent years, Chinese immigrants have been
converting to Christianity and aggressively proselytizing. "Nearly a
third of Chinese Americans now attend church, compared with the small
fraction who did 50 years ago," said Fenggang Yang, a leading scholar on
Chinese Christianity at Purdue University. In the same time frame, the
number of Chinese churches in the United States has grown from 66 to more
The increase in church membership comes at a time
when Chinese are among the largest and fastest growing ethnic groups in the
country. There are an estimated 2.4 million Chinese, an increase of
nearly 50 percent since 1990.
Traditionally, many Chinese immigrants have come
to America without a commitment to a religion. Indeed, Korean
immigrants, who brought with them a Protestant tradition from South Korea,
have jokingly distinguished themselves from Chinese arrivals by saying,
"Chinese build restaurants, Koreans build churches.
As increasing numbers of Chinese build churches,
they've become part of a revitalization of American Christianity by
immigrants groups. Many Chinese Christians are evangelical, a
conservative and fervent brand of the faith.
"It's no longer white or southern; it's something that
people who look very different are doing," said R. Stephen Warner, a
professor of sociology and religion at the University of Illinois in
Chicago. "There's a change in the landscape. They're filling
otherwise empty churches."
Historically, Christianity has been stigmatized in
Chinese culture as a relic of Western imperialism. "One more
Christian, one less Chinese," was an old saying directed at Chinese
converts. And once the communists came to power in China in 1949, all
religion was officially banned.
But as communist China has opened up to the West, the
Bible and other books have become available, allowing people to explore
ideas. In 1989, when government troops shot student demonstrators in
Beijing's Tiananmen Square, many Chinese lost their faith in communism and
began looking for other answers.
"Among the Chinese, Christianity is not so
strange anymore," Yang said.
For years, Chinese Christian Church, founded in
1958, had watched its congregation decline.
Today, about a third of the church's 300 members are
new immigrants who converted in the past decade.
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devised by human laws for the purposes of society and government, as
distinguished from natural person)? Did you know that whenever you see
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subject to a system (commonwealth) of mere men? They tend to come
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tells me to test the Spirits. "This is how you can recognize the
Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has
come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge
Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you
have heard is coming and even now is already in the world." 1 John
Do you really think any of these so called servants want to
take the time to talk Jesus as I am doing? I'll dub you Judge on this
one. Now stay with me please because the fact our Nation is in trouble
is no joke. I'm talking TRUTH to you. Now to set you free in
your minds, know that this system is contrary to our American Heritage, and
surely does not have ANY resemblance to the Kingdom of Heaven available now. In fact this system is in direct conflict with the Holy Command "You shall
not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on
the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to
them or worship them (practice them); for I the Lord your God, am a jealous
God...") Exodus 20:4,5. It is also a money system for which Jesus
said, "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and
love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." Matthews 6:24.
the impersonal corporate banks (the people may not be, but the system is)
are foreign and they live on earth in America like it is a big Monopoly game
board. They are out for keeps and never intend on starting a new game.
You'll never work hard enough to keep up the $ (money) because a certain few are in
control of it, and mind you, money is fabricated out of nothing - fiat
money. Know too that Jesus denounced legalism. His ways are
above the dotted "i" and crossed "t", and does not separate law from moral
truth. You need not be branded like an animal to live in America.
Now you need not panic. The GOOD NEWS is that Jesus came to save us
from our sins and to set us free from systems of men. Here is what
God's Word says about it. "If my people who are called by My name
(this includes everyone because we are One Nation Under God right?), will
humble themselves (admit we've erred) and pray (find out about your role in
God's spiritual church) and seek My face (His will on earth) and turn from
their wicked ways (start unfailing love towards your neighbor as thyself,
and stop participating in this Social system by your own free will), then
will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their
land." II Chronicles 7:14. Also "Stop trusting in man, who has
but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?" Isaiah
2:22. "Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the
waves (of time), and blown here or there by every wind of teaching and by
the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming."
My personal prayer for all who read this: No longer give God lip
service, but give Jesus first place in your heart and soul. And if you
really think I am risking persecution for fun, think again, for I truly love
my American people. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and
forever." Hebrews 13:8.
Sincerely in Christ Jesus,
Thomas Millington, Ambassador
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