We had a powerful presentation at church today from Brother Yun, a representative of the Back to Jerusalem organization and former pastor within the underground house church movement in China that claims 130 million Christians. The Back to Jerusalem group’s goal is to complete the Great Commission by preaching the gospel from China back to Jerusalem, covering all of China, India and the Muslim countries of the Middle East. Evidently Mao’s intended extermination of Christianity had the opposite affect and the church has experienced ongoing revival instead.
I’ve not read Yun’s book, “The Heavenly Man“, but his stories this morning were captivating, especially of having his legs broken in a maximum security prison, then having Christ Jesus appear and tell him to rise and walk out of the prison, ala Peter and the apostles in Jerusalem (Acts 5:19). Four sets of locked doors were miraculously opened and he got up and walked out. He prefaced this portion of his sermon with a dynamic account of the story of Lazarus. (Or rather, I should say, his English translator gave a very dynamic account – Yun seemed restrained compared to the interpretation that we heard.)
Yun and his translator were considerably more animated than normally seen here in frozen Minnesota, though there were a few brave souls willing to say “Amen” and “Hallelujah” in response. They were engaging enough to forgive them their obvious premillennial view of things as well as the inevitable offering call. They obviously took great pride in seeing China as being filled with the Holy Spirit, to the point of saying that America was no longer a moving spiritual force in Christianity and that “the dragon was coming!” (I have to assume that had been an unintended apocalyptic image.) That had to make a few people squirm in the pews and certainly made me reflect on my spiritual activity.
Has anyone else seen Brother Yun and his translators make a presentation and/so seen information on Back to Jerusalem? I’m curious to see how others have responded.