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Bishop Raymond Allan Johnson is the Chairman of the Apostolic Council for Kingdom Destiny Fellowship International — an interdenominational fellowship of more than 200 U.S., and just as many international churches; headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the founder and Senior Servant of GlobalDestiny International Ministries, in Detroit, Michigan; and formerly also in Nanchang, Peoples Republic of China.

Bishop Johnson was consecrated to the office of Bishop on August 4, 2006. His election to the office had come the year before, during the celebration of his thirtieth year in minisry. By the time Presiding Bishop Thomas G. Mitchell approached him to talk to him about his elevation, Bishop Johnson had met and learned from some of the greatest minds in Kingdom ministry; served as an Apostolic Adjutant to two different prominent bishops; mastered his craft — particularly in the areas of Apologetics, Doctrine, Administration, Ecclesiology, and Church Protocol; had writteen Bishop Mitchell's Manual of Protocol; created and been the dean of Detroit Ministers Institute.

In 2004 Bishop Johnson planted Destiny Fellowship, a small church that started in a park on the shores of Lake Erie, in Lorain, Ohio. Bishop Johnson's most recent book, From Kingdom Hall to Kingdom Call gave him a chance to stop and look back at the unlikely circumstances that brought him to where he is today, in ministry: "Look where He brought me from!"

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The Challenge of Christianity in China ...


According to the most recently available data there are more than 100 million Christians in China.*** Official Chinese government sources, however, admit to only about 30 million. The Challenge of Christianity in China provides an insightful look into the story of Christianity in China, that showcases the hardships more than seventy percent of China's Christians face, in trying to observe their faith.

*** For a province-by-province detailed analysis of these numbers, see "How Many Christians are there in China?" by Paul Hattaway

The book draws, in part, from my own seven-year experience living in China; and working and worshipping with the believers I came to know<, while I was there.

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The Challenge of Christianity in China tells the story of the dramatic growth of the Gospel — and the hunger for it — in spite of the horrendous reforms implemented in the wake of the Communist takeover, in 1949. The story is set against the historical background of a religion that started out as a small group of believers to more than 700,000 by the time that it — and all religiour practice, in general — was banned, in 1949. The story also underscores the phenomenal growth, from 700,000 to more than 70,000,000, during the twenty years of the Cultural Revolution — predominantly without the input and influence of outside foreign missionaries.

While the Chinese government maintasins that its people have a constitutional right to freedom of religion, its powerfful Religious Affairs Bureau restricts such freedom to the state-sanctioned churches that belong to the Three Self Patriotic Movement (Protestant), and the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association.

The truth is many Chinese Christians refuse to belong to either of the State-sanctioned churches, especially in view of the tight controls on religious faith and practice mandated by official State policy. Consider these thoughts from an article written by the leading human rights group Forum 18:

"It is well-known that central to the Chinese state's effort to control religious communities is the requirement that religious organisations register with the government. Yet, equally well-publicised is that many religious groups are unwilling to do so for doctrinal reasons and out of concern that registration would result in greater state intervention in the internal affairs of those communities. Of course, that it is often difficult to register with the government has also contributed to the decision by many religious groups not to register.

"Instead of directly confronting the political authorities over the state's denial of the "legality" to meet, most of these religious groups have chosen to meet clandestinely. The burgeoning underground Protestant communities are a clear illustration of this.

"These underground groups congregate regularly in the homes of individual believers, where they meet for worship services and fellowship in secret. The documentary film "The Cross: Jesus in China" – released by the China Soul for Christ Foundation in 2003 – gives an impression of these meeting locations, which change constantly. Meetings are held with such great secrecy that few outsiders are permitted to visit them. Several years ago, members of one Protestant congregation took a foreign television crew to their meeting place only after blindfolding them to ensure that they would not be able to find the location again." "How believers resist state religious policy". F18News 18 January 2005

Consider, also, this thought from the pastor of one Hong Kong church, which ministers to Christians on the Mainland:

"The theology and practices of the official churches were totally anti-Christ. Any knowledgeable Christian (especially older ones) would tell you, almost without exception that the top Three-Self leaders were really communists whose job was to infiltrate and control the church. Basic evangelical doctrines, such as the resurrection and second coming of Christ, could not be preached and Sunday schools or youth groups were non-existent. All evangelism was done within the four walls of the church building; believers were not allowed to travel to other districts or preachers to preach and start churches elsewhere." “An Unprecedented Opportunity to Bring Revival to China through the Official Churches”

Finally, the above-mentioned documentary "The Cross — Jesus in China", by the U. S.-based group, ChinaSoul for Christ, adds this:

"Religion and politics must be separate. Because they believe in this principle, many Chinese Christians refuse to attend the government-controlled Three-Self church.  Their House-Churches and missionary work are considered illegal by the government.  Local government officials can arrest and fine them under national laws that regulate religion.  Therefore, meeting and preaching in secret have become the only way Chinese Christians can survive." The Cross — Jesus In China: Episode 3 - The Bitter Cup

We have so much more to tell you, through the pages of this book. Make it a part of your personal library, today!