“Christianity Fever” and Unregistered Churches in China

In: Global Chinese Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity

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The unregistered house churches in China have grown enormously in the last three decades, helping create what is popularly known as “Christianity Fever.” But little is known about their origins in the early twentieth century, their nature, and their more recent developments. This chapter explores whether these churches may be considered “Pentecostal” and posits reasons for their conflict with the Chinese government and registered churches. It traces the history of independent Protestant churches in the mainland by discussing the differences between the three generations of house-church leaders. Contemporary issues of registration are then considered, and the chapter concludes by discussing the mission movements initiated by house churches, especially the “Back to Jerusalem” movement.

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