I recently read an article forwarded to me by a friend. In its entirety, it is an interesting look at the broadening influence of the house church movement in China. The paragraph below was at the end of the article.
From The Economist, November 1, 2014
Cracks in the Atheist Edifice
The rapid spread of Christianity is forcing an official rethink on religion
The paradox, as they all know, is that religious freedom, if it ever takes hold, might harm the Christian church in two ways. The church might become institutionalised, wealthy and hence corrupt, as happened in Rome in the high Middle Ages, and is already happening a little in the businessmen’s churches of Wenzhou. Alternatively the church, long strengthened by repression, may become a feebler part of society in a climate of toleration. As one Beijing house-church elder declared, with a nod to the erosion of Christian faith in western Europe: “If we get full religious freedom, then the church is finished.”
No matter how well you cast the seed of the gospel, there will be four types of responses. Though other responses initially look promising, only one type of soil is good and bears fruit. If we expect better results than Jesus, we are deluding ourselves. We must be prepared for both fruitful and non-fruitful responses. That is normal.