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BEIJING Äî The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson, one of the best-selling non-fiction books in the past ten years, has gutted China’s house church movement, say observers.
“Chinese Christians used to sacrifice everything for Christ. Now they only want God to bless them,” says one Chinese elder who has served five prison terms for planting churches. He and others say China’s Christians have “grown soft with navel-gazing” and have lost their tolerance for persecution.
Copies of The Prayer of Jabez began circulating in China in 2001. Many Christians began “talking endlessly about God expanding their borders and keeping them free from pain,” says one Chinese pastor whose weekly prayer meeting shrunk to half its previous size.
“Instead of asking God to strengthen the Chinese church they pray for personal fulfillment. They ignore all the Bible except Jabez,” he says.