Conversion to Christianity from the time of Constantine until the Protestant Reformation relied on social networks and social care to attract believers, but it is not the case in China. Becoming a religious believer in the family is not the most important growth model, but need-based conversion.
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was handcuffed while a city police officeer knelt on his neck.
George Floyd, 46, did have a criminal record and a really bad one at that. However, this is not Floyd’s life story ends. He was changed because he had met the Lord Jesus, repented of what he had done, and trusted in God.
A wife of a pastor suffered from domestic violence for years. She said, "I see no love in him. It is all lies, immorality, vanity, and self-righteousness." Then she was brave enough to divorce the pastor and shared the sad story.
There have been some weird suggestions, such as in America where COVID patients were told they would be healed by watching TV programmes in which pastors perform healings. Some South Korean pastors believed in God's protection of His believers so, therefore, encouraged congregations not to fear infection and therefore continued having on-site gatherings. Apart from that, there have been various responses to the outbreak by the Chinese Christian media. The responses can be categorized into three main types.
For traditional Christianity, this is not a good time because the once fervent religious enthusiasm has almost become extinguished due to the pandemic and the defeat of Trump in 2020. Meanwhile, traditional Christianity has also come to an end era in a mixture of good and bad times.
Chinese actress Zheng Shuang was accused by her former partner Zhang Hengn who claimed she abandoned their two children born to surrogate mothers based in the U.S. Christians in China give comments on the incident.
The word ‘pandemic’ was chosen as word of the year, according to an article issued by the Guardian, "Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com Choose Same Word of the Year: pandemic". Whether the key words of the year are selected or not, it means that this year is destined to be an extraordinary year. For this year, we can use the word "change" to describe the state of the church. The church is constantly changing, changing in its position, denominations, doctrines and theology. Pastors changed the bottom line and attitude. Believers changed churches and beliefs. Society was constantly disappointed and even rejected Christianity.
If you want to know the past situation of rural churches, you need to ask rural elderly believers and preachers to get a general understanding from them, and you can also listen to their stories about changes to the church. The reason why rural churches are in their current situation lies in how people have changed. Is the environment changing too fast? Are we getting increasingly sophisticated?
In the Church, Christmas is celebrated every year and Christmas performances are arranged every year. Originally, under the religious atmosphere of Christmas, there was true worshiping of God and feelings for Jesus. However, as time goes by, if the form of the celebration hasn’t been changed, the whole event will truly be a ‘form’ only.
Churches that have resumed on-site gatherings should provide their congregation with appropriate technical training on how to use network technology. Online churches should also teach more believers how to use various online media tools to ensure they experience a good quality of online services.