I found a book when I was about 20, by Watchman Nee from China. I couldn’t put it down. It was as if he was writing just to me, setting my heart on fire. The book was called: The Normal Christian Life.
Watchman Nee was describing an exciting type of Christianity that I have been searching for ever since — relational, dynamic, revelatory, personal, heart-felt, life-changing, and full of power. After that, I read every book I could find by Mr. Nee: What Shall This Man Do?, The Spiritual Man, The Release of the Spirit, The Overcoming Life, and many others.
Watchman Nee ministered in the first half of the Twentieth Century. He broke with the Western churches in China and began to found small, independent, house churches (organic church) across the country. Most of his books were written down by others who heard his teachings, collected them, and published them in the West.
When the communists took over China, Watchman Nee was arrested for being a Christian leader and kept in prison for the rest of his life because he was unwilling to renounce His intimate, personal relationship with the living Jesus Christ.
The house church movement he helped start is estimated to have 50 million members today. After decades of persecution, they continue to grow. They are all across China risking persecution, jail, and financial ruin to proclaim the wonderful news: Jesus Christ is alive today and working powerfully in our world!
Here’s a brief Watchman Nee sample: “Christianity always involves a personal knowledge of God through His Spirit, and not merely the knowing of His will through the medium of a man or a book.” — “Anything short of a personal, inward revelation of the Lord is not Christianity.” — “Christianity is not based on information, but on revelation.” — “Most of us will agree that outward Christianity today is in a sorry state. It manifests all the ailments and weaknesses of the world. Its work is reduced to a little preaching and a little social service. Its impact on man is negligible.” —