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“A History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in China.” – Rebekah Liu

Date: December 19, 2015

Speaker: Dr. Rebekah Liu

Position: Ordained minister in China

Topic: “A History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in China.”

Venue: Whirlpool Room, Chan Shun Hall

Attendance: 40 (?)

Presentation: When the Communists took over in China in 1949 there were 200 SDA pastors, 20,000 members in 200 churches; the denomination there had several schools & medical institutions. Despite the fact that Adventist ministers were sent to labor camps, church properties were confiscated, and SDA institutions were closed, the number of SDAs increased 1000% to almost 200,000 by 1989, when religious freedoms increased somewhat. Since 2000 membership growth has been slow; without centralized leadership organization is congregational. This contributes to diversity in doctrine & praxis, with a strong emphasis on legalism; presentations on grace are regarded as heretical even today.

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