Imprisoned Chinese Christians Memorize Entire Bible: ‘They Can’t Take What’s Hidden in Your Heart’

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Imprisoned Chinese Christians Memorize Entire Bible: ‘They Can’t Take What’s Hidden in Your Heart’



With Scripture passages scribbled on scraps of paper and smuggled into prison, Chinese Christians imprisoned for their faith are memorizing the entire Bible.  


“…Even though they can take the paper away, they can’t take what’s hidden in your heart,” a woman who had been imprisoned said, according to the Christian Post


On a recent trip to China, pastor Wayne Cordeiro of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, Hawaii, held a leadership training where he learned about these Christian’s love for Scripture. Out of the 22 attendees to the training, 18 of them had been imprisoned for their faith. 


If Cordeiro, an American, had been caught at the training, he would have been deported within 24 hours. But the fate would have been much worse for the attendees: three years in prison. 


In a recent sermon, Cordeiro shared the depth of these Christian’s understanding of Scripture. 


At the beginning of the lesson, he realized that they only had 15 Bibles for the 22 participants. 


But it didn’t matter. When he asked the audience to turn to 2 Peter 1, he noticed that one lady handed her Bible to the woman next to her. Cordeiro realized that she had memorized the whole book.  


“When it was done, I went over to her at a break and said, ‘You recited the whole chapter,’” he said. 


“In prison, you have…

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