Book Report. "The Heavenly man" (christian perspec
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March 25th, 2005
The Heavenly Man
(The Heavenly Man, Liu Zhenying and Paul Hattaway, 2002, 351 pages.)
Ever been hurt for your beliefs? Assailed, perhaps not with stones or rocks, but even unkind words and barrages against your faith? Brother Yun knows all too well what it feels like. Acquainted with not only emotional pain and contempt, but also the most brutal and in-humane tortures known to mankind, Brother Yun, with all due respect, should not rationally be alive today. Though Yun is an amazing person with a mind-blowing history of ministry, he remains a simple man serving his Lord in one of toughest places to do so. Communist China.
Following our Lord fervently since the age of 16, Liu Zhenying, or “Brother Yun”, utilized what little materials he had, if any, to bring great numbers of people to Christ. In a time where anyone found with one of the few bibles in all of China would be publicly beaten and humiliated, Brother Yun cried out to the Lord, prayed, and fasted on only a bowl of rice a day, for one hundred days, all to gaze upon God’s Holy word. Miraculously, Brother Yun received his precious bible and immediately memorized entire chapters at a time. He then devoted all his time to the Lord and preached to entire congregations at secret home churches, simply reciting Bible passages from Memory. Moved by the great spirit of the Lord, his on-lookers fell to their knees and hundreds were brought to Christ.
But the gift that Brother Yun shared freely didn’t come without cost to him. Eventually the “Public Security Bureau” discovered the clandestine Church services which had been underway, and, at the age of 17, Brother Yun was, for the first time, arrested for preaching the Gospel. In the years too follow, Yun would be beaten a countless number of times, and followed constantly by the Public Security Bureau. ‘Though he had electric prods stuck inside his mouth, was kicked on the ground for hours at a time with steel toed boots, and was even used as a dummy for martial arts training when he was incarcerated, Brother Yun replied, “The more pressure there was, the more fire and love there was to preach the gospel.” Brother Yun persevered through severe tribulation for several years and continued to preach the Gospel and grow in faith.
Perhaps the most astounding of his achievements was Brother Yun’s time...