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How do you respond to The Heavenly Man?

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Yesterday I saw Brother Yun, a.k.a. “the Heavenly Man” speak at Blackshear Baptist here in Gainesville (see my first blog about it here). You’ve got to love the guy’s passion and the miraculous stories he tells. But his experience with house churches and years of persecution was interesting to se…
By Seth Barnes

heavenly man 2Yesterday I saw Brother Yun, a.k.a. “the Heavenly Man” speak at Blackshear Baptist here in Gainesville (see my first blog about it here). You’ve got to love the guy’s passion and the miraculous stories he tells. But his experience with house churches and years of persecution was interesting to see juxtaposed with the large choir seated stiffly behind him clad in black robes (and the rest of us seated in front like spectators daring him to amaze us).

Anyway, Yun seemed unfazed by celebrity – his love for God and his conviction spoke clearly despite the fact that he used an interpreter.

Anyone who says, “God isn’t in the miracle business anymore” just needs to listen to Yun for a little bit and reconsider their unbelief. For example, the story about how his family came to Christ. His father was eaten up with cancer and dying. His mother couldn’t handle it and was going to commit suicide when God spoke to her and told her that Jesus loved her. She repented, gathered the family around her husband’s bedside, and prayed for him. Within a week, he was healed.

Jesus called Yun to be his witness and soon he became a powerful one, preaching to the underground church and winning many converts. Along the way, government officials beat him more times than he could count, using some of the
most intense torture techniques of the time (such as having needles shoved
under his fingernails).

The culmination of his struggle came when he went on a miraculous 74-day food and water fast. During this time, he led several prisoners and prison
guards to Christ and started a revival in the prison.

After several prison
escapes, the guards severely beat him, breaking his legs. In the end, Jesus and spoke to him his cell: “Stand up and walk out.”

Yun responded, “”But it’s a top security prison!”

Jesus didn’t back down, “Walk, walk!”

Yun got to his feet and as he did so, his legs were healed. He walked to the first prison door and it opened. And as he got to the next door and the next, they too supernaturally opened. The guards at each station were blinded from seeing him. And at last, he stood blinking outside the prison.

Yun’s line to close his sermon was classic, “And the same way Jesus set me free from prison, he will set you free too!”

During that all-too Caucasian 9:30 service, the irony was the congregation’s tepid response. I was ready to get saved all over again, yet when Yun asked us to raise our hands and receive the Holy Spirit’s power, my friend observed, “Only about 20% of the people raised their hands.”

God help us in America if that’s our response to such an invitation.

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