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When the gospel is allowed to grow naturally in China, without forcing processes of development, the "church in the house" is usually its first form of organization. God grant us faith and courage to keep "hands off" and allow this new garden of the Lord's planting to ripen in the rays of the Divine Love, free from human interference!
- Lottie Moon, Pingtu, September 10, 1890
Was Lottie Moon right for China at that time?
Is she right now for Europe? America?
I've been increasingly struck in recent years at the way Paul preached the gospel and "allowed" it to take root in its natural, culturally appropriate context. In the case of the first century Greco-Roman world, this natural context was the extended household.
Is the same true in twenty-first century Britain?
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