Samuel Lamb

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Samuel Lamb
Born(1924-10-04)October 4, 1924
DiedAugust 3, 2013(2013-08-03) (aged 88)
Guangzhou, China
OccupationChinese house church leader
ReligionProtestant Christianity

Samuel Lamb or Lin Xiangao (simplified Chinese: 林献羔; traditional Chinese: 林獻羔; pinyin: Lín Xiàn-gāo; Wade–Giles: Lin2 Hsian4-Kao1; October 4, 1924 – August 3, 2013) was a Protestant pastor in Guangzhou, China. He was a leader in the Chinese house church movement and known for his resistance against the state-sanctioned Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM).[1]

Biography[edit]

Lamb was born in a mountainous area overlooking Macau. His father, Paul Lamb, was the pastor of a small Baptist congregation.

Lamb was imprisoned for more than 20 years (1955–57; 1958–78) for his faith in Christ and refusal to join the TSPM. In spite of "honey-bucket" duty at labor farms or backbreaking work in coal mines at labor camps, Lamb continued to teach.[2]

In 1978, Lamb was released from prison and, in 1979, he restarted the church in 35 Da Ma Zhan, Guangzhou. Because the attendance grew quickly, he then moved the meetings to 15 Rong Gui Li, De Zheng Bei Road. The house church is now known as Rongguili Church, under the name Damazhan Evangelical Church.[3] The house church continued to hold four main services each week, with an estimated attendance of four to five thousand,[1] but was closed on October 14, 2018,[4] and a second time on December 15, 2018.[5]

Since 1979, he published a series of booklets called "Voice of the Spirit" (Chinese: 灵音小丛书; pinyin: Líng yīn xiǎo cóngshū); now there are more than 200 booklets.

He died in Guangzhou in 2013, aged 88.[6] For reasons of security and site elements, the date of the farewell ceremony was changed from August 17, 2013 to August 16, 2013, in Baiyun Hall, Yinhe park, Yinhe cemetery, Guangzhou. There were nearly 30,000 mourners in attendance.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Murashko, Alex (5 August 2013). "Death of Pastor Samuel Lamb Leaves 'Hole in the Chinese Church,' Says Open Doors USA". Christianpost.com. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  2. ^ Anderson, Ken (1991). Bold as a Lamb: Pastor Samuel Lamb and the Underground Church of China. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. pp. 89–91.
  3. ^ "ChinaAid: Police block access to decades-old church". www.chinaaid.org. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  4. ^ "Another prominent house church shut down". Voice of the Martyrs. 1 November 2018. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  5. ^ Lau, Mimi (16 December 2018). "China shuts prominent Christian church, third this winter". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  6. ^ World Watch Monitor (6 August 2013). "Chinese house church leader Samuel Lamb dies". www.christiantoday.com. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  7. ^ Lau, Mimi (17 August 2013). "Huge turnout at funeral for house church leader in Guangzhou". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 16 March 2017.