The coronavirus that devastated China’s population hasn’t stopped the communist government from shutting down and even razing churches across the country. The persecution has impacted state-run churches and underground house churches alike, according to the watchdog Bitter Winter, which monitors religious freedom in China.
“The Communist Party’s persecution of house churches is increasingly severe,” a member of a house church in the province of Jiangxi told Bitter Winter . “This is mainly because more and more people believe in Christianity.”
On April 27, more than 30 officials razed the Jiangxi house church, telling members it had to be destroyed because it was privately owned and unapproved by the government, Bitter Winter reported. Still, the 20 or so church members continue to worship in secret. “We will be fined 50,000 RMB ($7,000 USD) if the government discovers us worshiping together again,” the member told Bitter Winter. On April 17, more than two dozen officials stormed a house church in another village in Jiangxi province and broke up the service. “They told us to raise a national flag and display portraits of Mao Zedong and Xi Jinping,” a house church member told Bitter Winter. “All gatherings were banned, and the officials said that if we meet again, we will have to hand over the church building to the government, and it would be converted into an activity center for the elderly or a factory. Or it would be demolished.” China also has targeted state-approved Three Self churches during the pandemic. On April 24, local officials began destroying a large Three Self church in the province of Shandong at 5 a.m., with construction equipment knocking down walls and police guarding the scene. The building was constructed in 2009 with congregation funds. Even though the building had stood in Weifang city for 11 […]
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Commentary By Jamie Pantastico
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CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IN CHINA
The blood-thirsty and irrational hatred for Christianity has been part of the Chinese Communist Party’s DNA for decades. Christian persecution has ramped up since around 2018. With Christians in China numbering around 100 million and growing significantly faster than comrade Xi’s satanic CCP with 90 million adherents. It’s no mystery why Xi Jinping and his evil regime have the peddle to the floor with the murder, torture, and imprisonment of Christians with the hope of completely annihilating Christianity in China.
The CCP will never succeed. Because Satan is a defeated foe and for Christians Satan’s power has been broken. The best this fallen world can do to believers is harm our fleshly bodies but are spirit and eternal destiny is hid in Christ, in God (Colossians 3:3) and no one, no entity not even Satan can change that.
‘What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”’
CHRISTIANS ARE ALREADY CONQUERORS BECAUSE OF THE CROSS
‘Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’