Chinese Christians are standing up against the government’s attempts to make itself greater than God. The Chinese government wants to control every aspect of society, including how its people worship God. But believers in Jesus are willing to disobey immoral laws. They’re willing to suffer the consequences to show their persecutors and fellow citizens that God is the ultimate authority and source of hope. One Chinese church, has come under harsh persecution. Their Facebook page, Pray for Early Rain Covenant Church, has documented the persecution with images and videos. It is good to have this look into the faith of our modern-day persecuted brothers and sisters.
Members of Early Rain Covenant Church, have faced pointed persecution. More than 100 church members and church-affiliated university students have been detained. Some have been deported from the church to their hometowns or kept under watch at their homes. Sixteen members of the Church are in detention, and four have been missing for more than a week. Their church was declared officially shut down, for being unregistered with the government. The church’s Facebook page reported various forms of persecution against church members from police rounding them up from homes, detaining them in police stations, and physically assaulting them.
Police have told them to sign pledges that they would only attend state-sanctioned churches and forbade them from meeting in their church. Police have followed them when they leave home and arrested them for visiting other church members in their homes. Since government officials declared Early Rain banned, 60 police officers raided another Chinese megachurch and also banned it, confiscating church books and other property. This raid of Rongguili Church, which attracts up to 5,000 worshipers a week, marked China’s third shutdown of a megachurch since September.
Written by Aliya Kuykendal in The Stream. Sourced from the National Alliance of Christian LeadersPrint This Post