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A group of “thugs” hired by local Communist authorities barricaded the campus of Zion Church, the largest house church in Beijing, threatening Christians and calling their faith a “cult”.  The incident at the church involved the thugs preventing the Christians from  gathering to worship.  The group also stopped church members from attempting to unlock padlocks they had put in place, and blocked church administrators from trying to retrieve computers and other church documents.  The latest crackdown against house churches in China is reflective of President Xi Jinping’s disregard for religious freedom.  China is experiencing the worst Christian persecution since the Cultural Revolution.  The international community should not turn a blind eye to the injustices committed against Chinese Christians.

Let us continue to pray for strength and wisdom for the Church in China as they navigate through intensified oppression.  Zion Church has over 1,500 Christian members across its eight campuses in Beijing, and has been targeted by the Chinese government in its ongoing crackdown on religion.  Local authorities have forced church officials to install surveillance cameras inside and outside the campus space, resulting in believers being spied on and questioned.  Church officials have sought a balance between responding to the demands of authorities and insisting upon the right to freedom of religion, as China’s Constitution guarantees.

Church pastor, Guo Xijun, opposed the installation of cameras. “It is an extremist act by authorities designed to intimidate and dominate. If we obey evil without seeking God’s wisdom, it would be irresponsible and dangerous.”  House churches in China have faced similar crackdowns throughout the year.  Back in June, 30 Chinese government officials broke into a church in Guangdong and arrested the pastor.  Pastor Huang vowed he would take legal action.  People ask me, ‘Pastor Huang, aren’t you afraid of being fined?’ I answered, ‘No, I don’t have any money, car nor house.’  They also ask,  ‘Aren’t you afraid of being imprisoned?’ I said ‘I never fear imprisonment, and I do not even fear death’, Huang said.

Source: The Christian Post