It's happening very rapidly, for the most part last year the persecution was politically motivated, with groups like China Aid siding with cults to promote democracy under guise of religious persecution, now it's quickly becoming spiritually motivated, a real anti-Christian mentality.
1 Peter encourages persecuted believers, that there is a place waiting for them, and the pain in this life is short lived, compared to eternity in heaven.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, (1 Peter 1:3, 4 ESV)
Your offer to help someone is nice I don't struggle with suicide, but I really appreciate your offer at the end of the podcast. I still have on my old phone a podcast of yours from 2012, where you said the same thing for any pastor who struggles. Many times I've been thinking of emailing your church, but even though your offer to help is genuine, I have this fear of being just another Internet person, a nobody, just an unknown, coming from the online world and connecting with the real world, I fear I won't be able to relate. But I will try someday
not sure if that post about christopher is a joke or bullying, i guess herein lies the challenge to discern such things. Can you imagine being a public school teacher dealing with things like that?
As a young boy I often skipped classes, more than normal.As a teacher now, I often see myself in some students, though I understand how they feel, I'm powerless to help. It's not that encouragement is not available or offered, but it's that it's never taken. Kids prefer help from other kids, or gangs.
I often don't love living here, the constant evil, and sin, real life slavery, rascism, the constant cheating and theft, and thought control since everything is monitored, cameras everywhere.
But I have friends from Africa and Ukraine, where life is much more hard, so much so that most of them find jobs as dancers in Chinese bars, hoping to make ends meet in the prostitution industry, because white and black are considered exotic.
I recently learned that word Apostle in Latin means missionary, people who are sent. I meet so many missionaries who are ignorant, unprepared, and unteachable. And they get financial support to be tourists.
But in all of this, I have grown in my relationship with God, Opening the bible and studying is not a chore, I can relate with so many things Jesus and the apostles went through, that it's cool to see the Bible speak to me!
There are many things to be concerned about in this article, but this one stands out:
"‚ÄúParty members who have religious belief should have strengthened thought education. If they still don‚Äôt change after help and education from the party organization, they should be encouraged to leave the party,‚ÄĚ the new rules say."
We know that "help and education" part means re-education prison camps that house about a million minority Uyghur today.
A normal Chinese person can lie and get out of most persecutions and accept corruption as is their way of life, but I don't know what will happen to Christians, hopefully their testimony shine brightly.
And yet I see many people remain in the church. Anyone who has invested their whole life supporting a lie, financially, prayerfuly, physically, simply can't leave it. I have always angered many people with my claim that the Catholic church is the worlds largest cult. When I was young I would read the Left Behind series of books, and it would always mention the Pope getting raptured! Many protestants believed the popes were saved, which is sad.
The neighbor thought she was less than 5, and alone for 90 minutes outside, in Chicago. I can understand his concern.Even if she is 8 years old, that's still too young to leave them outside for so long!
I would agree that some africans are quite zealous and pray loudly to god. Similiar are the Mormons and J.W who do much of the evangelism in america.
Too bad majority of them all are relegious, but not saved. Recently I talked to a friend from Nigeria, he loves God, Bible very much and shares scripture with his secular teachers. But when confronted with the truth that he is a guilty sinner and must pay the price, he could not answer the question "What did God do so that you don't have to go to hell"
It's not a good feeling to find out that some many nigerian christians are murdered and many could be like him.
Ever since the invention of podcasts and audio books I have started to read less and less. The problem with this is that not every worldview gets represented in audio form, and you are just stuck on this same stream of information. I have noticed search results from YouTube and Google constantly feed me the same biased info, and essentially Google is searching and deciding information for me.
There's still many faithful true Christians, but you don't hear about them because they are satisfied with what they got. And what do they have? - Cheap Bibles easily available at most official churches, even with some many ministries claiming this or that farmer needs the Bible, they are available. Apparently for some people it's worth to invest in a Bible, even if it means skipping breakfast for a week.
- Online resources, translated sermons, Paul washers preachings, this site! almost every popular ministry has books available in Chinese, from John Piper to John MacArthur.
- Christians have no trouble meeting one another in their homes, what is trouble some like this article mentioned is 200 people house churches.
I feel there is a little bit of mis-information here, let's start with this: "since religious freedom was written into the Chinese constitution in 1982."
Constitution never meant anything, and history proved this over and over again. It was designed to deceive people that China would someday become democratic, but powerful corporations knew this all along, which is why they chose mainland over Taiwan.
"They are part of what experts describe as a spiritual awakening in China."
Making such a statement without describing what theology this awakening uses is useless. And infact the entire article won't mention if it's roman catholic, pentacoastal, SDA, or prosperity preaching. Infact Jesus is not even mentioned. Many people still believe baptism saves, but you would never know this unless you ask around, which no journalist seems able to do.
"Chinese Christians say the Bible gives them a sense of right versus wrong and the strength to endure in a country where power often trumps justice. While China‚Äôs rapid growth has brought prosperity to many, others despair at what they see as a deterioration of public morals."
These Christians believe the Bible can make them into better people, and if they embrace the morality of the Bible all corruption will cease. It's a work ba
It's just their national flag, there is no hammer and sickle on it which would be the true communist flag. No different than flying the American flag...
But the article did mention this, which is a more serious matter and should be front page, but Christian victim priorities...
According to the U.S. State Department‚Äôs annual International Religious Freedom Report, Xinjiang is experiencing some of the most brutal religious repression in the world. The Chinese government is forcing hundreds of thousands of Muslims into ‚Äúpolitical re-education camps,‚ÄĚ where they are often tortured and forced to violate their beliefs, sometimes by being forced to eat pork.