As far as children ministry goes, officially you can't bring your kids to church. But from talking with some believers, they take this as God's will to take Responcibility for their kids in their home. Too many people use the church as a babysitting tool, while never attending or contributing much to the church.
Because we are supposed to follow the law of the land, if you have 3000+ people meeting in an apartment, you are supposed to register. Size matters, this is not a gospel issue, unless you can prove me wrong.
The leaders of this church, and this church alone sought trouble, found trouble, hence the beatings. They are not known as peacemakers, just google their name, they are known for going against the government. On the other hand, many other faithful churches are known for being peacemakers, shining brightly. All your info comes from one place: China Aid, Bob Fu, ministry for human rights issues, to establish democracy in communist lands. This is not what Christians are called to do.
Replying because some foolish person called me out:
I won't rejoice ever for any suffering, I hate even the concept of hell, even though it's 100% true and just. But go ahead slander me. Compare me to Euthanasia.
This article has nothing new, it's always one church, the Early rain church, yet to gain clicks, they call it a "Megachurch".
Why don't they make it clear, that they are being persecuted not for the gospel, but because this Megachurch refuses to register with government. Why should a Megachurch with thousands of members not be registered?
There are many small house churches who are not registered and are fellowshiping in peace. That is a fact. You get too big, you must register. Why are people rejoicing in a Megachurch? Why not follow the biblical model and split up? Have they forgotten to train men?
There are many 3 self churches who legally operate and preach faithfully. Try the Beijing Haidian Christian church, with it's international and local services.
And as far as persecution in the CCP, clearly you are allowed to leave the group. Why would any Christian be unequally yoked? Would you remain in your company who supports abortion, just for the free dental insurance? What does this say about your commitment to the Lord?
If all fails, they can just throw a money bomb; trillions of fake NK currency, which will devalue their currency, and make them dependent on some other bills, forcing a regime change or face a depression.
It seems like any website can just add "christian" to it's name and it becomes trustworthy, and so it is with the Christian post.
The african gospel is no gospel, unless you believe Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, hold to the truth. Do you? Christian Post does. Sermonaudio is a blessing, but I predict the news part of this site will curse it. Certainly preachers like Paul Washer, Voddie Baucham would agree with me.
all Good points Quiet Christian ðŸ˜Š. Everyone today wants to find something in common with false religions, where there are none. This article might work for works based cults like catholism, the many pentacostals, Seven day adventism, all who rely on the Law of moses for their salvation. They can't start with grace of Jesus, and therefore must start with the idolatery of the Pharisee.
"They answered him, "We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, 'You will become free'?" Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.
I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. John 8:33â€-â€¬34â€, â€¬37
If this is what westerners think china is, they then will be in shock when they visit here.
Cultural Revolution DID NOT fail, what this means is to the average chinese person confucianism is about as relevant as the Bible is to a Millennial, i.e, not at all, save perhaps for a few quips here and there.
To the "does this make sense" guy below: Sometime the communists figured out that most people never read the articles, just the headlines, what's more and this is related to you, they observed that people spend more time reading the comments from others, and were more likely to agree with them. Having learned this, they spent a lot of money into fake posters, getting paid to promote their corporations worldview.
Thankfully it's the chinese new year, and I have one month break with my family in Canada.
but last month many of the teachers are experiencing burn out, because it is the end of the school semester soon. last week a student jumped out from one of my teaching buildings and committed suicide, I was at home ready to leave, so i missed it, but the taxi driver would not.stop talking about it.
The holidays have gotten quite busy, i got some surprise lectures I needed to prepare, (which turned out i did not have to do anything, just free talk with the students), correct and grade final exams, deal with complaining from failed students, the bible school asked me to do a class on the image of God, it went well. a retired gospel singer from california hosted a party, and invited me. She has a genuine heart, but with bad theology. Saturday the Catholic family invite me to their home and tried to convert me. They asked the question "you don't KNOW if you are the elect of God, and therefore must do everything you can to look like one". He is really annoying, but is highly respected.
I wish stories like what I shared could be shared alongside the persecution, but they're not. There are large churches open to all in beijing, who have an english service, and after service, they have a chinese bible study, or have an english corner led by a young american guy who does anything but a bible study. The foreign influence is awful here. But because their white and exotic americans, they get opportunies of influence.
Last month I was wandering around downtown, amidst all the shopping malls, I could see a light, it came from a cross steeple attached to the 3 self church. I'm not denominational guy, but there believers in those churches, every sunday you have literraly thousands of people coming to this large building, speakers blarring out "jesus loves me this i know" chinese hymn, and what do you see inside: Old people, retired, housewives, crammed into tiny pews, cold, bible open, notebooks open, as the female preacher speaks on a chosen verse of the bible. Many have to be put in a different room, with a tv re-broadcast, because it's just so full.
Not perfect theology, but they got the gospel right, I think that's the type of fellowship the local believers want to protect. So far it has been allowed, none has been arrested there. No emperor worship to be found inside, they have a good testimony with the government, known as peacekeepers.