A week after a prominent pastor in China released his viral letter on faithful disobedience amid a government raid on his church, Communist authorities once again shut down worshipers from Chengduâ€™s Early Rain Covenant Churchâ€”one of the most prominent unregistered churches in the countryâ€”as well as Guangzhouâ€™s Rongguili Church, one of its first underground Christian communities.
On Sunday, 60 police and religious affairs officials interrupted weekly gatherings at Rongguili, ultimately closing the church, seizing materials, and taking cell phones from attendees, Asia News reported.
â€śHalfway through the childrenâ€™s Bible class, we heard the footsteps of dozens of police and officials stomping up the stairs,â€ť one member said, according to the South China Morning Post.
â€śThey read out law enforcement notices declaring our venue was an illegal gathering [that had engaged in] illegal publishing and...
Hang in there, Brother Tim. I'm glad that you will instead be joining us in celebrating the almost incredible-to-even-consider act of Philippians 2:5-7:
Let the same mind be in you that was even in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God, thought it no robbery to be equal with God: but he made himself of no reputation, and took on him the form of a servant, and was made like unto men, and was found in shape as a man.
If folks can't get excited about this, then it's hard to see them getting excited about verse 8:
He humbled himself, and became obedient unto the death, even the death of the cross.
QC, thanks to the enlightenment I have received on SA, my family and I will not be celebrating Christmas this year. Instead we will sit around with a sour look on our faces and sing imprecatory psalms to anyone who appears to be having a good time.
Excuse me? Anyways, Maybe I am too political with my recent posts. I have said my peace, if people want to know more, pray for the truth to shine in this darkness. It's Christmas, I prefer to spend it with loved ones and not on an message board app.
Oh boy.. that was a good catch then on your part. From the little I remember, of what I think was him(or her?), these posts seem to be a little more caustic and worse English. Thatâ€™s crazy, I hope he is ok.
I remain concerned, Jim. YIA was never a fan of these churches particularly because of their theology.
Actually, we know some who are knowledgeable about how things really are in the PRC. Some of what is posted below matched what we were told maybe five years ago. But the situation in the PRC has changed. To what extent it is hard for us to judge without more recent ground truth from another source.
But, this author below does not sound to me like the YIA we know and love. Which leads me to ask, "What have you done with the real YIA? Where is he?"
2. Bad journalism exposes this piece as nothing more than propoganda:
Article says: This month, another congregation in the Chinese capital, Cathedral of the Immaculate, has been shut down indefinitely for repairs.
Some Catholics consider the repairs to be â€śa veiled attempt to hamper Christmas celebrations, which attract thousands of people, even non-Christians"
"some Catholics?!?" This is crappy journalism. It's propoganda. Who are these "some" catholics? Is this a middle school paper report?
and once again article says:
"In certain provinces, the CPC has campaigned to remove Christian symbols from Christiansâ€™ homes and replace them with pictures of the president;"
certain provinces?!? This is largerly an undocumented fact, I have asked around Christian leaders, and they say it was the Believers who wanted communism introduced into their church. Whatever, it's just rumor and innuendo, that should not be news worthy, because it is not fact checked.
1. False headline, megachurches are not closing, that makes you think megachurches are being closed. False, only the controversial Early rain church and it's partner church, who as the article says has 5000 people, but has refused to register. Would a 5k church in america be allowed to legally gather without registration? Please tell me.
These are trully illegal churches, who have grown too much in size, and have an anti-christian foreign support from secular organizations to promote human rights issues. Sadly this will lead to real persecution of legal churches because Christians fall for click-bait headlines.