China Shuts Down, Changes Locks on 1,000-Member Church
China shut down a well-known 1,000-member Beijing church over the weekend and then changed the locks to prevent members from returning to the building.
The congregation, Shouwang Church, made worldwide headlines five years ago when it stood up to Chinese leaders and refused to register with the government. Its senior pastor, Jin Tian-ming, remains under house arrest.
In the latest confrontation, more than 20 Chinese police and government officials raided a childrenâ€™s Bible school class Saturday and told church leaders the congregation could no longer meet, according to International Christian Concern (ICC)....
These Chinese Communists just havenâ€™t learnt from their former colleagues of what was the mighty seemingly unconquerable Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which lasted just 70 years, or its satellite Eastern European states which lasted 40 years, and where the atheistic regimes collapsed.
As fast as these governments with their schools, Young Pioneers youth organisations, and state media, mandated atheism, more and more Christians arose, even though their churches were raided and closed down, they were tortured, imprisoned, and even executed, and those that escaped that fate, were sacked from their jobs, or thrown out of school or university, and the Gospel went forward more and more. The gates of hell will not prevail against the church, as our Lord Jesus Christ said.