Friday, May 4, 2012

China To Eradicate House Churches

The Chinese government is going all out to eradicate "house churches" in China.  These churches are mostly underground meaning they do not have the endorsement of the Chinese authorities, thus they are persecuted.  Now the government is going all the way to eradicate these churches.  They are not even allowed to use the term "house church" instead they should refer to themselves as :house gathering".  This is a great threat to Christianity in China as a large portion of Christians worship in house churches all over the country.  Estimated number of Christians ranfing from 80 to 100 million.

House church leaders said "...over 95 percent of house church leaders said they had already felt the impact of these investigations, while 85 percent said local religious affairs departments had already created a dossier for their group".

Let us all pray for the Christians in China and that they will prevail in this persecution.  From the very beginning of Christianity as we read in the Bible, Christians have been persecuted and this is not new.  The Gospel said we will be persecuted.  Matthew 24:9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me."  Nevertheless Christians will endure because we are doing the will of God.  I remember that in Egypt's recent revolution that overthrew Murbarak's government a Christian leader commended that persecution is good for the Christians.  That sounded odd, but indeed the Christians there are very closely knitted and strong.

Man's schemes like those in China has no match for God's purposes.  We will continue to pray for the Christians in China, that they stay strong in the Lord.

Some Christians in China said, "our experience of the Lord differs every week. It is His grace and peace that have protected us and sustained us until now,” a church staff member wrote. “May the power and glory of the Lord become our strength while waiting for God in this difficult circumstance.”

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