“When we heard that Shouwang Church is being persecuted again …
We knelt down to pray to give thanks and praises to our God because we are delighted that the bride of Christ is closely following her husband.”
More unrest in China last month as officials shut down and locked up a 1,000-member church.
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The congregation of the Shouwang Church is well-known for refusing to register with the government when asked to do so five years ago.
They are strong in Christ and are willing then to stand up for what they know is right.
Their former senior pastor, Jin Tianming, and his wife founded the church in their home in 1993.
Sadly, due to China’s crackdown, Pastor Tianming has been under house arrest since 2011.
He was arrested after the church became famous for their unwillingness to relent to China’s communist regime.
After being evicted from several buildings in 2011, the church started hosting service in Beijing plaza.
Authorities would show up every Sunday to harass the parishioners, ask for IDs, make arrests, and even threaten to make sure their jobs were taken away from them.
Still, this tenacious church has carried on, finding places to worship wherever they could.
It seems that any church that becomes too large or invites people with whom the Chinese government does not agree is seen as a threat.
And Shouwang Church has not exactly kept their movements a secret. And they have indeed become large, much too large to go unnoticed by the Communist party in China. In fact, they are known as one of the largest house churches in China.
The Chinese government has been harassing and warning the Shouwang Church for years, but in March, they officially shut down operations and detained many members before releasing them to their families shortly thereafter.
The Shouwang Church had lately been meeting in a building. Recently, during a children’s Bible class, around 20 government police and officials raided the building and told the members that they were no longer going to be allowed to meet.
The government has now changed the locks on the building to prevent the congregation from meeting there.
And their current pastor, Zhang Xiaofeng, was forced to sign a document saying that the church has “conducted activities as a social organization without registration, which is in violation of Regulations of Religious Affairs and Regulations on the Registration and Management of Social Organizations.”
There has been an outpouring of support for the church., both from other Chinese house churches and from Christians all over the world as they watch the situation in China continue to escalate.
China’s persecution of Christians, which has been going on for years, has only been getting worse since the election of their current president, Xi Jinping.
In fact, sources say that persecution in China is the worst that it has been since Mao.
The Chinese regime has even been reported to be sending Christians and Muslims to work camps, or “re-education camps.” These are places where people are educated in how they should behave and how they should follow the Communist party.
It is also said that the people taken to these camps are forced to renounce their faith to prove that they are putting their faith in China, in the Communist party, and in Xi Jinping, the president of China.
Let us all pray for those in China, and our brothers and sisters in Christ, who are suffering this intense persecution. Though hardship has befallen them, we know Who has this situation in hand.
They are suffering for the name of Christ, and we are told in Romans Chapter 5: “1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
The more that Christians are persecuted, the more they are shaped to stand up for Jesus!
Christ told us that there would be tribulation in our lives because of His name, but we know that this tribulation does not happen in vain. We also know that we are not to fear those who are against us because we know Who is for us.
And we know Who is for our brothers and sisters suffering this tribulation in China. They are being oppressed and persecuted, but they are free in Christ!
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