On the heels of once again being named one of the worst persecutors of Christians on the planet, the Chinese government used dynamite to blow up and then destroy an evangelical megachurch in one of the neediest regions of the country. The brazen persecution of Christians who do not abide by government-controlled religion is just one example of the inhumane treatment of Christians in many countries today.
A History of Persecution
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” – 2 Timothy 3:12.
According to reports:
“One of the largest evangelical churches in China was completely demolished in a shocking government campaign on January 9th. Golden Lampstand Church in Shanxi Province has been around for nearly a decade with 50,000 congregants. But it wasn’t registered with the Chinese government.
“It’s an unregistered church, but it was completely paid for by many of the Christians there,” reports Anthony Rhodes with Voice of the Martyrs Canada. “The church has a history of being persecuted by government officials and state police in that area…. Previously, there were harassments and some of their leaders were arrested and interrogated.”
Then, last Tuesday, officers of the People’s Armed Police went to the Golden Lampstand Church and announced because it was an unregistered church building, it would be demolished.
“They actually cleared the church of the congregants and put dynamite in the church and blew the church up. They actually blew up the building and completely destroyed the church. There’s video footage of this happening, and then you see many of the workers cleaning up the rubble and bulldozing what was left of this church.” (source).
As Beginning And End previously reported in our article “Christian Persecution And Genocide ‘Worse Than Any Time In History'”, China was named on Open Doors USA World Watch List, which details the 50 worst nations on the world where Christians are persecuted. Its Communist regime forces all churches to register with the government – who can then monitor, regulate and even instruct pastors on what to preach. On a whim, the government can order a church to remove any crosses displayed on its building and a pastor who resists is met with arrest and imprisonment. Poor Christians families are cut off from government assistance if their churches are in violation of any arbitrary government rule.
Pray for China’s Underground Church Movement
This oppression has helped spawn an underground church movement – where believers risk their freedom, jobs and lives to worship in unregistered churches. The underground church movement has exploded with an estimated 60 million Christians attending nationwide. These believers live out their faith in Jesus Christ despite knowing that at any moment, an unregistered church can be raised by government authorities and all Christians arrested. Continue to pray for believers in China to maintain their faith under this oppressive regime and for the light of the gospel to continue to shine in the hearts of those who do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
“Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.” – Luke 6:22-23.