Skip to comments.China rounds up worshippers from underground church (not "sanctioned" by Communist authorities)
Posted on 04/18/2011 2:52:10 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
....Mr Fu said 47 Shouwang members who tried to worship in an open-air public space on Sunday were detained and all the church's pastors and leaders were put under house arrest or in detention. In an earlier statement, Mr Fu said some church members had lost their homes or jobs amid an official campaign to shut down the church.
While China's Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, Christians are required to worship in churches run by state-controlled organisations, the Three-Self Patriotic Movement for Protestants and the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association for Catholics.
However, more than 60 million Christians are believed to worship in unregistered "house" churches, compared to about 20 million in the state churches, according to scholars and church activists. The growth of house churches has accelerated in recent years, producing larger congregations that are far more conspicuous than the small groups of friends and neighbours that used to worship in private homes that gave the movement its name.
Their expansion and growing influence have unsettled China's rulers, always suspicious of any independent social group that could challenge Communist authority.
Shouwang members have for years been at odds with Beijing officials over their right to worship. Tensions escalated earlier this month when the church was evicted from its usual rented place of worship, a Beijing restaurant. Church leaders decided to temporarily hold services in a public space, prompting police to tape off the area and detain anyone who showed up to take part, with nearly 200 people kept at a local school for several hours.
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The Chinese government fears the LORD the same way Pharaoh did.
To the underground Church in China (and the invisible Church everywhere else):
“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” - John 15:18
Grant that the family of Christians may withstand the attacks of the forces of evil. We ask it in the Holy Name of Your Son, Jesus Christ.
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