Skip to comments.Luis Palau Says Chinese Churches Should Register Themselves
Posted on 11/25/2005 2:24:58 PM PST by Terriergal
First of all, I would not call them underground churches, but unregistered.' Underground has the connotation that you are hiding, and that is not how it is," he said. Personally, I would encourage the unregistered churches to register and receive greater freedom and blessings from the government."
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Registering would be a fatal mistake.
For example, in the U.S. you have to register to pay taxes and get your tax returns, he said. For clergy, only when they register would they receive the benefits from the government as clergymen. The U.S. did this for the sake of keeping order. In Argentina, our churches registered with the government.Fancy bit of equivocation there. What about all the ministries and churches that refuse tax exempt status in the US? I would assume that he would frown on house church or the disobedience to the oppressive laws that occurred in the founding of this country, then.
And if there are laws that do stand on biblical truth, Christians should be able to stand for their faith. However, faith should not be used as a pretense to defy the law, he said.
It seems more and more like prominent preachers are not 'finishing well.' Billy Graham has been wishy washy, even (remember his coddling Bill Clinton!) Joel Osteen can't preach about sin and judgement, neither can Rick Warren and all his cronies. TBN preaches a gospel of prosperity and fulfillment if you just have enough faith (never mind Jeremiah and all the others who suffered and still today those who suffer daily for their faith!)
BTW TBN has made similar noises about China.
FYI, there are also "unregistered" churches in the USA.
This man has become--in this instance--an unwitting servant of the Devil and a rather inglorious public idiot. May true Christians in his organization have the courage to rebuke him.
Registering with the state church should seem unthinkable to any evangelical from a free church background.
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