And it’s not shy about holding services.
In the month of May, government forces arrested all those who attended church and kept core leaders under house arrest. This is the eighth week the church has defied
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Baptist Press says it has put
“It also shows no signs of slowing down. More than 160 were arrested the first week Shouwang tried to meet outdoors, about 50 were arrested the second week, approximately 40 on the third week, about 30 on the fourth week, 13 the fifth week, 20 the sixth week and 25 the seventh week.”
But the arrests are just the tip of the iceberg...
THE VOICE OF THE MARTYRS: “One church leader says he was tortured while in police custody. Many members have lost their jobs and homes due to government pressure on employers and landlords.” In e-mail, one church member says, quote, “This is a great spiritual battle, keep praying for us.”
Why are Chinese authorities cracking down so hard on Christian groups? Northumberland Today explains.
“…[T]hese churches are … regarded as a potential threat to the political monopoly position of communist leaders… [T]hey are wary of churches not directly under their control…Now especially… given the Jasmine Revolution in the Middle East, the Chinese government is afraid that this spirit could spread in
According to a French magazine, a leaked report from 2006 suggests there are almost 130 million Chinese Christians, compared to the just 5 million in 1949, when Mao came to power. This means Christianity is probably the second largest religion in
“The growth of Christianity is all the more remarkable considering it occurred despite decades of bloody persecution under Mao... Christianity has now adapted to the local realities and is no longer seen as a strange faith imported from elsewhere. Millions of new devotees are convinced that
Le nouvel Observateur also says Christian congregations like the
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