Monday, November 25, 2013

China, small churches harassed by China

China Aid, introducded by Heartfelt Counseling Ministries.

"I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do.5"But I will warn you whom to fear : fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell ; yes, I tell you, fear Him!"Are not five sparrows sold for two cents ? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God."Indeed , the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear ; you are more valuable than many sparrows.And I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of Go ;but he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God."And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him."When they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say."
Luke 12:4-12 (NASB).

Nov 24 at 12:07 AM

Dear friends,
The meeting site of a Christian house church in Beijing was raided for being an“illegal gathering.” According to the believers, at least three house church meetings in the local area were raided by police.
More than 20 people, including police officers, religious affairs officials and joint defense team members burst into a meeting of 25 believers where they began breaking up the meeting, destroying installations in the room, and removing four or five cases of Bibles!
When a radio station contacted the local police and religious affairs officials on Monday they told the station that due to security concerns believers are not allowed to meet in private.
On Sunday morning, a meeting of Christians from the Harvest Church was broken up by more than 20 people from Gaoliying Police Station where the police cut short the sermon, forcibly dispersed the believers, and searched the rooms for religious items.
Mr. He said:
“More than 20 of them came in yesterday while we were meeting. As soon as they
arrived, they started removing computers, projector and stools from the room. Their
director said that we were not welcome, and [they] took all our books, hymnals and
Bibles. These past few days, we've been getting ready to negotiate with them and get our
things back.”

Another person, Ms. Xing, said the police officers were rude and outrageous after they entered the room, shouting “'Stay seated! Don’t move!' [They were] like bandits, even grabbing the Bibles we were holding in our own hands. And, when we tried to make a video recording of them with our cell phones, they grabbed the phones and deleted everything.”

House church believers hold small meetings throughout Beijing, and most of the time, the authorities don’t interfere, but an Officer later explained that this meeting was broken up because, as he put it “there was a relatively large number of people there; there were children and elderly people. If something dangerous happened, they themselves cannot be held responsible.”

Mr. He said that many house churches in that town met with the same fate. Also, Beijing's Chenguang Bookstore, which mainly sells religious literature, was subjected to multiple inspections from different government departments around the October 1 National Day holiday – they were told that they could be shut down.

On October 18, 2013, Christianity Today released information about a new report that was introduced in a meeting in the Houses of Parliament. The report claims that the persecution and resulting exodus of Christians in many countries threaten the religion's worldwide status. And, the report also claims that the two largest sources of said persecution are fundamentalist Islamist groups and communist governments.
China Aid

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