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1,000-member Chinese church defies government

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More than 150 Christians were released Tuesday by Chinese authorities, but their pastor and his wife remain under house arrest after police raided a church service scheduled to take place in a public plaza.

An underground Chinese church (photo: China Digital Times)

“Almost all of the more than 150 Christians rounded up in Beijing when they tried to pray outdoors have been released,” reports the Bangkok Post, “but church leaders remain under house arrest.”

On Sunday, Beijing police arrested at least 169 worshippers from the 1,000-member Shouwang “house church,” which is not formally recognized by the Chinese government, according to the watchdog group China Aid.

The Chinese government has frustrated the church’s efforts to find a place to meet. In 2009, church members collected and paid $4.1 million for the full floor of an office building, but the owner came under pressure from authorities and has refused to hand over the keys. Until last week, the church had been meeting in a leased restaurant. The government then pressured the owner to cancel their lease.

It was then that the church decided to meet outside in a public plaza. Church leaders made no secret of their plans to gather outdoors, announcing the service on the Internet. During his sermon last week, Pastor Jin Tianming warned his congregants they would likely meet resistance.

“At this time, the challenges we face are massive,” he said. “For everything that we have faced, we offer our thanks to God. Compared with what He faced on the cross, what we face now is truly insignificant.”

It is illegal to share Jesus with children in China

According to church members, Tianming, other church leaders and scores of worshipers were blocked by police from leaving their homes on Sunday. Others were detained as they emerged from the subway station at Zhongguangcun Plaza, where the open-air services were to be held.

By 8 a.m., hundreds of police officers, both uniformed and in plain clothes, swarmed the area. They questioned passers-by and herded church members onto buses.

At one point, a group of plainclothes police kicked and beat a group of four young people. As one of the buses pulled away, the congregants pulled out prayer sheets and began to sing Christian choruses loudly.

The incidents came as the United States and the United Nations expressed concern over a growing crackdown on any kind of dissent across China. Artists, lawyers, writers, activists and intellectuals have been detained.

“Only the pastor and his wife and one woman believer are still in police custody,” China Aid director Bob Fu told the French news agency Agence France-Presse. “Surveillance vehicles remain outside the apartment buildings of many Shouwang members. We believe that their freedom of movement will remain restricted for some time to come.”

About 15 million Protestants and 5 million Catholics worship at officially recognized churches in China, according to recent official data.

However, an estimated 50 million or more others pray in “underground” or “house” churches, which refuse to submit to government regulation. Some estimates are even higher – claiming 150 million Chinese Christians make the Chinese church the largest ethnic group of Christians in the world.

“The raid on the church, which sought to pray outside after it was evicted from its building under government pressure, was part of a broad crackdown on dissent over the last seven weeks,” reported Andrew Jacobs and Sharon LaFraniere in the New York Times. ‘The campaign has led to the jailing of scores of rights lawyers, writers and activists, as well as the repression of unauthorized worship.”

“This latest incident comes at a time when the Chinese authorities appear to be putting pressure on all kinds of real and potential opposition to the government,” reported BBC News in Beijing.

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CLICK HERE to read about China’s 2011 Lenten crackdown against Christians.
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freedom

posted May 10, 2011 at 7:37 pm


sorry, i differ: JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE.

“There is a way that seems right to man, but its end is destruction.”
we didn’t arrest you when you try to share with us, so why should they be arrested for attending Church? How do YOU feel if we persecute you for going to temple? No double standards,pls.

Our sins are forgiven, we have both logic and faith.



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Sieed

posted April 29, 2011 at 7:53 pm


I beleive that the Chinese are deeply rooted in Budaism.And it will take alot of pray from believers to bring them to the knowledge of Christ.



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Linda Harris

posted April 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm


So you are christians in china trying to spread christianity a very noble thing to do I might add. You are dealing with a very ancient culture. These people believe in Buddhism and so do I even thogh I was baptized catholic last month. Infact I am thinking of becoming a lay buddhist. I love the wisdom of the buddha. The peace I feel when I pray before the buddha is amazing. I honestly think that the problem that christians face when dealing with cultures other than there own is brought about because they fear losing who they are and assimilation as well. I mean how would you feel if Peoiple from India came and like you tried to evangelize christians to there beliefs in the Ganesh for instance; I mean how would you feel? I think the best approach is to let them know that you respect there culture and beliefs and you will have less resistance. You know as a christian I don’t put GOD in a box because my faith makes me open to all kinds of ways o f seeing GOD. The chinese belief of fengshey. Taoism is very deep. As a christian I love the wisdom. Have you ever heard of Buddhanet.net? You should check it out. I feel you very receptive to my message. Welcome fellow christian! You guys rock! I will definately pray for you.



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Teresa

posted April 16, 2011 at 9:49 am


It has been fore-told that this day would come & it has! Eventually,this will be a world-wide event! Believers need to prepare & keep the word of GOD in their hearts forever-more! May we continue to be strong & never deny CHRIST,who made the way for us!!! Amen! :)



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Debbie

posted April 16, 2011 at 2:06 am


May god be with the people in china, My heart goes out to them each and ever day.. the devil is lurking around but we need to put are hearts and trust in the lord , he needs to be put back in the schools and we sould have the right to pary where ever we want to i feel sorry for china peoplewhen judgement day comes and right here in united states also.



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Eric Bynes

posted April 15, 2011 at 4:42 pm


All i have to say is that the Devil is a lie and i am praying for china. God sees and Knows all things…thank you lord. This to shall pass.



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eliot jager

posted April 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm


the trinitarian polytheists are getting their just desserts.



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Sandra Webb

posted April 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm


Dear Lord,

Please bless the people of China and around the world, that we may worship you and sing your praise without fear of retribution. Thank you Lord for the sacrifice you made for us. Bless your people Lord that we may walk with you and always know your love. Peace to the world, Amen



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Rare Jewel of Christ

posted April 15, 2011 at 8:56 am


Just bible prophesy being fullfilled. Jesus said that we will be persecuted for his name sake. The devil knows that the name of Jesus is above every name and he is doing what he can to take down as many as he can with him because he knows that Jesus is the man that is going to defeat him and send him to his eternal torment.



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