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China jails “underground” church’s elders, steps up crackdown

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Three elders of a large congregation in China’s Jiangsu province hav been arrested

“Official persecution against the Suqian house church in coastal Jiangsu province escalated Saturday with the administrative detention of three of the church’s elders, according to the China Aid Association. “The five-day detention sentences follows the sentencing last month of the church’s pastor, Pastor Shi Enhao, to a two-year re-education-through-labor sentence.

“Furthermore, Pastor Shi’s son Shi Yongyang, his daughter Shi Yumei and her husband Zhang Quansheng are all at risk of being detained as well.

Pastor Shi is deputy chairman of the Chinese House Church Alliance. House churches are not recognized by the government and are treated by officials as subversive organizations.

The Chinese government has launched a crackdown on all such “house churches.” Freedom of religion is begrudgingly tolerated in China, but only at state-run churches pastored by government-hired clergy whose sermons are approved by the Communist Party and often reflect current policy matters rather than spirituality. Evangelism is not permitted, nor is attendance by children. As a result, most of the legal “Three-Self Patriotic Association” churches are attended by the elderly.

An unknown number of Chinese Christians — estimated between 50 and 150 million — worship in house churches. There are reports that the Chinese Communist Party has become nervous that party membership is lagging behind church membership.

The res0nse has been arrests and detentions of house church members as well as political pressure on their employers and landlords. A number of members of the 1,000-member Shouwang Church in Beijing have been forced to move out of the capital.

“China Aid calls on churches everywhere to pray urgently for the Suqian house church,” said China Aid’s president, Bob Fu. “Pray that the persecuted believers will have an intimate experience of God’s comfort and protection, and that the persecutors will gain nothing from their actions. Persecution can only grow and strengthen the church!”



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Margareth

posted August 28, 2011 at 8:48 pm


God is with them right now. He is hovering over them like a mighty eagle while they are praying. Take heart, the Light of the world is with you.



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Laureen Sanchez L.Ac.,LMT

posted August 24, 2011 at 10:20 am


Amen! May our Lord Jesus cover them with His precious Blood and bind the enemy in Jesus ‘ Name over the churches in China, Pakistan, Egypt and anywhere else the Light of the Holy Spirit of God is actively being condemned !



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adelfa r. cabillon

posted August 24, 2011 at 6:06 am


Let us not stop praying for them.



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es de la marque

posted August 22, 2011 at 12:26 pm


persecution is good for Church …China much milder today than before..their persecution has produced more than a hundredfold in Christians in 50 years,,,today the Church grows reportedly 20-25 thousand per day..let us pray that when Christianity takes over China and the East and all of the Muslim and Hindu strongholds that they well display all the love and forgiveness that should presented …lest they forget that Christ saved them and not themselves..



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abercrombie

posted August 19, 2011 at 4:31 am


We could quit propping up atheist China, and let the whore fall the same way the mother of all whores (i.e, the USSR) did. We should revoke China’s “most favored nation” status, and invoke stiff tariffs on Chinese imports. Then red China would fall the way the USSR did.

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abercrombie

posted August 19, 2011 at 4:26 am


Now if you really want to put it to China, stop buying their products. Of course, you’d have to give up your cell phone, computer, and many other conveniences. But hey, whatever it takes to make the “whore” fall, right?

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Research Paper

posted August 18, 2011 at 8:27 am


This is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion.



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Richard Johnson

posted August 15, 2011 at 7:04 pm


“We could quit propping up atheist China, and let the whore fall the same way the mother of all whores (i.e, the USSR) did.”

The only problem is this…China is propping us up.

Now if you really want to put it to China, stop buying their products. Of course, you’d have to give up your cell phone, computer, and many other conveniences. But hey, whatever it takes to make the “whore” fall, right?



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interpreter

posted August 15, 2011 at 5:32 pm


The persecution of Christians must stop or else. We could quit propping up atheist China, and let the whore fall the same way the mother of all whores (i.e, the USSR) did. We should revoke China’s “most favored nation” status, and invoke stiff tariffs on Chinese imports. Then red China would fall the way the USSR did.



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