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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

China accused of anti-Christian campaign as church demolition begins

Prophecy Sign:  Persecution of Christians in the last days




Christianity may be growing in numbers in China, but as it does, so will the persecution of those believers as the officially atheist Communist government clamps down.

Then they will hand you over to be persecuted and will kill you. You will be hated by all the nations because of my name. Matthew 24:9 NET

China accused of anti-Christian campaign as church demolition begins
Demolition teams began destroying parts of a Chinese church that has become a symbol of resistance to the Communist Party’s draconian clutch on religion, activists and witnesses said on Monday. Sanjiang church in Wenzhou, a wealthy coastal city known as the "Jerusalem of the East", made headlines earlier this month when thousands of Christians formed a human shield around its entrance after plans for its demolition were announced.
Church members accused Communist leaders in Zhejiang province of ordering an anti-church crackdown and claimed there were plans to completely or partially demolish at least 10 places of worship. Officials rejected those accusations, alleging the church had violated building codes. After mounting their high-profile occupation in early April, many protesters withdrew from Sanjiang church after its leaders appeared to have negotiated a compromise with the government. However, that deal appears to have broken down in recent days with reports that some church leaders and worshippers had been harassed and detained by security agents and officials.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10792386/China-accused-of-anti-Christian-campaign-as-church-demolition-begins.html

China cracks down on Christianity, demolishing church that symbolized resistance to Communists’ grip on religion
Demolition teams have destroyed a Chinese church that has become a symbol of resistance to the Communist Party’s draconian grip on religion, activists and witnesses said Monday. Sanjiang Church in Wenzhou, a wealthy coastal city known as the “Jerusalem of the East,” made headlines earlier this month when thousands of Christians formed a human shield around its entrance after its demolition was announced. Church members accused Communist leaders in Zhejiang province of ordering an anti-church crackdown and said at least 10 places of worship there were facing complete or partial demolition. Officials denied that, claiming the church had violated building codes.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/04/29/china-cracks-down-on-christianity-demolishing-church-that-symbolized-resistance-to-communists-grip-on-religion/

Fears for China's churches as Christianity rises
A quarter of a century on from those debates - eventually and fatefully won by the hardliners - the Party appears similarly split over religion and Christianity in particular. Some leaders are said to share Prime Minister David Cameron's newfound enthusiasm for the faith as a weapon against spiritual and moral collapse. But as with the 1989 protests, many others view Christianity as a “hostile” and “foreign” danger that needs to be stamped out.

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