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Friday, July 8, 2016

China's Persecuted Churches Forced to Hand Over Donations to Communist Regime

Prophecy Sign:  Christian Persecution


Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. Matthew 24:9 NIV

China's Persecuted Churches Forced to Hand Over Donations to Communist Regime
The Communist Party in China's coastal Zhejiang province is forcing persecuted Christian churches to hand over all of their tithes and donations to government officials, reports have said. Many of these same churches that have had their rooftop crosses forcefully removed are now being forced to display the Communist flag where the crosses once stood. China Aid, which has been reporting on the ever increasing persecution against churches in the past few years, said the government's orders are part of a move to crackdown on Christians by imposing regulations. The watchdog group explained in its report late last week that the Communist government has been forcing houses of worship to implement its "five transformations" plan, which consist of "localizing religion (through adopting local architectural styles for church buildings), standardizing management, indigenizing theology (by contextualizing sermons), financial transparency and adapting Christian teachings," to reflect the desires of the ruling Communist Party.
http://www.christianpost.com/news/chinas-persecuted-churches-forced-hand-over-donations-communist-govt-165983/

Christian Persecution on Rise in Pakistan as Believers Fear Muslim Mobs Torching Homes
Police in Pakistan are doing little to protect the minority Christian community from the harassment they face from the Muslim majority, including threats to convert to Islam or abandon their homes, according to an Asian Human Rights Commission report. While attacks and persecution against Christians have been ongoing throughout the country in the past few years, AHRC said in its report that Christians residing in Chak 44, Mandi Bahaudin, Punjab Province, have especially faced aggression at the hands of the local Muslim community. The human rights report summarized several local instances of Muslims placing conditions on Christians to choose between converting to Islam or leaving the village, a threat which police have done little to respond to. What is more, Christians often face unsubstantiated allegations of blasphemy, which puts them in trouble with Islamic clerics.

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