Christians Detained in Henan for Standing Against Cross Removal
The pastor and three staff from Zhongxin Church in Xinxiang County, Henan, were criminally detained by local authorities on February 20, after having firmly resisted the cross removal from their church.
According to China Aid, the four Christians‚Äď Wu Raoyun, Bai Yun, Ma Yanfang, as well as Pastor Li Juncai‚ÄĒ are all members from Zhongxin Church. Their church was once part of the Three-self state-sanctioned church, until it withdrew the affiliation in 2013. More than 700 people regularly worship here.
Last year, the Henan government began removal of crosses across the province, and Pastor Li repeatedly refused to allow the officials to destroy his church‚Äôs cross. His son Li Chao confirmed with Radio Free Asia that his father was charged with ‚Äúdisrupting public service,‚ÄĚ although he only prevented the government from removing the cross twice or three times....
Personally, I don't much care about the manmade cross itself, but the situation in Henan, and China, as a whole, speaks to a much larger, global picture. The church has always been persecuted, abroad, where another false religion dominates, and is government sanctioned, as the state, etc., religion. The persecution abroad has finally gone full circle; infecting the US itself, where freedom of religion, without fear of the same sort of persecution, is quickly fading. Freedom of religion remains intact for every false religion and cult within the US, save for biblical Christianity, which is being persecuted like never before, and more specifically, God's Living Word. God's own Word is now considered hate speech whenever it speaks against anyone's lifestyle of choice, or any other sins that one holds dear. Pastors are being hushed, and street preachers are increasingly being hit with gag orders. More recently, an 84yr old Christian lady is under threat of being homeless, simply because she spoke to another man who lives in the same Veteran's home, about Heaven and Hell. God's warnings made the man nervous, scared him, and caused him to lose sleep, so she got accused of elder abuse.
The church is under heavy attack, but we already knew it was coming, because God warned us.
The modern Chinese Communist government are obviously, in their mind, going to try to finish the work that their predecessor, Chairman Mao-tse Tung, started in destroying the Christian Church, and other religions as well, but along with the brute force as used by him, they are also using technology and economics as well.
They have however forgotten that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church, as we find out from the fall of the mighty 70 year old Soviet Union and its empire.
Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Trust in the Lord , and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Psalms 37:1‚Ä≠-‚Ä¨3 ESV