Early Rain Covenant Church Member Escaped to Taiwan: 'No Long Safe' for Christians in China
More information has surfaced regarding the lockup of 100 members of the Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, China, in December.
49-year-old Liao Qiang, his 23-year-old daughter, and four other family members escaped to Taiwan last week, where they were interviewed at a Presbyterian church service in Tapei about the conditions that led to and followed their initial arrests on December 9 and 10.
â€śI knew it was no longer safe for us [in China], and that my children were most in danger,â€ť Liao told The Associated Press, saying his daughter had had to notify Chinese officials of her location through social media whenever she left the house in the months following their arrest, while he himself was asked to sign a confession renouncing his faith and involvement in the church.
â€śIf our elders decided to break up the church, then I can accept it. But itâ€™s not up to [the government] to say itâ€™s evil...
There is no real dichotomy between spiritual issues and human rights issues. The gates of hell shall not prevail... means the church invades the realm of which the devil is prince, and he shall not prevail against the invasion.
YIA, I hear you regarding the content and also understand that you are in no position to speak freely. I think you are stating that Communism is not a Christian issue or a spiritual issue. The problem you have mentioned in the past about Early Rain is that they seek to overthrow the government.
Being in the US, I don't have the same fetters you must, sadly, endure. Therefore, I note that Communism and all other forms of Marxism are incomparable with a solid understanding of work and economic activity described in the Bible. Secondly, the elders of Early Rain and other like minded churches signed a statement that seemed very consistent with Scripture to my understanding, at least, and specifically wrote that they were not seeking to overthrow the government.
As a human rights issue, this is sad. And indeed, this was always a human rights issue combating communism and not a Christian one, fighting a spiritual war. You won't find anyone talking about putting on the armour of god, or persevering like the jews in James' time. You won't find any biblical lesson any of these articles.
But it opens up a pandoras box, you allow one cult, thousands more will enter through. The subjects in this article, clearly want one thing and thing only: an american citizenship, and that is not bad, but it's not a Christian issue, more of a humanitarian issue.