Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Note from Pastor Kevin Lea: In 1994, I met with Pastor Samuel Lamb at his church in Guangzhou China. He explained to us how the decades of persecution he endured had actually spread the gospel and strengthened the church. I can still hear him telling me, “Persecution good for church.”
But now the Chinese government, in the same city where I met with him, is armed with: millions of surveillance cameras, data harvested from social media, and the age old practice of using paid snitches in their desire to crush the church.
Armed with these technological weapons, the Chinese will be very effective in silencing the gospel in all areas except for the concentration camps in Western China where Christians and Muslims are being taken. Please pray that the Lord will use these remnant Chinese Christians in the lives of the Muslims they are being held with. I suspect this same persecution will come here as the kingdom of the antichrist is being formed. Very soon the Lord will be taking His faithful church home to be with Him.
For a short bio about Samuel Lamb, see: https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2013/august/died-samuel-lamb-china-house-church-pastor.html
The Guangzhou Department of Ethnic and Religious Affairs is offering about 10,000 yuan (approx. $1,500 U.S.) to anyone who has verified information about and can help with hunting down leaders of illegal house churches. That’s about two months’ salary for the average Chinese citizen. Lesser rewards are being offered for information about where believers meet and about behavior encouraging “religious extremism.”
Brynne Lawrence of ChinaAid says it’s the latest in the long-running persecution of Chinese Christians and other religious minorities by the oppressive Chinese government. “The government’s really trying to crack down on religion because it views religion as an attempt by foreign countries to infiltrate and undermine its power,” she explains.
China has fought against religious minorities of every stripe since the cultural revolution of the 1960s but has picked up speed under President Xi Jinping, who is going after Muslims and Christians with a renewed zeal.
Lawrence says leaders and church members simply disappear. “The people who have connections to foreign religious people, they’re viewed with a lot more suspicion,” she shares. “Some of them might be taken in for questioning, some of them might
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