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Chinese authorities demolish Christian church 

A huge church purportedly built with almost £2 million raised from local worshippers in one of China’s poorest regions has been demolished by authorities, the latest flashpoint between religious groups and the officially atheist Communist Party.

The Golden Lampstand Church in the city of Linfen in the northern Shanxi province was destroyed with dynamite and heavy machinery, witnesses and overseas campaign groups said.

Chinese state media dismissed the demolition as part of routine removal of illegal buildings, but critics fear a more political motivation.

While freedom of religion is supposedly guaranteed in China, Beijing’s stability-obsessed leaders are deeply suspicious of any organisation which does not come under its rigid controls.

Pictures released by the US-based religious campaign group ChinaAid showed the church’s steeple and cross toppled on the floor around a pile of rubble.

The church has been embroiled in a long-running battle with the local government and several of its leaders where imprisoned in 2009 during a previous crackdown.

Bob Fu, founder and director of ChinaAid, said. “The repeated persecution of Golden Lampstand Church demonstrates that the Chinese government has no respect for religious freedom or human rights.”

The church, which has a congregation of about 50,000, is one of a growing number of independent churches in China.

Many of China’s 60 million Christians refuse to join churches sanctioned by the Communist Party and instead choose to worship at independent churches, or what are sometimes known as house churches.

Officials have removed crosses from more than 1,200 churches in the eastern province of Zhejiang since early 2014. Many other churches have been demolished in the province.

The demolition of the Golden Lampstand Church started on Tuesday and continued on Wednesday, said the state run Global Times newspaper.

It was being demolished as part of a “city-wide campaign to remove illegal buildings”, it said, citing local authorities.

A local pastor at a nearby church said that he saw a large number of paramilitary police on Tuesday descending on the area around the building, which was being taken apart by heavy machinery.

He later heard, but did not witness, a loud explosion, added the pastor, who asked to remain anonymous.

 

source: Telegraph

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One Response to Chinese authorities demolish Christian church

  1. A. S. Mathew

    Since Mao took control over China, in 1949 the Christian population went underground which was around 5 million. But through tribulation the Christian faith began to grow. The former Chines leaders at that time when Jimmy Carter was the U.S. President promised him the permission of the building of Churches and printing of Bibles; thus the Amity Bible Printing Company became the largest Bible Printing Press in the world printing Bibles in over 100 languages by the millions every year.

    Based on many authentic data, 10% of the Chinese population are Christian believers. Like the fastest growth of Christianity in the world is in Nepal, in China, it is penetrating very fast to the remote areas everywhere in China.

    This growth is creating some alarm to the Communist party leaders. On the other hand, many of the Communist party leaders are followers of CHRIST. The followers of Christian faith in the communist party are convinced that if the religion of China is not Christianity, then China will not be a super power of the world like Britain and U.S.A., because those countries had Christianity as their religion.

    The Church has not grown anywhere in the world without persecution. So, these attacks against the Christians is simply a prelude that Christian faith which is a living faith following a living GOD JESUS CHRIST will be exploding in China.

     
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