CHINA - Officials target unregistered Church.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
China – Officials target unregistered church
Authorities appear to be carrying out their campaign of eradicating unregistered churches by clamping down on Christians in Shandong province.
We have received reports that all the members of one church were visited in their homes by officials and directed to attend government-approved Three Self churches instead.
This move by the authorities would appear to confirm that a government campaign to eradicate house churches is well under way (Prayer Alert, April 23).
According to our partner China Aid, a secret document was issued by the authorities last September aimed at 'completely eradicating house churches' in three phases. The first phase, from January to June this year, was to investigate unregistered churches and create files on them.
According to China Aid the clampdown can be traced back to December 2010 when the Communist Party Central Committee launched 'Operation Deterrence'. Government officials were told to 'guide' Christians attending unregistered churches to worship instead in the officially sanctioned Three Self churches.
• Please pray that Christians in Shandong would remain strong in their faith and have wisdom in expressing their beliefs.
• That the government campaign to eradicate unregistered churches would backfire and lead to further growth in Christianity.
Please pray for "the least of these" in the Persecuted Church Prayer Forum at top.
Acts 21 Now they have been informed about you that you continually teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn back from and forsake Moses...Therefore do just what we tell you. With us are 4 men who have taken a vow upon themselves. Take these men and purify yourself along with them and pay their expenses [for a temple offering],...Thus everybody will know that there is no truth in what they have been told about you, but that you yourself walk in observance of the Law of Moses.