You may remember I wrote about the Chinese Christians who protected their church with a human shield and how they are an example to us all.
Sadly, the government has pressed ahead with the destruction it planned.
From the Telegraph: “China accused of anti-Christian campaign as church demolition begins.”
Demolition teams began destroying parts of a Chinese church that has become a symbol of resistance to the Communist Party’s draconian clutch on religion, activists and witnesses said on Monday.
Sanjiang church in Wenzhou, a wealthy coastal city known as the “Jerusalem of the East”, made headlines earlier this month when thousands of Christians formed a human shield around its entrance after plans for its demolition were announced.
Church members accused Communist leaders in Zhejiang province of ordering an anti-church crackdown and claimed there were plans to completely or partially demolish at least 10 places of worship.
Officials rejected those accusations, alleging the church had violated building codes.
After mounting their high-profile occupation in early April, many protesters withdrew from Sanjiangchurch after its leaders appeared to have negotiated a compromise with the government.
However, that deal appears to have broken down in recent days with reports that some church leaders and worshippers had been harassed and detained by security agents and officials.
On Monday morning demolition teams began tearing down parts of the church in Wenzhou, a city around 230 miles south of Shanghai that has one of the country’s largest congregations.
Note to Chinese tyrants: The Church is not a building—it is a People, in union with the Messiah and Creator of the universe. You cannot destroy the Church.
You can tear down a structure, but in the end the Church will outlive your petty power plays, and the glory of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the seas. You and your failed ideology have already lost, so why not join us before it is too late?
We welcome you, even with the dust of that building on your hands.
For more on the meaning of the Chinese government’s hostility to the Church, see Mark Horne’s post, “Good News! Chinese Government Thinks Christianity is Growing Too Fast.”