Chinese Christian Says He and His Church do Not Fear Government Persecution
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 Dec 18
Although the Chinese government has been cracking down on churches and Christians in China, one Chinese Christian says Christians in China are not afraid.
According to Christian Today, Zhang Tan who is a member of Huoshi church in Guiyang, Guizhou province, condemned the government’s decision to ban his church.
In China, religious freedom is limited and all churches are banned except government-sanctioned ones.
Zhang said that he and other Christians do not want to be a part of a church that is associated with the government. "With genuine faith, and as a Three-Self Church in the truest sense, we do not want to participate in political organisations, particularly a political organisation that committed many political mistakes and will not admit it, defiling the sanctity of the Lord's Church,” he stated.
Zhang added that members of his church are involved in running the “Home of Love,” a place for orphaned children to receive care.
“Why was this church, which provided positive energy to the community, banned by authorities?” Zhang asked.
China is reportedly increasing its crackdown on churches and Christians, but Zhang says, “As a Christian and a member of Huoshi Church, I would say that we do not fear. We accept that God blesses us; we also accept that God allows suffering to happen.”
Publication date: December 18, 2015