Crosses Torn Down in China

I just received word today that Chinese house churches are calling for nationwide prayer from September 26 to 28 for religious freedom in their country.

Persecution inside China has increased “where church leaders are going to prison, are being sent to mental institutions, are being beaten and tortured and where crosses have been forcibly removed from now over 1,800 churches since 2014.”  (Writer Jesse Carey of Relevant Magazine reporting).

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Photo by China Aid  

I am convinced that what we see in these pictures visibly represents what Satan would like to do in the heart of every Christian in the world–break our faith in Jesus Christ and the power of His name, His cross, His blood.

Would you like to join us in fasting and prayer for the cross to be lifted high in this world and satan’s plans broken?

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

(Words of Jesus, Son of God, Savior of the World)

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“If I am lifted up, I will draw all men unto Me.”   Jesus

I want to help our brothers and sisters to lift Jesus’ cross in China. Would you like to join me?

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About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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9 Responses to Crosses Torn Down in China

  1. David Bella says:

    This has been an object of prayer for me for some time now. It started in the Wenzhou area of Zhejiang Province (I hope I spelled those correctly) and has spread to a few other areas. Exactly what the reason they’re doing this to the official TSPM churches for isn’t known but seems to be some kind of crackdown on anything Christian. Wenzhou has the highest per capita number of Christians in China.

    Note of interest: When the Three Self Patriotic Movement churches were first formed they were controlled by the party and its leaders were unbelievers; now the TSPM is pretty well controlled by believers and is on good terms with the house (unregistered) church.

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    • That’s right David. The TSPM (Three Self Patriotic Movement) churches are the government approved churches of the last 25 years, which were not persecuted because these larger churches that met in larger buildings in China were approved by the government. Yet today’s typical TSPM church is no longer governed by a party leader, but by a genuine Christian pastor.

      The Religious Affairs Bureau (RAB) of China is the arm of government that supervises these churches.

      For the last decade, the TSPM churches have been experiencing a revival of sorts. They used to be like the staunch denominational churches in our nation that provide liturgy and a form of worship, but not the power of the gospel. That’s changed dramatically for many TSPM churches which now worship vibrantly and preach with power.

      The good news is that whether through TSPM preaching or the efforts of the underground house church in China, the gospel has continued to spread throughout China. Little wonder the devil is stirring up trouble to try to stop it. He LOSES!

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  2. Indeed I will join you in fasting and prayer. Fix your eyes upon Jesus is the song I left my devotion time this morning….stare full in His wonderful face and the things of this world will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.

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    • Billie Jo, that’s exactly what we need–Jesus centered prayer. I praise God for you and your willingness to join the Chinese in prayer.

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    • For those following comments–please pray for me that God will show me the publisher that He desires for the 4th novel in the series. I wrote the novel TWO YEARS AGO but the novel is centered on Liko (main character) helping one of his father’s seminary friends in the big city whose church cross is being torn down by the Chinese government. Why did I write it? Because the Holy Spirit told me to focus on this, even though some insiders advised me not to write on it and that the problem with crosses being demolished was small and concentrated in one area. These people were right, but God saw this coming. I’ll need God’s favor with a strong publisher and distributor to get the book out there. As you might imagine, the warfare against this novel is great. Admittedly, there are times I wonder what it would be like to focus all my hours on pets and the welfare of puppies dogs and kitty cats and (my personal love) horses and sell millions. I have written a little bit on these topics, but God continues to use my “pen” to lift up the cross, especially in China. Not complaining, just explaining!

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  3. Denise Wendle says:

    I will pray about this too. I wonder if any of the kids in my class live in those provinces. Today I actually talked to these Chinese students who do not yet profess Christ and told them that Christianity is about a relationship, not a religion. And it is about the Love of the Father and our love for him, our love for Jesus. I mentioned how Christians in China used to be persecuted and how they were willing to die not for a religion but for their savior, their relationship with Jesus. For the first time I felt a really got through to them and one boy who is very close to accepting Jesus seemed really touched. I did not know that persecution was still going on like this. I will talk with them about this. And I will try to remember to pray more about this. Thank you for reminding us that this is going on in the world still in China.

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    • Denise, I’m glad you chimed in here. I’ve found that most Chinese students do not realize that persecution is going on in China. We must remember that one of the rules of the TSPM (government) allowed church is that NO YOUNG PEOPLE under 18 years of age are allowed to attend. I’m told some exceptions have been made the last 10 years, but most children and young people in China are forbidden to go to ANY CHURCH. What is odd about this is that most of the young people don’t even realize that they’ve been forbidden to go to church. Christianity, if mentioned at all in their schools, is looked down upon and is largely ignored by the general Chinese population.

      In order to understand the mindset of most Chinese, realize that there are two things that are paramount in their goals:
      1. Economics–make a lot of money
      2. Education–climb the ladder of education to get to the money and perhaps power

      The grandparents of your students went through terrible struggles under Chairman Mao and the Communist Revolution that finally trickled off slowly in the 80’s. Their parents and great grandparents likely saw things that they never talk about for fear of retribution. The atrocities committed in China by the Red Guard in the 60’s and 70’s especially are largely ignored in school textbooks. Frankly, they are largely ignored in American history books as well. At the end of those three decades, fear was instilled in the hearts of the people of China and no one wanted to “rock the boat” of the Chinese government and risk being an object of their scorn and retribution. Of course, Christians were treated terribly but so were educators, lawyers, and doctors!

      I touched on some of this history in the three novels in the Daughter of China Series.

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  4. David says:

    Almost a decade and a half ago I was part of a group that spoke to pastors of both unregistered and TSPM churches. One of the latter told how they had managed to allow children in a number of churches in a very major city. Unfortunately this usually isn’t the case. I also know of children in another city being allowed in church and saw children in a Catholic church being taught on a day not a Sunday. I’m sorry I being very vague but even now don’t want to upset any apple cart by being more specific. I don’t know who else will read this.

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