Chinese Christians Block Church Destruction

Friday, April 25, 2014

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

WENZHOU, CHINA (Worthy News)-- Thousands of Chinese Christians in Wenzhou have once again formed a blockade to prevent the Communist government from demolishing the Sanjiang Christian Church, according to International Christian Concern.

The blockade comes only two weeks after a previous standoff when local authorities finally agreed to leave the church be. But ICC sources now report that the government has decided to remove the cross from the church roof, use the first floor for public parking and turn the second floor into a public library, leaving only the third floor available for worship!

As thousands of Christians gathered overnight to protect the newly-constructed church, social media sites quickly posted news about the new blockade while they still had access to the Internet.

"Thousands of brave men and women are risking their lives and welfare to protect the symbol of their faith from a government that is all too willing to breach every rule of international conduct in its suppression of religious minorities," said Ryan Morgan, ICC's Regional Manager for East Asia. "If the international spotlight is taken away now, then these thousands of bold blockaders will be left alone in the dark as police and bulldozers attempt to turn their place of worship into a parking lot."

ChinaAid reported that seven additional churches in Zhejiang Province were also facing "demolition or rectification" orders. In 2000, hundreds of churches were demolished across the province in a massive Communist crackdown on religious minorities.

2 thoughts on “Chinese Christians Block Church Destruction

  1. It has already happened as of this morning - the news does not travel fast across the news media - but it has other ways of finding its way out. Pray for these believers and their government.

    • Update:

      4/28/2014 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has just learned that early this morning, Chinese authorities in Zhejiang Province used explosives to demolish the Sanjiang Christian Church in Wenzhou, China. The demolition reportedly took place at 8:35 PM Beijing time after protestors, including church members, were dispersed by police. The church became the center of a tense standoff after thousands of church members formed a human shield on April 4 in an effort to save the newly constructed church from demolition.

      ICC sources also reported that Christian leaders had been detained or arrested in cities throughout the province, including Wenzhou, Rui'an, Yueqing, and Zhoushan. The arrests appear to be a part of a province-wide effort to clamp down on possible dissent over the destruction of the Sanjiang Christian Church. Local Christians in Wenzhou interviewed by ICC reported being "heartbroken" at the news of the demolition and many feared a widespread campaign to demolish churches was underway ...

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