By Editorial Staff
Published January 1, 1988
SANTA ANA, CA (ODNS) – China’s itinerant evangelists and unregistered house church leaders report growing efforts by official government agencies to stifle church activities and say it is the “worst” wave of persecution since the “great tribulation of 1983.”
Citing numerous acts of violence against Christians in at least five separate provinces, including Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Fujian, Henan and Shanxi, Dr. Jonathan Chao, executive director of the China Church Research Center in Hong Kong, said the recent purge is directly related to the downfall of Party Secretary General Hu Yaobong on January 17, l987.
At that time, conservative members of the Chinese Communist Party initiated action against negative Western influences which they referred to as an “anti-bourgeois liberalization campaign.” This was “supposed to be confined to the party, yet records of the Jiangsu provincial committees of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) and of the China Christian Council (CCC) indicate that they have held meetings to implement the spirit of anti-bourgeois liberalization among the Protestants,” Chao stated.
According to Chao, “many house meetings, including those registered with the TSPM, were told to close down.” He added that local TSPM officials are working in full cooperation with civil authorities to find unregistered meeting points by “dispatching spies to discover underground house church activities, and hence putting pressure on [these] house churches to stop meeting.”
More importantly, Chao revealed that local TSPM officials of Jiangsu province have resolved to “terminate independent itinerant preaching,” according to records of the TSPM and CCC meetings. As a result many house churches throughout China have stopped meeting and itinerant evangelists are fleeing to avoid arrest.
Arrest lists are now surfacing throughout north and central China, with one list naming as many as 3,270 house church leaders. According to Chao, local party officials are telling the TSPM committee members that “Christians are growing too fast and therefore some administrative measures must be taken.”
“The rate of growth since 1982 has been tremendous,” Chao said. “In 1982 the house churches circulated a Christian population count ranging from at least 35 million to as high as 55 million, and those are the numbers we have been using for about five years now.” He concluded that if the Public Security Bureau admits the presence of 50 million Christians in China today, then the number must actually be much higher.
Chao speculated that Christians may actually number around 75 million today, based on the expectedly conservative numbers classified by the government.
Forerunner - Home » The Forerunner Newspaper » China
Your comments are welcome!
Download the Free Study Guide!
Just what is Calvinism?
Does this teaching make man a deterministic robot and God the author of sin? What about free will? If the church accepts Calvinism, won’t evangelism be stifled, perhaps even extinguished? How can we balance God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility? What are the differences between historic Calvinism and hyper-Calvinism? Why did men like Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Spurgeon, Whitefield, Edwards and a host of renowned Protestant evangelists embrace the teaching of predestination and election and deny free will theology?
This is the first video documentary that answers these and other related questions. Hosted by Eric Holmberg, this fascinating three-part, four-hour presentation is detailed enough so as to not gloss over the controversy. At the same time, it is broken up into ten “Sunday-school-sized” sections to make the rich content manageable and accessible for the average viewer.
Running Time: 257 minutes
$19.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
Exposes the Dangers of Abortion to Women!
These shocking eyewitness accounts expose the dangers of abortion not only to unborn children, but to the health and lives women as well. An antidote to the smokescreens of the liberal media, these short clips show what really happens in and around abortion clinics.
Although the content is emotionally gut-wrenching, these videos have been used in church seminars and small groups to educate Christians on the abortion issue and to lead people toward a pro-life position. Contains 2 hours and 40 minutes of materials that can be shown separately.
Watch these pro-life videos on-line.
“These videos helped change my mind from pro-choice to pro-life. Your videos are what did it for me. I will be walking in next year’s March For Life in San Francisco.” — A. Jackson, California
“I was going to have an abortion until I saw your video. Praise Jesus!”
— M. Drew, YouTube Commenter
$4.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
Foundations in Biblical Eschatology
By Jay Rogers, Larry Waugh, Rodney Stortz, Joseph Meiring. High quality paperback, 167 pages.
All Christians believe that their great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will one day return. Although we cannot know the exact time of His return, what exactly did Jesus mean when he spoke of the signs of His coming (Mat. 24)? How are we to interpret the prophecies in Isaiah regarding the time when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:19)? Should we expect a time of great tribulation and apostasy or revival and reformation before the Lord returns? Is the devil bound now, and are the saints reigning with Christ? Did you know that there are four hermeneutical approaches to the book of Daniel and Revelation?
These and many more questions are dealt with by four authors as they present the four views on the millennium. Each view is then critiqued by the other three authors.
$12.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
Who is the dreaded beast of Revelation?
Now at last, a plausible candidate for this personification of evil incarnate has been identified (or re-identified). Ken Gentry’s insightful analysis of scripture and history is likely to revolutionize your understanding of the book of Revelation — and even more importantly — amplify and energize your entire Christian worldview!
Historical footage and other graphics are used to illustrate the lecture Dr. Gentry presented at the 1999 Ligonier Conference in Orlando, Florida. It is followed by a one-hour question and answer session addressing the key concerns and objections typically raised in response to his position. This presentation also features an introduction that touches on not only the confusion and controversy surrounding this issue — but just why it may well be one of the most significant issues facing the Church today.
Ideal for group meetings, personal Bible study — for anyone who wants to understand the historical context of John’s famous letter “… to the seven churches which are in Asia.” (Revelation 1:4)
Running Time: 145 minutes
$17.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
“When the lives of the unborn are snuffed out, they often feel pain, pain that is long and agonizing.” – President Ronald Reagan to National Religious Broadcasters Convention, January 1981
Ronald Reagan became convinced of this as a result of watching The Silent Scream – a movie he considered so powerful and convicting that he screened it at the White House. More recently, it was by catching just a glimpse of what this film reveals that Planned Parenthood director and abortion advocate Abby Johnson turned and became a strong advocate for the pre-born.
The modern technology of real-time ultrasound now reveals the actual responses of a 12-week old fetus to being aborted. As the unborn child attempts to escape the abortionist’s suction curette, her motions can be seen to become desperately agitated and her heart rate doubles. Her mouth opens – as if to scream – but no sound can come out. Her scream doesn’t have to remain silent, however … not if you will become her voice. This newly re-mastered version features eight language tracks and two bonus videos.
“…a high technology “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” arousing public opinion just as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 antislavery novel ignited the abolitionist movement.” – Sen. Gordon Humphrey, Time Magazine
Languages: English, Spanish, French, South Korean, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese
Running Time: 28 minutes
$17.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)