“Persecution” Reality Check.

A reality check for western Christians who think a little inconvenience in not being able to “go to church” is “persecution”.

“After the Communists came to power in China in 1949 most church buildings were demolished. The communists thought that if they took away the places where Christians met, there would be no more Christianity. Believers were forced to meet secretly, sometimes in groups of just two or three people, and often at times like 3 o’clock in the morning, when everyone else was asleep. For years there were no pastors to shepherd the flock, no Bibles to learn from, and no hymn books to use in worship. Sometimes these tiny illegal meetings would just consist of prayer, mutual encouragement and the taking of the Lord’s Supper.

“Every external symbol of our faith was completely stripped away by the government, but they didn’t realize that our strength didn’t lie in those things anyway. Our strength lay in one thing they could never remove – the resurrected Jesus Christ who lives in our hearts!”

(Testimony of Peter Xu Yongze from Back to Jerusalem)

One thought on ““Persecution” Reality Check.

  1. Exactly! What a contrast compared to the current situation where people sit in their living rooms or in a car in a church car park and watch a televised church service. The only thing that’s changed is they’ve moved the church pew to their living room. It’s still the few main players on stage entertaining the 90% passive audience. That’s not persecution. Persecution is when they are burning churches down and dragging people off to jail for worshiping Jesus Christ (which DOES happen in some places). The Western Church needs a reality check.

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