12 January 2018
– by  Stoyan Zaimov

An evangelical megachurch was destroyed by Chinese Communist authorities Tuesday in the country’s northern Shanxi province, sparking fears among Christians that the persecution they suffer will soon get worse.

China Aid said in an update Wednesday that Chinese military police detonated explosives inside Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen, destroying the $2.6 million house of worship, which was owned by the Christians who worshiped there.

A demolition crew broke apart the remaining pieces of the church after the explosion with diggers and jackhammers.

Lampstand’s head Pastor, Yang Rongli, had previously spent seven years in prison on charges of assembling a large crowd to disturb traffic order, and has been under police surveillance since his release in October 2016. 

Describing the demolition, the pastor was quoted as saying that at first, police surrounded the church.

“Patrol wagons guarded the church. Workers smashed the church’s glass. At this point, excavators are digging into the church, but we are not allowed to enter or watch,” she said.

“The village head and the police from the local police station warned all the believers against entering the church. Now, we really have no idea what is going to happen.”

The order to demolish the church reportedly came from China’s top officials, who control the military police.

“The repeated persecution of Golden Lampstand Church demonstrates that the Chinese government has no respect for religious freedom or human rights,” said ChinaAid President and founder Bob Fu.

“ChinaAid calls on the international community to openly condemn the bombing of this church building and urge the Chinese government to fairly compensate the Christians who paid for it and immediately cease these alarming demolitions of churches.”

The Guardian reports that a Catholic church in the neighboring province of Shaanxi was also demolished in a similar fashion last month, which is stoking fears among Christians that the widespread crackdown on churches continues in full force.

As many as 1,200 crosses have been removed from churches in Zhejiang province since 2015, with officials arguing that many of the demolitions have been down to building code violations.

A local pastor, who asked not to be named, said that he saw “more police than I could count” at the site, preventing worshipers from approaching. 

“My heart was sad to see this demolition and now I worry about more churches being demolished, even my own,” he said. “This church was built in 2008, there’s no reason for them to destroy it now.”

The Associated Press noted that the evangelical megachurch had a congregation of 50,000, and had been targeted by police on a number of occasions. Officials reportedly hired thugs to smash the church and take its Bible during the crackdown in 2009, when Rongli was arrested.

Christians have protested against church demolitions, with a video captured in Shanxi in August showing a clash between Catholics and government representatives who were using bulldozers to destroy church property.

The believers in the video could be heard shouting “Jesus save me!” and “Mother Mary, have pity on us,” and successfully blocked the government’s efforts.

A video of the demolition of Golden Lampstand Church has also been captured, and can be viewed below:

Article source: www.christianpost.com

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  • Piper James

    They may have bombed this church but the cross remained in tact. That should speak volumes to anyone seeing the images. People we must start and sit up and realise that the world in the flesh as we know it, and when it does not understand something, in this case not understanding Jesus Christ, it destroys it, whatever the case maybe at that time. This has been going on since time in memorial. History repeats itself. The one thing that man fails to learn from history is history itself. Your only hope and I repeat ONLY hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ even if it means the very earthly flesh that covers your body, even your head becoming detached from your body too. You must stand firm! You must never reply upon any man out there no matter who they are what they offer you and or predict will happen? Unless a man come forth and predict an event that is of Biblical Proportion for all eyes to see in the real terms then there is none that can call himself or even herself a Prophet. The time to get upon your knees and pray for mercy and forgiveness is nigh. Time to pray in your homes in the quiet places as it says in the Bible is also nigh. God help us all that belive and love Jesus Christ and know Him, Jesus to be our saviour. Amen!!!!!!!