Chinese Christians Tearfully Sing Hymn as Church Cross Removed

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Chinese Christians Tearfully Sing Hymn as Church Cross Removed


Cross-Removed1-278x300Wenzhou City, China – Christians are vowing to stand firm for Christ amid much persecution by officials in a Chinese province where church buildings continue to be demolished, and where believers in a recent video can be seen bursting into tearful song about the cross and how their sins were washed away by the blood of Jesus while the cross atop their building is forcibly removed.

Within a week after pastors and church members from various congregations wrote objections concerning the ongoing abuse in a published letter to the government in Wenzhou City, which is located in the country’s Zhejiang Province, authorities removed the cross on the roof of Yahui Church in the city.

Church members were also threatened with harm if they talked to the media or petitioned Beijing, according to a report by International Christian Concern (ICC).

The public letter, which the Chinese government has since blocked the content of on websites within mainland China, listed eight reasons why “the anti-church campaign is an abnormally illegal administrative action that is abusing authority and ignoring the rule of law.”

They claimed that China’s Administrative Punishment Law requires advanced notice before the government’s compulsory execution. However, the government’s demolition teams usually show up at churches in the middle of the night, without legal documents, and began the demolition process under the cover of darkness.

In addition, Chinese Christians argued that, even if a cross is illegal, the law demands that the demolition team should be from the Religious Bureau or the Housing and City Planning Bureau. However, the demolition team is usually made up of unidentified personnel, police, and SWAT—a clear violation of procedure and the rights of the believers.

It is reported that over 360 churches in Zhejiang Province have been completely or partially demolished under the guise of “removing or modifying illegal constructions.” The government of Zhejiang Province says it is removing or modifying illegal buildings for urban development.

ICC reports, however, that the target has been religious buildings at the exclusion of all others, and has received a list of 15 churches in Pingyang County alone that are facing cross demolition by the end of this month.

It is widely believed that the campaign is exclusively targeting Christian churches.

“The campaign has been unbridled and the government demolishes church crosses recklessly,” said a local church member, according to the release.

Not long after the public letter was published, ICC received information that the cross of Yahui Church in Pingyang County was forcibly removed. The video sent to ICC from local believers shows that when the cross was slowly lowered down by government’s construction machine, believers burst into a tear-filled hymn, singing, “cross, cross, be my glory forever; all my sins have been washed away by the blood of Jesus.”

“Zhejiang provincial authorities have carefully planned and carried out their systematic attack against Christianity and churches. No one should have their property targeted for destruction based on their faith,” stated Sooyoung Kim, ICC’s Regional Manager for Southeast Asia.

“The Chinese are told they can live the ‘Chinese Dream,’ but this is not possible for the citizens of China when the local government breaks the law with impunity. We call on the Chinese central government to no longer turn a blind eye, and instead, to clearly express its disappointment in the local government and put a stop to their illegal activities. The ‘Chinese Dream’ should be for all Chinese citizens, including China’s 100 million plus Christians,” she said.

4 Comments on “Chinese Christians Tearfully Sing Hymn as Church Cross Removed”

    1. Hi N, don’t be in complete shock….it is the fulfillment of scripture. We are going to be persecuted for just calling ourselves by His Name. This is another way that the enemy is going to try to destroy us, to drive us underground, just as the early Christians were forced to live under the streets in tunnels in Rome. It will only become more prevalent as time goes on. Instead of shock, Pray for strength for the Body. One of these days we will have to cross picket lines to get into our own churches because of our beliefs, because we will be seen as intolerant of basic human rights, etc…(i.e. gay rights, etc…) No time for shock, I encourage you! Let’s pray for our brothers & sisters all over the world who are facing this issue right now. Time to be sober, vigilant and watchful. The days of Noe are close upon us. Be steadfast everyone, Peace.

  1. Amen sister, we should pray for the body always. We take freedom in this
    country for granted sometimes, but there are those in this world who suffef
    daily because of our Lord. Not only property damage but sometimes with
    there lives. I encourage the body of Christ to always pray for them, and stand
    fast in our beliefs. Praise GOD!

  2. You are very right. We all need to pray for the persecuted over foreign lands, and the persecuted from “this” nation, that will be here shortly. May we endure to the end. Amen.

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