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Christians Wary as Recession, Unrest Hit    Published in 2009
BEIJING, February 25 (Compass Direct News) – With China’s central government last December issuing a number of secret documents calling on provincial officials to strive to prevent massive unrest in a rapidly collapsing economy, observers are ….
With China’s central government last December issuing a number of secret documents calling on provincial officials to strive to prevent massive unrest in a rapidly collapsing economy, observers are watching for signs of whether authorities will view ….
A Christian defender of human rights in China – whom authorities detained last week – detailed state-sponsored torture he suffered in 2007 in an open letter released on Monday (Feb. 9), the same day advocacy groups criticized a U.N. review of ….
DUBLIN, February 11 (Compass Direct News) – A Christian defender of human rights in China – whom authorities detained last week – detailed state-sponsored torture he suffered in 2007 in an open letter released on Monday (Feb. 9), the same day ….
BEIJING, February 4 (Compass Direct News) – Concerned by the growth of unregistered house church groups in an uncertain political and social climate, the Chinese government has ramped up efforts both to identify Christians and to portray ….
Concerned by the growth of unregistered house church groups in an uncertain political and social climate, the Chinese government has ramped up efforts both to identify Christians and to portray Christianity as a subversive foreign force. Sources ….
DUBLIN, December 9 (Compass Direct News) – In recent months Chinese officials have attempted to build bridges with the Protestant house church movement even as police raided more unregistered congregations, arrested Christian leaders and forced at ….
DUBLIN, November 11 (Compass Direct News) – Chinese officials have yet to declare a new court date for Alimjan Yimit, a Christian house church leader and ethnic Uyghur in China’s northwest province of Xinjiang detained since his arrest on Jan. 12. ….
Christian Bookstore Owner Awaits Trial    Published in 2008
DUBLIN, September 5 (Compass Direct News) – Beijing Christian bookstore owner Shi Weihan is awaiting the outcome of an August 19 court appearance and may be back in court within 10 days, according to Compass sources. Denied proper medication and ….
DUBLIN, August 20 (Compass Direct News) – As the Olympics draw to a close, new evidence of religious freedom abuses offers a stark contrast to China’s efforts to provide religious services for athletes and visitors during the Games. China hired ….
DUBLIN, August 13 (Compass Direct News) – Christian activist and house church pastor Hua Huiqi wrote an open letter to U.S. President George Bush on Sunday (August 10), asking for prayer for his personal safety and for freedom of belief for all ….
Authorities Detain Christian Activist    Published in 2008
DUBLIN, August 11 (Compass Direct News) – Security agents yesterday seized Christian activist and house church pastor Hua Huiqi on his way to a service at the government-approved Kuanjie Protestant Church in Beijing, where U.S. President George Bush ….
House Church Pastor Detained    Published in 2008
DUBLIN, August 7 (Compass Direct News) – Chinese police detained house church leader Zhang Mingxuan, along with his wife Xie Fenlang and co-pastor Wu Jiang He, at a police station in Hebei after a BBC journalist attempted to interview him on Monday ….
DUBLIN, August 5 (Compass Direct News) – As U.S. President George W. Bush attends Olympic events in Beijing this week and a church service in the capital next Sunday, Chinese authorities have banished house church pastor Zhang Mingxuan from the city ….
LOS ANGELES, June 20 (Compass Direct News) – A hearing expected yesterday by relatives of Christian bookstore owner Shi Weihan, detained in a Chinese prison without charges, did not take place. Sources in China had said that a court date was ….
Bookstore Owner Due to Appear in Court    Published in 2008
DUBLIN, June 17 (Compass Direct News) – Christian bookstore owner Shi Weihan, detained in a Chinese prison without his medication for diabetes, is due in court Thursday (June 19) to face as yet unspecified charges. As Shi’s health deteriorates, ….
DUBLIN, May 30 (Compass Direct News) – Court officials in Xinjiang, China returned the case of Uyghur Christian Alimjan Yimit, charged with unspecified crimes, to state prosecutors this week citing “insufficient evidence.” Police arrested Alimjan on ….
DUBLIN, May 22 (Compass Direct News) – When the International Olympic Committee in July 2001 awarded China the right to host the 2008 Summer Olympics, Chinese citizens were ecstatic. But what potentially could have been China’s proudest moment has ….
Trial Delayed for Uyghur Christian    Published in 2008
DUBLIN, May 13 (Compass Direct News) – Court officials in Kashgar, Xinjiang province may soon decide the fate of Uyghur Christian Alimjan Yimit, arrested on January 12 and accused of “endangering national security.” Alimjan’s trial, delayed in ….
LOS ANGELES, May 2 (Compass Direct News) – An advocacy organization reported this week that Chinese authorities now accuse a Beijing businessman of being a “dangerous religious element” – which a long-time friend dismissed as contrary to Christian ….
Christian Bookstore Owner Re-Arrested    Published in 2008
LOS ANGELES, April 18 (Compass Direct News) – A bookstore owner in Beijing has been re-arrested for publishing Bibles and Christian literature after he had been released in January due to “insufficient evidence.” Shi Weihan, a 37-year-old father of ….
Alimjan YimitBANGKOK, April 9 (Compass Direct News) – As China deals with the fallout of protests in Tibet and alleged protests in neighboring Xinjiang province, the family of a Uyghur Christian fears he may be sentenced to death this month after ….
Liu HuiwenBANGKOK, March 18 (Compass Direct News) – Liu Huiwen, a Chinese Christian sentenced to 18 months imprisonment last November for distributing a gospel leaflet to Muslims in Gansu province, is suffering mistreatment in a Muslim-majority ….
DUBLIN, February 11 (Compass Direct News) – Last January 12, state security officials arrived at the home of Alimjan Yimit, a Muslim convert, ethnic Uyghur and Christian house church leader in Xinjiang province, northwest China. They detained ….
DUBLIN, February 6 (Compass Direct News) – From behind the great wall of Chinese censorship, evidence of ongoing persecution of Christians continues to emerge, with China Aid Association (CAA) yesterday reporting a significant increase in ….
Christian Bookstore Owner Arrested    Published in 2007
LOS ANGELES, December 7 (Compass Direct News) – Beijing Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials have detained the owner of a Christian bookstore located near the Olympic Village, along with one of his employees, according to a long-time friend of the ….
BEIJING, December 5 (Compass Direct News) – In a confidential report, Canadian diplomats in Beijing state that China is making “incremental progress” in human rights and may make “steady forward movement” in the future, according to The Globe and ….
LOS ANGELES, October 4 (Compass Direct News) – China’s crackdown on religious freedom advocates ahead of the Beijing Olympics extended to two Christian human rights attorneys the past two weekends. Attorney Li Heping released a statement saying a ….
Cai Zhuohua before his arrestLOS ANGELES, September 18 (Compass Direct News) – Beijing house church leader Cai Zhuohua, jailed since 2004 for “illegal business practices” by distributing Christian literature, has been released with stern warnings to ….
DUBLIN, July 12 (Compass Direct News) – Christians throughout China fear tough restrictions on their freedom to worship in the coming year following the launch of a government crackdown ahead of August 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Christians ….
NANJING, China, May 18 (Compass Direct News) – Government-sanctioned persecution of Christians has darkened the landscape of the Xinjiang province in north-western China. Most recently, an estimated 30 house church leaders were arrested on April 19 ….
December 14 (Compass Direct News) – A Beijing court convicted human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng of “inciting subversion” on Tuesday (December 12) after he mysteriously entered a “guilty” plea, according to reports. Advocacy group Human Rights in ….
August 21 (Compass Direct News) – Chinese authorities last Thursday (August 17) released Zan Aizong, a journalist who reported the Hangzhou City police using force to demolish an unregistered church building and beating of hundreds of believers on ….
August 4 (Compass Direct News) – International outrage has been spreading after the beating last weekend of hundreds of Christians at the tourist resort of Hangzhou on China’s eastern seaboard. Hundreds of Chinese police broke up a peaceful ….
July 28 (Compass Direct News) – China Aid Association (CAA) reported that government raids of two house churches last week resulted in the arrest of about 80 Christians. Six policemen, including two plainclothes officers, interrupted a fellowship ….
Zhang Rongliang July 6 (Compass Direct) – The Zhongmu City People’s Court sentenced Chinese house church pastor Zhang Rongliang to seven and a half years in prison on June 29, though a co-worker said he was not notified of the verdict until Tuesday ….
June 27 (Compass Direct) – Chinese officials have expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with a resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on June 12 condemning rising persecution of religious believers in China. Chinese Foreign Ministry ….
The Daft, the Daring and the Dark    Published in 2006
(Back by popular demand — editor.)February 2000 (Compass) — “The truth of China is not to be found in a document, a photograph, or a statistic,” China expert Dr. Tan Che Bin was fond of saying, “but in lots of stories gathered together.” Then ….
Zhang Rongliang before arrestApril 13 (Compass Direct) – The court judging house church leader Zhang Rongliang, acknowledging that “there are insufficient evidence and ambiguous facts,” this week submitted the case to the Zhengzhou City Intermediate ….
April 5 (Compass Direct) – A major Chinese house church leader is scheduled for a potentially decisive court hearing tomorrow (April 6) after more than 16 months in police custody. Zhang Rongliang, 55, was arrested by Henan police without charges on ….
February 22 (Compass) – Gao Wei (not his real name) was an active Christian leader for several years in a large Chinese city until 2004. Now he’s an applicant for political asylum in a Western country. His application makes sobering reading for ….
House Church Historian Denied ID Card    Published in 2006
Zhang Yinan February 17 (Compass) – When Chinese house church historian Zhang Yinan applied for a passport in order to attend a prayer breakfast in Washington this month, police immediately surrounded his house and even followed his wife to the ….
Light and Shade    Published in 2005
December 30 (Compass) – Confusing and seemingly conflicting reports continue to appear regarding China’s state of religious liberty – or lack of it. Compass interviewed house church leaders in six major cities in October. These leaders – ….
Priests, Nuns Brutally Assaulted    Published in 2005
December 21 (Compass) – Mobs attacked nuns in Xi’an and priests in Tianjin during the past month as the Roman Catholics peacefully tried to settle property disputes with the government. At press time, Chinese police surrounded a group of Catholic ….
Pastor Cai Zhuohua December 16 (Compass) – Pastor Cai Zhuohua and two other Christian relatives found guilty on November 8 of “illegal business practices” were summoned to appear at a second trial on November 30. Reasons for granting the second ….
Pastor Cai Zhuohua November 16 (Compass) – Pastor Cai Zhuohua and two other Christians found guilty on November 8 of “illegal business practices” have dropped plans to appeal their conviction, two days before a legal deadline for the appeal. A ….
November 15 (Compass) – Beijing authorities on November 4 ordered a Chinese legal firm to suspend activities for a year, hours after top lawyer Gao Zhisheng filed court documents in defense of Pastor Cai Zhuohua. Four days later, Cai and three ….
LEGAL RESTRICTIONS “Here in March the government imposed itself on religion, and the house churches have suffered restrictions. Those not attending the Three Self [government-controlled] churches will be fined. I made up my mind that if things ….
Home of migrant workers near a factory in northern ChinaJuly 28 (Compass) — China is witnessing a rising anger against official corruption and a growing determination to stand up for basic rights. Signs are emerging that unregistered Protestant and ….
July 20 (Compass) — Wide-ranging persecution of Chinese Christians in recent months has dashed hopes of greater religious freedom from a new law on religion that took effect in March. China adopted the new Regulations on Religious Affairs on March ….
May 17 (Compass) — Pope John Paul II died with one of his dearest wishes unfulfilled — to visit China. Catholics in the world’s most populous country are now wondering how the election of his close conservative associate, Cardinal Ratzinger, now ….
Letters    Published in 2005
March 18 (Compass) Anhui “In July [2004] while the house church was having a Bible study, suddenly the police came in. The church warmly welcomed them and led them to the best seats. The police heard nothing wrong, but they said someone had made an ….
March 9 (Compass) — On March 1, China adopted the new Regulations on Religious Affairs, first announced by the government in December 2004. The government claims the new regulations are a step towards religious freedom. However, some Christian ….
January 17 (Compass) — China has announced a new law, which comes into effect on March 1, governing the freedom of religion. The government first announced the new Religious Affairs Provisions on November 30, 2004, according to a mid-December ….
Tightening Control on Religion    Published in 2004
Christianity has grown recently in ChinaNovember 16 (Compass) — Last week before his resignation as U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell said relations between China and the U.S. were at the best point they had been in more than 30 years, according ….
Beijing store displays postersNovember 9 (Compass) — In a two-day international conference on religion and law held in Beijing on October 18 and 19, Chinese officials said they were open to changes in religious policy. During the conference, Zhang ….
November 9 (Compass) — Chinese officials meeting at a two-day international conference on religion and law on October 18 and 19 announced they were open to changes in religious policy. However, Ji Wenyuan, deputy director of the State ….
Christians Appeal Labor Camp Punishment    Published in 2004
September 20 (Compass) — The relatives of three Christians being held in labor camps in mainland China have appealed to local authorities for an explanation of their crimes. A letter of appeal was also received by Christians in Hong Kong, detailing ….
September 20 (Compass) — The relatives of three Christian men being held in labor camps in mainland China have appealed to local authorities for an explanation of their crimes. A written appeal was also sent to Christians in Hong Kong in May ….
Tightens Control Over Christianity    Published in 2004
August 25 (Compass) — A serious situation regarding religious liberty has been quietly developing in China. Many had hoped that the Communist Party’s religious policy — and especially its attitude towards the Christian church — would liberalize in ….
August 25 (Compass) — Evidence is emerging of a renewed crackdown on “illegal religious activities” in China and a tightening of controls on academic and media activities related to religion. Several government meetings held this year have ….
Religious Movement is Questioned    Published in 2004
August 6 (Compass) — Mr. Xu Shuangfu, leader of the well-known Three Grades of Servant (TGS) movement in China, was arrested in April 2004 along with 90 other co-workers and followers. Some overseas reports immediately tagged the TGS movement as an ….
Religious Movement is Questioned    Published in 2004
August 6 (Compass) — Mr. Xu Shuangfu, leader of the well-known Three Grades of Servant (TGS) movement in China, was arrested in April 2004 along with 90 other co-workers and followers. Some overseas reports immediately tagged the TGS movement as an ….
Samuel Lamb shares his testimonyJuly 19 (Compass) — Chinese authorities detained and interrogated well-known house church leader Samuel Lamb, or Lin Xiangao as he is known within China, after worship services on Sunday, June 13. Ten of his younger ….
July 19 (Compass) — Chinese authorities detained and interrogated well-known house church leader Samuel Lamb after worship services on Sunday, June 13. Ten of his co-workers were also detained and interrogated. This is the first time in 14 years ….
Chinese police arrested 100 church leaders June 28 (Compass) — Chinese police arrested 100 house church leaders on the afternoon of June 11 as they gathered for a retreat in the central city of Wuhan. The retreat was organized by the China Gospel ….
June 28 (Compass) — Chinese police arrested 100 house church leaders on June 11 as they gathered for a retreat in the central city of Wuhan. Xing Jinfu, 39, who has already been arrested three times in the past for church related activities, was ….
Xu Guoxing Released from Labor Camp    Published in 2004
June 28 (Compass) — Philip Xu Guoxing, a prominent leader of an unregistered house church movement based in Shanghai, was released June 7 from labor camp in Jiangsu province. Xu had served 18 months in the camp for setting up unregistered house ….
May 10 (Compass) — Chinese Christians gave evidence of persecution at a special meeting called by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in April. The speakers included Xu Yongze of the Born Again house church movement and Brother Yun, ….
March 4 (Compass) — In April 2002, the China Gospel Fellowship (CGF) attracted world-wide attention when 34 of its top leaders were kidnapped by the cult known as Eastern Lightning, also known as Lightning from the East (which preaches that Christ ….
February 10 (Compass) — In recent years, the religious policies of the Chinese Communist Party have drifted further away from modern reality, reflecting the dogmatism of the Maoist era rather than the dynamic growth in religion across China. ….
February 9 (Compass) — A survey carried out in recent months by leaders of the official Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) church in Beijing showed that house churches are multiplying in the city. China’s Religious Affairs Bureau (RAB) had asked ….
(Compass) — Registration is still a hot issue for China’s long-suffering house churches. The government insists on registration as the only means of legal existence for churches. Registration means subjection to the Communist Party’s Religious ….
Christian Dies in Police Custody    Published in 2003
(Compass) — Reliable sources have confirmed the death of a house church Christian in police custody on October 30. Mrs. Zhang Hongmei, 33, was arrested by local police in Dongmiaodong village on October 29. Police summoned Zhang’s family and asked ….
(Compass) — China’s rural house churches are reeling from the impact of rapid urbanization. The flow of young peasants to the cities in search of employment has become a tidal-wave. When the communists came to power in China in 1949, only 10 percent ….
Bishop Steps Up Attacks on the Gospel    Published in 2003
(Compass) — Bishop Ding, the most influential leader of the state-controlled Chinese “Three Self” Protestant church, has significantly stepped up his anti-Christian “theological construction” campaign in recent months. A lecture delivered at the ….
(Compass) — Any hope that the new state leadership in China, headed by President Hu Jintao, would usher in more liberal policies towards religious believers appears to be premature. A senior house church leader interviewed in October confirmed that ….
(Compass) — Officers of China’s Public Security Bureau (PSB) arrested 170 Christians at a rural house church meeting in Nanyang, Henan province, on September 2. A source in China reported that most of the detainees were fined, fingerprinted, warned ….
Three House Church Leaders Arrested    Published in 2003
(Compass) — On July 13, police raided a house church in Xiaoshan City, China, at 4 a.m. while Christians were meeting for Sunday prayer and worship. At least three church leaders were arrested. Eighty-year-old Shen Shaocheng, who helped found the ….
Another Month of Arrests    Published in 2003
(Compass) — At least 53 members of unregistered house churches were arrested during the month of June in China. Twelve members of an unregistered house church movement were arrested on June 6, according to the group “Human Rights in China.” The ….
New Law Worries Hong Kong Christians    Published in 2003
(Compass) — On July 1, half a million people poured onto the streets of Hong Kong in angry but peaceful demonstrations against new laws banning treason, subversion and sedition. The imposition of harsh anti-subversion laws has serious implications ….
Official Bible Printing Reduced    Published in 2003
(Compass) — Official Bible production in China has quietly diminished by more than 20 percent over the past three years. The Amity Printing Company based in Nanjing, which prints an annual quota of Bibles, says that 519,493 copies were printed in ….
(Compass) — Officials at China’s Ministry of Justice have denied claims that Pastor Gong Shengliang, currently held in Jingzhou prison, Hubei province, has been tortured. They made the statement in response to an emergency appeal that Amnesty ….
Raids Continue on Worship Services    Published in 2003
(Compass) — On Sunday, May 11, Public Security officers raided a house church meeting in Anshan city in the northeast province of Liaoning. About 40 Christians were tied up and their names recorded. They were released the same night but told that ….
(Compass) — The SARS virus has not distracted Chinese officials from their campaign against unregistered churches. At least 52 key house church leaders have been arrested in recent months. In a March 25 raid on a house church meeting in southern ….
Police Conspire with Cult    Published in 2003
(Compass) — Lightning from the East, China’s most dangerous secret cult, infiltrates house churches and tries to destroy them. Christian leaders have suffered blackmail, kidnapping, beatings and physical injury as a result of this activity. In April ….
SARS Virus Causes Panic and Discontent    Published in 2003
(Compass) — In China, cinemas and theatres are closed. Classrooms are empty, restaurants and business centers are deserted. Residents in major cities remain indoors, fearful of contracting the SARS virus. On May 12 the total number of cases on the ….
(Compass) — About 50,000 Protestant churches and meeting points have been officially registered with the Chinese government. However, opposition, corruption and bureaucratic regulations are all hurdles which Christians must overcome if they desire ….
House Church Leader Sent To Labor Camp    Published in 2003
(Compass) — Philip Xu Guoxing, a prominent Shanghai house church leader, was arrested at his home on December 8 while worshipping with some 20 other Christians. Police confiscated Christian books, videos, a computer and furnishings from the house. ….
(Compass) — According to the Communist Chinese internal magazine People’s Security Report, 176 house church Christians were detained in mass arrests conducted in December 2002 and January 2003. On Christmas Day, police in Henan province learned of ….
Harsh Persecution Documented    Published in 2003
(Compass) — The New York-based Committee for Investigation on Persecution of Religion in China has released detailed reports from persecuted Christians in China, revealing that in the three-month period between June and August 2002, 182 house church ….
(Compass) — A confidential document entitled “Work Plan of the Baoding Municipal Public Security Bureau to Prohibit Christian Illegal Activities” calls for specific action against unregistered house church Christians in Hebei province in the months ….
Churches Expect No New Freedoms    Published in 2002
(Compass) — The Sixteenth Communist Party Congress closed in Beijing with Hu Jintao, 59, replacing Jiang Zemin, 76, as general secretary. However, the aging Jiang seems set to maintain his grip on power, and China’s many believers cannot expect any ….
Law Abets Persecution of Christians    Published in 2002
(Compass) — A senior Chinese house church leader has expressed serious concern about the ongoing persecution of house church believers. For years, the police in many rural areas of central China have arrested Christians worshipping in unregistered ….
Persecution Continues    Published in 2002
(Compass) — Reports from many parts of China speak of arbitrary arrests and imprisonment of unregistered Christians. “The police poured boiling water over one evangelist in north China recently,” reported one house church elder. According to an ….
(Compass) — Four female leaders of the South China Church were declared innocent by the Hubei Provincial Court on October 11, 2002. However, only hours after their release they were re-arrested by the Public Security Bureau and sent off to three ….
Evangelical Beliefs Under Attack    Published in 2002
(Compass) — “Theological construction” has now been officially enshrined as one of the top priorities for China’s state-controlled Protestant church, according to an article in Tianfeng, China’s only national Christian monthly magazine. In the ….
(Compass) — Nanjing Seminary has long been the flagship seminary in China for training theological students to obey the Communist Party line. On April 18, one of the students delivered a message at the college chapel and launched a broadside ….
(Compass) — Christians in the city of Chongqing have been scandalized by a case of sexual abuse involving the chairman of a local Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) church committee. The story, published in the official Chinese Christian magazine ….
(Compass) — It appears Chinese President Jiang Zemin will cling to power in China for at least another five years thanks to backing from ideologically conservative military leaders. Reports that Hu Jintao would take over the leadership of the ….
Christians Neglected in Inner Mongolia    Published in 2002
(Compass) — Churches are thriving in independent Mongolia, but the church worldwide often forgets neighboring Inner Mongolia, a part of China with over 4 million Mongol residents that is tightly control by Chinese authorities. The Protestant church ….
Conspiracy or Compassion?    Published in 2002
(Compass) — Hundreds of thousands of North Korean refugees are in hiding in northeast China, living in fear of deportation back to a country gripped by a grotesque dictatorship and a famine that may have claimed 2 million lives. The Chinese ….
Christian Bookstores Open    Published in 2002
(Compass) — A new Christian bookstore opened in Shanghai on April 1. Run by a young Christian entrepreneur, it is one of a handful of public Christian bookstores now operating in China. However, not one Bible is for sale. Only books published ….
(Compass) — On June 19, the China Gospel Fellowship (CGF) declared that 34 of its evangelists mysteriously kidnapped two months earlier by a shadowy cult called Eastern Lightning were safely back with their families. “This incident has shaken us to ….
New Church Leaders    Published in 2002
(Compass) — At the end of May, China’s state-controlled Protestant church held its national conference in Beijing. New leaders were appointed for both the Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) and the China Christian Council (CCC). Both are firmly ….
Persecution in Southwest China    Published in 2002
(Compass) — A letter written by a Christian living in Zhaotong in the southwest province of Yunnan details recent persecution by local government officials and police. The provine has about 150,000 Protestant Christians. The letter, dated April 4, ….
(Compass) – Following the major religious affairs conference in Beijing last December, a copy of new religious regulations for Jiangsu province has leaked overseas, providing an opportunity for a serious assessment of Beijing’s present policies on ….
Conflicting Signals    Published in 2002
(Compass) – The Chinese government has given conflicting signals about religion in their treatment of U.S. President George W. Bush’s speech during his state visit in March. Bush’s university address praising the role of religion in American civil ….
Hong Kong Bible Smuggler Controversy    Published in 2002
(Compass) – China watcher Dr. Chan Kim-Kwong accused the media of incorrectly reporting the case of Hong Kong Bible smuggler Li Guangqiang. He questioned whether Li’s was a genuine case of religious persecution or a case of “illegal commercial ….
(Compass) – Despite international protests and U.S. President Bush’s call for religious freedom during his February visit to China, leaders and members of the 50,000-strong South China Church continue to suffer severe persecution from the Chinese ….
(Compass) – Hong Kong Christian businessman Li Guangqiang, accused of smuggling more than 33,000 copies of the Bible into Mainland China, has been released. He returned to Hong Kong on February 16. Originally facing possible execution for his ….
(Compass) – In remarks carried live on Chinese television, American President George W. Bush explicitly urged Chinese leaders to end the persecution of religious believers. During his February 21-22 visit to Beijing, Bush said he had personally ….
Bible Smuggler Sentenced to Jail    Published in 2002
(Compass) – On January 28, Hong Kong businessman Li Guangqiang was sentenced to “only” two years in prison for smuggling 33,000 Bibles into southern China. His relatives had feared that he faced execution under China’s draconian legislation. Li and ….
(Compass) – A top-secret Chinese government document dated April 30, 2000, that lists 14 cults targeted for suppression gives a unique insight into Beijing’s view of the seriousness of the growth of unauthorized religions. The document gives ….
Two More Christians on Death Row    Published in 2002
(Compass) – Two more leaders, Mr. Xu Fu Ming, 26, and Mr. Hu Yong, 25, of the embattled South China house church movement, are in imminent danger of execution, according to a January 28 appeal letter. The letter, signed by 24 relatives of the two ….
(Compass) – The 46-year-old founder of the “South China” house church movement, Gong Shengliang, was granted a reprieve from his death sentence, which was due to be carried out on Saturday, January 5. Gong was given a stay of execution, relatives ….
Sunday School Work    Published in 2001
(Compass) – In China, Sunday school and Christian youth work are still technically illegal because of Communist Party regulations banning religious teaching to children under 18 years old. In some ‘Three Self’ churches, children’s crèches are held ….
Changes In Religious Policy Imminent?    Published in 2001
(Compass) – The Chinese government may consider changes in its religious policy at a major religious affairs conference scheduled for November, a senior Chinese house church leader confirmed in late October. Government officials in the Religious ….
House Church Leader Harassed    Published in 2001
(Compass) – “Epaphras” is the pseudonym used by an elderly house church leader in Yinchuan, in northwest China. He was previously imprisoned 23 years for his Christian faith. After his release, Epaphras engaged in a unique literary ministry. For ….
Pope Offers Apology and Opens Dialogue    Published in 2001
(Compass) – In what some regard as the most significant speech of his 20 year papacy, Pope John Paul II apologized to the Chinese government on October 24 for historical “errors” committed by the Catholic Church in China. The pope’s message was ….
An Olive Branch With Thorns?    Published in 2001
(Compass) – Dramatic developments are expected in China’s religious policy in October and November that will appear to offer an olive branch to underground Catholics and house church Protestants. But two Shanghai-based house church leaders warn, ….
Crushing Cults    Published in 2001
(Compass) – A confidential circular issued last year by the Chinese Ministry of Public Security sheds light on how the government is determined to stamp out cults and raises serious questions as to the methods used. Dated April 30, 2000, the ….
Fewer Bibles?    Published in 2001
(Compass) – Fewer Bibles are being printed this year in China. While on a visit to Europe in June, the Rev. Bao Jiayuan of the China Christian Council stated that during the first few months of 2001, the total number of Bibles printed in Nanjing has ….
House Church Evangelists ‘Exposed’    Published in 2001
(Compass) – The growth of Christianity in China in recent decades has generally been seen as the result of house church evangelists moving from village to village. A Marxist researcher confirmed this view in a 1999 article published in the obscure ….
Persecution Dynamics    Published in 2001
(Compass) – A crucial paradox lies at the heart of China’s persecution dynamics. Over the past 30 years, conditions have improved for Christians in China. But during the past five years, they have deteriorated markedly. More confusing still is that ….
Why House Churches Are Not Cults    Published in 2001
(Compass) – Pressure on China’s house churches has intensified this year as Chinese authorities close down meetings, fine and even imprison house church leaders, often using the pretext that the leaders are extreme and indulge in cultic activities. ….
(Compass) – Wenzhou has a massive Protestant Christian population and hundreds of churches. The story of the extraordinary revival in Wenzhou is chronicled in detail in a new book, “Christianity in Wenzhou,” published last year by the Zhejiang ….
New Christian Magazine    Published in 2001
(Compass) – For 20 years, the only national Christian publication in China has been Tian Feng (Heavenly Wind) published by the government-controlled Three Self Patriotic Movement and the China Christian Council. It is issued monthly and dutifully ….
The Gospel in China in the 21st Century    Published in 2001
(Compass) – How do Chinese Christians see the new century? An article in the November 2000 issue of the unofficial house church magazine, The Way, lists 10 major trends. 1. Large numbers of Chinese students studying overseas are turning to Christ. ….
(Compass) – Bishop Ding’s campaign to impose a politicized theology on the Chinese church is having a marked effect in some areas, but is still limited in extent. In Nanjing, Jinling Theological Seminary has been largely purged of evangelical ….
(Compass) – Christian leaders in both the unofficial house churches and the registered «Three Self» churches in eastern China confirmed in June that there is increased pressure against the church in China. Several factors are 1) the continuing ….
(Compass) – The Western Christian press occasionally states that in China, it is possible for Christian meetings to register directly with the government without joining the Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM). There is even talk of a “Third Way” ….
(Compass) – Church leaders fear that the passing of an anti-sect law in France may pave the way for the Hong Kong government to adopt similar legislation. The concerns stem from a Hong Kong government statement in May that it is studying overseas ….
House Churches under Renewed Pressure    Published in 2001
(Compass) – Thirty-five house church Christians were arrested in Inner Mongolia and 15 were sent to labor camps after police raided a worship meeting being held on May 26 in Dongsheng. Several dozen house church believers were detained in mid April ….
(Compass) – Hong Kong’s Christians believe that precedents set in curbing the influence of the embattled Chinese folk-religious movement, Falun Gong, could well result in the eventual erosion of religious liberties for all in the territory. In a ….
Martyrdom of Liu Haitao Confirmed    Published in 2001
(Compass) – On October 16, 2000, twenty-one-year-old Liu Haitao from Henan province in central China died as the result of severe police beatings. There is no question his death was the result of his witness for Christ, which makes him a martyr for ….
(Compass) – The political campaign of “theological reconstruction” unleashed by Bishop Ding, president of Nanjing Theological Seminary, is gathering force across China. A theology teacher formerly close to the bishop has recently issued a long ….
(Compass) – A controversy has erupted in Hong Kong over statements made in mid February by Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa describing the Falun Gong spiritual movement as an evil cult. Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun described Tung Chee-hwa’s ….
(Compass) – Seven house church leaders interviewed by Compass in February said that the government crackdown on the outlawed folk religious movement, Falun Gong, has been a mixed blessing for their churches. Some house churches have found it easier ….
Christian Youth Work under Attack    Published in 2001
(Compass) – Last July, authorities in the eastern province of Anhui moved to discourage Christian work with young people through an article that appeared in the local newspaper headlined, “Illegal Private ‘Summer Camp’ Banned.” The report did not ….
Scores of Churches Closed    Published in 2001
(Compass) – Chinese authorities in southern Zhejiang province closed or destroyed at least 450 churches, temples and shrines in a campaign launched in early November. To the astonishment of international observers, Foreign Ministry spokesperson ….
(Compass) – The Chinese government sponsored an International Symposium on Evil Cults in Beijing November 8-10 attended by nearly 60 academics from all over the world. Academics encouraged authorities to assess whether cults are “harmful to ….
(Compass) – A survey of seven house church leaders in China has revealed little anxiety about the impact of new rules issued by authorities in early October that govern the religious activities of foreigners. The rules, which forbid all foreigners ….
(Compass) – China’s Three Self Patriotic Movement – the organization controlling the Protestant church on behalf of the Communist Party – celebrated its 50th anniversary in September in belligerent tones. TSPM Chairman Luo Guanzong stated, “Since ….
(Compass) – The Hong Kong Catholic Church declared on October 30 that the diocese would hold annual memorial services for Chinese and foreign saints. The statement was issued despite warnings from China a month earlier that Hong Kong Catholics were ….
(Compass) – Liberal leaders of China’s official Protestant church have launched a wide-ranging attack against evangelical theology in China. The attack has reached its highest level this fall, although preparations for the campaign began in late ….
Bishop Accuses China of Meddling    Published in 2000
(Compass) – The Catholic Church in Hong Kong has accused China of meddling with religious freedom in the territory. In an open letter published in Hong Kong on October 3, Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said China had tried to interfere with the ….
Christian Persecution Condemned    Published in 2000
(Compass) – In a fierce October 1 statement, the Peace and Justice Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Church protested China’s suppression of the “underground” Catholic church on the mainland and accused the Chinese government of using inhuman ….
Mass Arrest of Christians    Published in 2000
(Compass) – On August 23, police burst in while three visiting American Bible teachers were speaking to 130 members of a house church movement headquartered in Fangcheng City. Well over a hundred arrests were made, and the three teachers – from a ….
Pastor Released After Paying Ransom    Published in 2000
(Compass) – Freedom came for Pastor Evelio García late on September 2 only after he agreed to pay the $2,500 ransom demanded by FARC guerrillas (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). Garcia had been kidnapped August 27 near Medellin in northwest ….
Xu Yongze Released from Labor Camp    Published in 2000
(Compass) – China’s most famous house church prisoner, Mr. Xu Yongze, is free. The 58-year-old founder of the Born Again movement was released on May 16, after serving a three-year “re-education through labor” sentence for establishing an illegal ….
(Compass) – China’s last remaining Eastern Orthodox congregation is on the verge of extinction. The only priest, 76-year-old Father Zhu Shichao, at Harbin’s Church of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God, is very ill, and Chinese authorities ….
China’s Mega-Church Focus    Published in 2000
(Compass) – America is still the land of mega-churches, but China is fast catching up. China’s official Protestant Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) contains huge congregations often squeezed into small, historic city-center churches. Now a ….
Catholics to Participate in Elections    Published in 2000
(Compass) – As Hong Kong prepares for legislative elections in September, the Catholic Church says that it will not oppose individuals taking part in the elections, and it is willing to verify and endorse those who are interested in the elections. ….
Crackdown Continues in Anhui    Published in 2000
(Compass) – In Anhui province in eastern China, reliable house church sources say control is being further tightened by the provincial government that has enforced a repressive religious policy for many years. On October 15, 1999, the 9th People’s ….
(Compass) – Zhang Rongliang, also known as David Zhang, is at large in China despite receiving a three-years’ hard labor sentence in December 1999. Reliable reports from central China say he was able to buy himself out of jail. But Born Again ….
(Compass) – Alan Yuan, 86, reported in early May that he has experienced very little interference from authorities since the summer of 1999. Beijing authorities had pressured Yuan to register his house church during 1996 and 1997, but eventually ….
(Compass) – Two of China’s most famous Protestant church leaders face differing challenges over the next few months. Xu Yongze, the 59-year-old leader of the “Born Again” house church movement, is thought to be due for release in May or June after ….
(Compass) – House church leaders accuse the Three Self leadership of being the government’s “intelligence network” among Christians and of reporting the existence of house churches to the Public Security Bureau. These house churches then come ….
(Compass) – At a January Religious Affairs Bureau (RAB, the government body responsible for oversight of religions) conference, delegates were told the number of Protestants in China was 25 million. A leaked report from China’s security ….
(Compass) – Five house church leaders from the “Born Again” movement of Xu Yongze were arrested at their homes in China’s southern Henan province on December 27, 1999. Each was sentenced in February to two years’ hard labor. Another full-time ….
New Directives to Control Religion    Published in 2000
(Compass) – The Chinese government convened a national Religious Affairs Bureau (RAB) conference on January 10 in Beijing. At the conference, a new document on religious policy by the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the ….
A Chronicle of Persecution    Published in 2000
(Compass) – Part two of a house church document recently received from Henan province chronicles persecution from 1994 to 1999 in Fugou county in central Henan. On the morning of April 16, 1999, the Christians of Haogang village had their meeting ….
(Compass) – China expects an upsurge of North Korean refugees in March and April, as snow and ice melts along mountain trails enabling more North Koreans to sneak across the border. Ethnic Korean Christians in China face unenviable risks in ….
A Chronicle of Persecution    Published in 2000
(Compass) – Persecution of Christians in China continues to be denied by high-level government spokesmen. In some parts of rural China, however, arrests, fines and harassment have become commonplace. Last summer, house church Christians in Henan ….
(Compass) – The sentencing of six Protestant house church leaders to hard labor last December and the arrest of six more leaders of the Roman Catholic underground church are but “the tip of the iceberg” of religious oppression, according to five ….
The Daft, the Daring and the Dark    Published in 2000
(Periodically, Compass will post articles from its archives that have continuing significance. We felt that this article, which first appeared in Compass Direct in February 2000, warranted revisiting. — editor.)February 2000 (Compass) — “The truth ….

(Compass) – The amount of popular, devotional literature available to Christians in China has declined sharply since the return of Hong Kong to the mainland in July 1997. “We get fewer visitors from Hong Kong now since the handover, and they were ..

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    UNIUS REI VS NIMROD BAAL IMF 666 — Micah 5:1-6 [a]Marshal your troops now, city of troops, for a siege is laid against us. They will strike Israel’s ruler, on the cheek with a rod. 2. “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans[b] of Judah, out of you will come for me, one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” 3. Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor bears a son, and the rest of his brothers return, to join the Israelites.
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    UNIUS REI VS NIMROD BAAL IMF 666 — 4. He will stand and shepherd his flock, in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness, will reach to the ends of the earth. 5. And he will be our peace, when the Assyrians invade our land and march through our fortresses. We will raise against them seven shepherds, even eight commanders, 6. who will rule[c] the land of Assyria with the sword, the land of Nimrod with drawn sword.[d] He will deliver us from the Assyrians, when they invade our land, and march across our borders.
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    IF I GIVE TO YOU THE HOLY SPIRIT? ALSO, YOU WILL BE KILLED BY MUSLIMA OF SATANALLAH, but, not by my holy Islam, is why, I am Messiaa Jewish: lorenzojhwh. and Mahdi lorenzoAllah
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    how satan in the bible Deuteronomy 21:18-21 Kill children Lev 26:27-29, Jer 19:9 Cannibalize children Num 31:18 Rape Virgins Deuteronomy 13:6-11 Kill preachers of foreign religions 1 Cor 14:34-35 Shame for woman to talk in church 1 Pet 2:18 Cruel slavery is ok The only book on earth, Which calls for the killing of children is the Bible The only book on earth, Which calls for the killing of children is the Bible – ANSWER – Leviticus 26:29 You shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters. — IE, THEY BECOME Satanists! who teaches you: to study the Bible like a donkey? MAYBE, the King of Saudi Arabia? of course, the rabbis Pharisees, the Talmud Satanic Illuminati: IMF FED ECB 666, Bush 322, only they, are still, all these things: DIABOLICAL! but you can not say that the Jews and Christians .. because no servant of God, can love a lie!
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    In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth…
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    video: 66 crudele male criminale Quranic Verses Inspired Satan koran prophet muhammad quran, 8:33″ —- max76689 8 months ago: Christians = satan. Islam is true. = John = 17:3. This is eternal life: that they may know You (God = Allah), the only true God. And Jesus Christ Whom you have sent. Christians worship messenger: O Wake Christians: Christians go to hell fire:– ANSWER– in truth, there is not a religious truth, which can be imposed: with the violence of law, because, the truth can be understood only by the power of the heart, that is love! when you, Muslims will stop: to hate, despise and judge honest people? (because it is by its fruit, which the tree is known) then, only then, you will learn to know God: personally!
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    God the Creator of the heavens and the earth and man said in the Holy Quran. (83) Say (O Muhammad): We believe in Allah (God) and That Which is revealed unto us and revealed unto Abraham and Ishmael That Which Was and Isaac and Jacob and the tribes, and That Which Was vouchsafed unto Moses and Jesus and Their prophets from the Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and unto Him we have surrendered. (84)Surah Al-E-Imran – ANSWER – IF YOU were doing the works of God and the prophets? you would never have killed innocent people (Christians), but Satan is your father, because you do the same works that murderer of Muhammad had done, in fact, you do not follow the teachings of Jesus, it is impossible for a Muslim to enter, in heaven if despise the Bible, or the Gospel, but many Muslims Satanists, they burn the Bible and the Gospel!
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    max76689 said: God says in the Quran: (74) The Messiah, son of Mary, was no other than a messenger, messengers (the like of whom) had passed away before him. And his mother was a saintly woman. Both And they used to eat (earthly) food. See how We make the revelations clear for them, and see how they are turned away! (75) Surah Al-Maeda: in = jesus bible say = This is eternal life: that they may know You the only true God and Jesus Christ Whom you have sent, but, Christians worship messenger. – ANSWER – you will not be condemned for being a Muslim, because Muslims good people? go to Heaven, you will be condemned, because, not having, received a divine revelation, you personally, as many Muslims, who have become Christians, you judge the infinite things of God, to do harm to innocent people on matters of conscience
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    if you understand Christianity? then, also, you will be killed by the Muslims, because, in their eyes, you will always be, a blasphemer and idolater! but this is the truth, God has given free will, while satanaAllah, has captured:: taken it! se tu capisci il cristianesimo? poi, anche, tu sarai ucciso dai musulmani, perché, ai loro occhi, tu sarai sempre, un blasfemo ed idolatra! ma, questa è la verità, Dio ha dato il libero arbitrio, mentre, satanaAllah lo ha tolto!
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    Christians believe that God is love … a love which suffers and shares: the penis of men, through the Messiah, Christ Jesus, there must be no violence or contempt on religion, the Prophet says, but, you kill innocent Christians martyrs: 300 every day!
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    TheLansoprazole Commento sul tuo video: 73 Robert Spencer Muhammad Islam Christians martyr persecution Terrorism Numbers 31:17-18 King James Version (KJV) 17- Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. 18- But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves. –ANSWER — YOUR planet is the planet of the Satanic Illuminati of talmud: IMF FED ECB, 666, 322, or planet: of Salafis, Sharia law, for saudi imperialism, it is not my planet!!
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    Kain Warlike: all Cain 666 IMF CIA spammers: of synnek1: Satanism employer: international institutional Satanism. KainDarkullic has posted a comment: 6 hours ago said: “I am anger Under pressure Locked in cages, The first prisoner to escape I am wicked I am legion Strength in numbers, to lie The number is one that I see is Everything for me” — ANSWER — PROVERB —-“When men do not worship God? then, they end up worshiping the beasts! madness! “and in fact, he runs: around the world: with a condom: of donkey’s dead: embalmed of Satan! the ultimate degradation of human nature? is betray its Creator! “Quando gli uomini non adorano Dio? poi, loro finiscono per adorare le bestie! pazzia!” ed infatti, lui gira: tutto il mondo : con un preservativo: di testa di asino morto: imbalsamato per satana! il massimo degrado della natura umana?, è tradire il proprio Creatore!

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