From http://www.bbc.com in Beijing, here is a relevant article about the Chinese government’s crackdown on Christians who refuse to join with the state’s atheistic Three-Self “Church”.
The final comment by one of the free church’s members is something all Christians worldwide need to ponder… (in essence) that repression of the church will cause unbelievers to see the beauty of true Christianity, when they see the faithfulness of true believers under persecution.
And another article from the same source: yes, it’s a little old, but never out of date, if it keeps happening, as it most certainly does. In this one, you can hear the position of the state-appointed hirelings — or, pastors — who run the government Three-Self “churches”.
To quote one of the state hirelings, whose name is Pastor Wu Weiqing: “We have to remember first of all we are a citizen of this country,” he says. “And we are a citizen of the Kingdom of God. That comes second.” WHAAT??
Ahem! But it’s sooo similar to the so-called “reasoning” heard in western “Christian” circles… If you put your Kingdom citizenship AFTER patriotism to your country, you are going to show up as a false Christian… like Mr. Wu… Just a state mouthpiece…