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Nathaniel Bassey “ONISE IYANU Lyric”


Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

Onise Iyanu
You are the God of awesome wonders
I’ve tasted of your power
Onise Iyanu
You have shown me so much mercy
Much more than I deserve

My eyes have seen, my ears have heard
The wonders of your praise
Creation bows in awe of you
And we join to give you praise

The words you speak turns things around
Your outstretched arm
Has lifted me
You took away the chains and colts
That held me bound

Onise Iyanu
You are the God of awesome wonders
I’ve tasted of your power
Onise Iyanu
You have shown me so much mercy
Much more than I deserve

Omniscient, Omnipotent
the one who does great things
when I behold the things you do
I just can’t hold back my praise

The words you speak turns things around
Your outstretched arm
Has lifted me
You took away the chains and colts
That held me bound

Onise Iyanu
You are the God of awesome wonders
I’ve tasted of your power
Onise Iyanu
You have shown me so much mercy
Much more than I deserve

Onise Iyanu
You are the God of awesome wonders
I’ve tasted of your power
Onise Iyanu
You have shown me so much mercy
Much more than I deserve

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Much more than I deserve

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Gloria Bamiloye gives reasons why Christian women should not wear trousers


Popular pastor’s wife has given her opinion on why Christain women should not wear trousers

– The woman revealed that women who wear trousers are unaware of the effect it has on men

– She also stated that wearing trouser is not a sin but it doesn’t portray a woman the right way

Wife Mount Zion president and co-founder of Mount Zion Faith Ministries, Gloria Bamiloye, has revealed reasons why Christian women should not be seen wearing trousers. Bamiloye also stated that wearing trousers for women is not a sin.

The woman who shared her opinion on Facebook stated that the wearing trousers for women cannot be considered wrong. However, she stated that as a believer in Christ, a Christian woman who wears trouser might not be portrayed the right way to unbelievers.

She further stated that despite the fact the the scripture doesn’t specify the type of cloth that should be worn by a man or woman, it is important not to become a stumbling block for others who are weak.

Gloria Bamiloye gives reasons why Christian women should not wear trousers Photo source: Concise news

According to the evangelist who backed up her opinion by quoting verses from the Bible, when women wear trousers it could affect people around them negatively.

She gave an example of a married woman who wore a tight trousers that made her look very attractive.

Read below:

“Is it good for believers to wear trousers ?

Answer:

Deuteronomy 22:5 KJVS

[5] The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.

The scripture does not specify the cloths for the man and the one for the woman from this verse. And so it depends on what each country ,nations ,Tribe accepts as the cloth for the man or for woman

For example in our country Nigeria ,there are so many tribes and tongues not to talk about the world. This scripture therefore does not specify but the Lord expect us to now walk with our initiatives on how a child of God should dress based on where he or she comes from.

In the western world, Men and women wear trousers. Women have her own special way of sewing their trousers and the same with men

In Africa, we have some who wear trousers while majority don’t.

Now coming down to our country, in yoruba land, culturally, ladies don’t wear trousers while men wear. In some parts of Nigeria, in some tribes, men tie wrapper like women

Because of these varieties in tribes and culture all over the world it is difficult to say this is how somebody should dress. In Scotland for example, men wear skirt like women.

1 Corinthians 8:9 KJVS

[9] But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.

Even though we have liberty to put on whatever we feel like wearing, we must not become stumbling block for others who are weak. That is to say according to Paul if ordinary eating of meat will course your brother to stumble away from faith ,he said he will not eat meat again

1 Corinthians 8:11-13 KJVS

[11] And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? [

12] But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ

[13] Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.

Jesus did not come to the world to die for himself. He came for you and me. He denied himself of his glory coming to the world and working around touching lives. He became poor so we can be rich. He did everything for the souls of men.

My brethren, if we are saved, it is not only for you. You are saved to rise up for others. So you are not to be concerned about only your comfort . Think about others who are looking up to you. Wearing of trousers or not is not actually the issue because many born again sisters are wearing other things more terrible than trousers because according to them, they love to be comfortable.

There are some terrible trousers people wear these days that reveal all the shape and contour of their bodies same with very tight and mini skirts.

Where is the love of God in us if our intention is to cause others to fall?

You may not know but that is the target of the enemy.

We were coming from outside the country some times ago, and at the airport I saw a married lady with her child and husband following. She wore a very tight pair of jeans trousers which exposed her in a very s*ductive way . It was too tight that it is difficult to explain. Such a lady is married, but to her she just wanted to wear something she loved to wear, without considering the impact on others. That is not love.

A Christian has liberty in Christ, but the Word of God cautions us to be careful how we use this Liberty. So we won’t make somebody to stumble away from faith.

There so many young converts who are not so strong in faith like you are. If you allow any of them to fall out of faith because of your comfort, God will not take it lightly with you.

Mark 9:42 KJVS

[42] And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.

A sister was telling me why she decided not wear trousers again. She and her friend went for evangelism her friend wore trousers and blouse while she wore a dress. She used to wear trousers too due to the nature of her work. So many times she is in trousers even when she is not in her place of work. She is so much used to wearing trousers. Fortunately for her that day she didn’t put on trousers and so they were out for evangelism.

They now met a man and started preaching to him. She said the man was just looking at her friend who wore trouser without paying attention to what they were saying . When he could no longer stand it he called this sister and told her to please tell her friend that wore trousers to excuse them. The man said he could not imagine somebody like her preaching to him. That was how the friend left them and the man now told the sister to continue the massage, that he can now listen. This incidence affected the sister that when she got back home. She gave out all her trousers. There is nothing bad in wearing trousers especially when it necessary like in some profession, activities and so on. And everybody will understand.

The most important thing for you to know as a child of God is that you are not living for yourself only, but for the Lord and the people you will reach for Christ. If the holy spirit is actually living in you ,you will be concerned how you treat your body to glorify God .

If such sisters are to be in the western world, nobody would read any meaning to it because they see nothing special in you wearing trousers since it is part of their life style. But it means different thing to a lot of people in africa.

It is not spiritually wise to bring their ways of life here. It may hinder the move of God. We therefore need to listen to our spirits on how to dress. That body belongs to God and everything God would do in this world is through that body. We therefore need to treat our body with the wisdom of God so we won’t hinder His move.

Another female minister of God was invited to a woman program. As she was dressing up to go for the program ,she heard it deep down in her from the HolySpirit to remove her earring because she uses them. She was so confused because she has never been condemned on that before .

Anyway to have peace she had to obey her spirit. She removed it and went for the program. She was welcome and led straight to the altar to minister. She said as she told the women “let Us pray” and all the women closed their eyes, The HolySpirit told her to wait, open her eyes and look at all the women seated. So she paused and open her eyes to look at all the women in the hall. She discovered that none of them wore earrings. The the Lord told her, If she had come here with her earnings, she would not be allowed to preach because there they don’t use it at all.

She was shocked and because of that she chose not to put it on again.

What am I saying therefore is that if you are a child of God, there will be sacrifices in carrying your cross to follow the Lord however little. But many believers are not ready to sacrifice anything, and for such, you don’t expect God to use you beyond your church.

If you want God to trust you with great work ,you must be ready to sacrifice your comfort at times for God to have his way in your life. There are things he may ask you to drop even though they are not sinful, but for Him to move unhindered, You may need to do so and every obedience like that will lead to promotion. So in anything we do let us know that we are not only living for ourselves but for God and souls. Do not be a stumbling blocking to others in what ever you allow in your life ,be it in your dressing ,or in any other areas of your life . That is how to walk in love. Listen to the HolySpirit because he lives in you and be ready to obey him because God is more concerned with souls of men hence he said Mark 9:42 KJVS

[42] And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.

May God give us understanding as we follow Him in Jesus name.”

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By Simbiat Ayoola

​Revealing the hidden secrets of the biggest deception


  • The people who brought Christianity into Africa brought the concept of spiritual dehumanization of the African spiritual consciousness through introducing white God creator imagery and white goddess imagery, according to these European version of spirituality the only negative spiritual being that looked African was Satan also some times called the devil, the only difference is the imaginary horn.
  • According to this European religion God is a white man living in the sky in a place called heaven, prior to the European invasion into Africa there was already a concept of creation and the name of the force or forces that organized all things at the very genesis of our being as human was known to these African tribes in their own languages in igbo (chi-ukwu-okike) in Yoruba (olodumeri) in Ghana (nyame), the Europeans stole the concept of chi-ukwu-okike and made it to look like an European man who had one son “who he sent to die for all”, the truth about African version of creation which first was not created but organised out of matters that had already been without form, chi-ukwu-okike is not a man he’s immortal invisible in nature of men, it is as the air he is not a man in the sky as potraid by deceptive Christianity, the invisible gives birth to the invisible, the visible gives birth to the visible, each of the African tribes belive that the maker of their being into existence made the first man and women in their indigenous land and not in Israel but in Africa. I told Christians there is no account in their bible where their white man create hell or Sara
  • The pectoral images of heaven that was introduced by the Europeans who brought Christianity into Africa gave pictures that only shows white people and quite unharmful animals in the eternal heaven, yet according to their bible there is no heaven, their own bible said God created heaven, ask them where was that white man called God when he was creating the heaven, and why will the Son of their God say he was going to prepare a place where he will take them to, is the place already existing or not?, Their Jesus is not yet back to prove he have made the place yet they already have pictures of heaven everywhere.
  • According to the bible God made a man’s wife pregnant to bring in his special son into this world through her, first of all its abominable to impregnate a mans wife in African culture, secondly she gave birth to more than two children after given birth to the Jesus Christ, yet Christianity want you to believe such a married woman of more than three children died as a virgin just because they believe the nigro hate to read. If I told my grandma is a virgin will you belive it, so why will a woman who they claimed died over 2000 year be a virgin after having over three kids from her vagina.
  • A heavily pregnant woman can’t ride on a Horse, Donkey or Carmel for that distance in harsh cold winter weather and did not have miscarriage. The distance from Jerusalem to Egypt is about 696 km, A woman who drove with car on a rough road had miscarriage and the distance was just about 400 km from lagos to delta state I know her she lost the twin, According to the bible the shepherd where watching their sheep’s at night which was probably the night Jesus was born, The question is how can shepherd do their shepherd work in the cold winter and at night, does their sheep eat snore? 
  • Apart from the summer periods, Other periods of about seven to eight month’s are very hot in Israel this is a climate which always hotter then Ghana, And i can still remember that my whites mtc companion in Ghana had this sun shade cream he was using on his skin just about few years ago so how can three white people survive a sun hotter than that of Ghana in the age of zero ac and had to go hiding in the midst of people who are cushi kemets, The Egyptians where also called cushites in the bible in Arabic if you are called cushi it means you are brown or dark a skin person, And kemet being a word that had to do with black, how can three white people hade in the midst of such civilised black people and would not be noticed?
  • The child called jesus being a white dude had two name that are completely roman and yet no account of him ever being in Rome, He lived In Egypt from infant age till almost the age of 12 and yet had no Egyptian name, But rather two Roman names, Jesus and Christ has nothing to do with the language of those who call them selfs Jews it’s Roman names.
  • The hair colour of the Jesus is a sickness and his skin colours also considered unclean according to the bible as a mater of fact the bible explained that Jesus is from the tribe of Judah, The bible explained more of their blackness or nigroness, according to the bible all Israelites are blacks and sometimes called Niggers, His eyes where Red according to the man killed on the cross as the king of the Jews in the bible and not a yellow or green eye.
  • We who are digging out the truth are aware that the ancient names of some places in West Africa was given to some places in Israel and the concept of Judaism Christianity etc, Hell and Heaven religions where derived from the spirituality of Biafrans and Kemet but mingled with allegories and some deception.
  • Who is the man in that picture? It’s not God black man neither does he have any thing at all to do with purity what you see in that picture is the biggest lie ever told, devil means deception and not a black man with horn, this lie called Jesus Christ has a lot of pictures he is a different white man in all his different looks and he shows different hand signs too.
  • The Image you see as Jesus Christ (a.k.a) Roman Caesar Borgia who is the Son of the 6th pope, He’s no god but the devil, and he always displaying hand signs of his purpler hand sign with his right hand having two if his fingers, The second and third finger facing up like the U sign, that’s the Nazi sign of war and conquest, the first slave ship of conquest into Africa was called Jesus owned by the Jews and used by their brother’s the European Americans.
  • He is not dressing like his Ashkenazi Jewish brother in his images, but rather dresses in Biafran and Southern Ghanaian Ashanti dressing, is it not a stolen culture?.
  • The sign of his second finger pointing up to the sky is the Masonic sign of the creator, The phallic sign is the sign of the same second finger pointing to his heart, then the Vesica Discis is the sign showing his second and third finger pointing up like the U sign, these are some of the Masonic signs displayed by the Christian God.

Reference:

  • Revelation: chapter 1 verse 1, verse 14 and verse 15.
  • Lamentation: chapter 4 verse 8.
  • Song of Solomon: chapter 1 verse 6.
  • Isaiah: chapter 29: 22.
  • Jeremiah: chapter 8: 21.
  • Jeremiah: chapter 14: 2.
  • Daniel: chapter 10: 6.
  • Daniel: chapter 7: 9.
  • Job: chapter 30: 30.
  • Acts: chapter 13: 1
  • Amos: chapter 9: 7.
  • Jeremiah: chapter 13: 23.

 Source: Odogwu Dan/facebook.com


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Offering of the Tithe according to KJV



Article written by Ikem Samuel

This issue have cause problem around the world today, mostly is Nigeria where owner of church tells you that you must pay tithe in his or there church, while most of the church don’t assists some of there members, there members will suffer to earn money and pay tithe to the church and the pastor will us the money to buy luxury cars while those tithes donators are passing through hell to earn money daily.

I Added.

Instead of i to suffer and earn a little money daily and i will pay my tithe to those pastors that own an (Airborne/Helicopter) or Luxury Cars, I humbly pay or donate unto those Le’vite, the Stranger, the Fatherless/the motherless and the Widow..

Reference: Deuteronomy Chapter 26 vs 12 to 15.

  • When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Le’vite, the Stranger, the Fatherless, and the Widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled;
  • Then thou shalt say before the Lord thy God, I have brought away the hallowed things out of mine house, and also have given them unto the Le’vite, and the Stranger, to the Fatherless, and to the Widow, according to all thy commandments which thou hast commanded me: I have not transgressed thy commandments, neither have i forgetton them: 
  • I have not eaten thereof in my mourning, neither have i taken away ought thereof for any unclean use, nor given ought thereof for the dead: but i have hearkened to the voice of the LORD my God, and have done according to all that thou hast commanded me.
  • Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven, and bless thy people Is’-ra-el, and the land which thou hast given us, as thou swarest unto our fathers, a land that floweth with milk and honey.

I know some of the pastors and members will fight this my article because i speak such, but am not afraid of any human being except Almighty Living God that i fear, and nobody will fight me because the Holy Bible is my Reference.

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​China bans Christians from all Church Activities (See Why)


Authorities across several counties China’s central Henan province issued a warning on March 8, forbidding any Christian gatherings in the area and placing Christians under house arrest. Additionally, officials continue to tear down couplet door decorations that use Christian language.
According to an anonymous source in Shangqiu, Henan, Christians there have been placed under house arrest without charge, with police officers watching their residence and requiring them to report where they are going every time they wish to leave the house.

“I heard that many churches in Sheqi County also received a notice that believers cannot gather anymore,” a Christian in Nanyang, Henan said. “Christians are afraid of gathering and they don’t have anywhere to gather either. Times have changed. It feels like the Cultural Revolution.”

The Cultural Revolution refers to the period between 1966 and 1976, when Mao Zedong attempted to destroy all influences besides Communism in China, and was a period of great economic and societal hardship, especially for citizens who practiced religion. Atheism began to be enforced as the official religious belief of the Communist Party.

A Christian named Wang spoke with a reporter on March 9, explaining that the day previous, a notice had gone out to all churches in the cities of Zhumadian and Zhoukou, as well as Gushi County, announcing that all religious activities in the area are cancelled until further notice. Though the warning stipulates that any who refuse to comply will be punished, the nature of that punishment is unclear.

In Tanghe County, authorities forcibly disbanded house church meetings and ordered all participants to register with a government operated Three-Self Church instead. Christians were warned that any who continued to meet would be fined 30,000 yuan (U.S. $4,700).

During the celebration of Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, which can last several weeks in China, authorities inspected Christian households and removed any decorations which referenced religion. Couplets, which are banners with paired poetic phrases hung on both sides of the door to a house, are very common decorations for the Spring Festival. However, officials tore down all couplets which used the term “Emmanuel” and replaced them with couplets wishing for “good fortune and wealth” instead.

ChinaAid reports on instances of religious persecution, such as the outbreak of events across Henan province, in order to expose abuses by the Chinese government and promote human rights and rule of law in China.

Source: naijaloaded.com

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​London Closes 500 Churches; Opens 423 New Mosques


The creeping Islamization of London is almost complete, with hundreds of official sharia courts operating in the capital, and mosques opening where famous Christian churches have stood for many hundreds of years.
“London is more Islamic than many Muslim countries put together “,

according to Maulana Syed Raza Rizvi, one of the Islamic preachers who now lead “ Londonistan “, as the journalist Melanie Phillips has called the English capital. No, Rizvi is not a right-wing extremist.

Nobel Laureate for Literature,Wole Soyinka, was less generous. He

called the UK “a cesspit for Islamists“.

“Terrorists can not stand London multiculturalism“, London’s mayor Sadiq Khan said after the deadly terror attack at Westminster last year. The opposite is true: British multiculturalists are feeding Islamic fundamentalism.

Above all, Londonistan, with its 423 new mosques , is being built on the sad ruins of English Christianity. Many iconic Christian churches in London have been converted into mosques.

Gatestone Institute reports : The Hyatt United Church was bought by the Egyptian community to be converted to a mosque. St Peter’s Church has been converted into the Madina Mosque. The Brick Lane Mosque was built on a former Methodist church. Not only buildings are converted, but also people. The number of converts to Islam has doubled ; often they embrace radical Islam, as with Khalid Masood, the terrorist who struck Westminster.

The Daily Mail published photographs of a church and a mosque a few meters from each other in the heart of London. At the Church of San Giorgio, designed to accommodate 1,230 worshipers, only 12 people gathered to celebrate Mass. At the Church of Santa Maria, there were 20.

The nearby Brune Street Estate mosque has a different problem: overcrowding. Its small room and can contain only 100. On Friday, the faithful must pour into the street to pray. Given the current trends, Christianity in England is becoming a relic, while Islam will be the religion of the future.

In Birmingham, the second-largest British city, where many jihadists live and orchestrate their attacks, an Islamic minaret dominates the sky. There are petitions to allow British mosques to call the Islamic faithful to prayer on loudspeakers three times a day.
By 2020, estimates are that the number of Muslims attending prayers will reach at least 683,000, while the number of Christians attending weekly Mass will drop to 679,000. “The new cultural landscape of English cities has arrived; the homogenised, Christian landscape of state religion is in retreat”, said Ceri Peachof Oxford University. While nearly half of British Muslims are under the age of 25, a quarter of Christians are over 65. “In another 20 years there are going to be more active Muslims than there are churchgoers,” said Keith Porteous Wood, director of the National Secular Society.

Since 2001, 500 London churches of all denominations have been turned into private homes. During the same period, British mosques have been proliferating. Between 2012 and 2014, the proportion of Britons who identify themselves as Anglicans fell from 21% to 17%, a decrease of 1.7 million people, while, according to a survey conducted by the respected NatCen Social Research Institute, the number of Muslims has grown by almost a million. Churchgoers are declining at a rate that within a generation, their number will be three times lower than that of Muslims who go regularly to mosque on Friday.

Demographically, Britain has been acquiring an increasingly an Islamic face, in places such as Birmingham, Bradford, Derby, Dewsbury, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Luton, Manchester, Sheffield, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets. In 2015, an analysis of the most common name in England showed it was

Mohammed, including spelling variations such as Muhammad and Mohammad.

Most important cities have huge Muslim populations: Manchester (15.8%), Birmingham (21.8%) and Bradford (24.7%). In Birmingham, the police just dismantled a terrorist cell; there is also a greater probability that a child will be born into a Muslim family than into a Christian one. In Bradford and Leicester, half the children are Muslim. Muslims do not need to become the majority in the UK; they just need gradually to Islamize the most important cities. The change is already taking place. “Londonistan” is not a Muslim majority nightmare; it is a cultural, demographic and religious hybrid in which Christianity declines and Islam advances.

Thousands of Muslims participate in a public outdoor prayer service in Birmingham, England, on July 6, 2016. (Image source: Ruptly video screenshot)
According to Innes Bowen, writing in

The Spectator , only two of the 1,700 mosques in Britain today follow the modernist interpretation of Islam, compared with 56% in the United States. The Wahhabis control six percent of mosques in the UK, while the fundamentalist Deobandi control up to 45%. According to a survey from the Knowledge Center, a third of UK Muslims do not feel “part of British culture.”

SHARIA COURTS IN LONDON

London is also full of sharia courts. There are officially 100. The advent of this parallel judicial system has been made possible thanks to the British Arbitration Act and the system of Alternative Dispute Resolution. These new courts are based on the rejection of the inviolability of human rights: the values ​​of freedom and equality that are the basis of English Common Law.

British personalities keep opening the door to introduce sharia. One of Britain’s leading judges, Sir James Munby, said that Christianity no longer influences the courts and these must be multicultural — which means more Islamic. Rowan Williams , the former Archbishop of Canterbury, and Chief Justice Lord Phillips also

suggested that British law should “incorporate” elements of sharia law. The British cultural establishment is rapidly capitulating to Islamic fundamentalists in accepting their demands.

British universities are also advancing Islamic law. The official guidelines of the university, “ External speakers in higher education institutions“, published by Universities UK, provide that “orthodox religious groups” may separate men and women during events. At Queen Mary University of London, women had to use a separate entrance and were forced to sit in a room without being able to ask questions or raise their hands — as in Riyadh or Tehran. The Islamic Society at the London School of Economics held a gala, in which women and men were separated by a seven-meter panel.

After the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the head of MI6, Sir John Sawers, recommended self-censorship and “some restraint ” in discussing Islam. The British ambassador in Saudi Arabia, Simon Collis, converted to Islam and completed the pilgrimage to Mecca, the hajj. He now calls himself Haji Collis.

What will be next?

Source: yournewswire.com

Chinese Authorities blow up Christian Mega church “golden lampstand church” with dynamite


From prosecuting Christians and throwing those who openly read the bible or preach on the streets inside jail and now blowing up Christian worship centers with dynamite, one would wonder, why does Chinese Government hate Christianity so much.

Reports suggests that Chinese authorities have demolished a well-known Christian megachurch, inflaming long-standing tensions between religious groups and the Communist Party. Witnesses and overseas activists said the paramilitary People’s Armed Police used dynamite and excavators to destroy the Golden Lampstand Church, which has a congregation of more than 50,000, in the city of Linfen in Shaanxi province.

ChinaAid, a US-based Christian advocacy group, said local authorities planted explosives in an underground worship hall to demolish the building following, constructed with nearly $2.6m (£1.9m) in contributions from local worshippers in one of China’s poorest regions.

The church had faced “repeated persecution” by the Chinese government, said ChinaAid. Hundreds of police and hired thugs smashed the building and seized Bibles in an earlier crackdown in 2009 that ended with the arrest of church leaders.

Those church leaders were given prison sentences of up to seven years for charges of illegally occupying farmland and disturbing traffic order, according to state media. There are an estimated 60 million Christians in China, many of whom worship in independent congregations like the Golden Lampstand. Millions of Christians, Buddhists and Muslims also worship in state-sanctioned assemblies.

But the surging popularity of non-state-approved churches has raised the ire of authorities, wary of any threats to the officially atheist Communist Party’s rigid political and social control.

Source: exlinklogde.com