A Christian human rights organization is reporting that authorities in China used explosives to demolish a popular mega-church in the latest attempt to crack down on Christianity.
ChinaAid reports that on January 9th, paramilitary People's Armed Police forces used excavators and dynamite to demolish the church building. Brynne Lawrence of the Christian human rights organization says the Golden Lampstand Church had some 50,000 members.
"I believe it was an unregistered house church," she tells OneNewsNow. "And a lot of the church leaders in the past had been arrested and sentenced to one to seven years in prison, and so it's a very high-profile church. It's a very large church as well. In the pictures it just looks like it has a huge physical presence in this town."
Lawrence notes a similar demolition of a Catholic church late last year, so Christians are starting to fear that this could become a trend. She says what happened to Golden Lampstand Church was simply a crackdown on believers.
"If this church were in any other free country, it would be considered a peaceful church organization," she poses. "It's a very normal church, and so this is just basically China's paranoia of the growth of Christianity … showing itself."
The church was located in one of the poorest regions in Northern China. Members paid nearly $3 million to construct the building that has now been shattered.