Reaping the promise of James 1:2-3

Thursday, April 18, 2019
 | 
Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

Chinese Commie PropagandaIn the midst of extreme persecution, Christians in China are finding the promise found in the first few verses of the Book of James to be not only reassuring, but loaded with truth as well.

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds," read verses 2 and 3 of Chapter 1, "because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance."

Chinese authorities are shutting down churches and imprisoning believers, which is nothing new in the communist country. But it is intensifying – and yet persecuted Christians know how to respond.

"They actually respond with joyfulness," says Gina Goh with International Christian Concern. She also reports there's an amazing boldness among some of the Christians that she finds very inspiring.

"They all feel like even if the persecution continues or even intensifies, it's not going to force them to renounce their faith," she shares. "And also, most house churches still refuse to join state-sanctioned churches."

Goh tells OneNewsNow that the persecution has forced larger congregations to split up, giving more Christians the opportunity to lead out in smaller groups.

"They were all trained in a way how to be well-rounded leaders," she explains, "so all of them now can single-handedly do Bible study, lead worship, and give a short sermon."

Despite the persecution, God's Word is spreading – even behind bars. "When they were detained, they were able to share the gospel in the police station to fellow prisoners, detainees, or even to the police officers," she says.

And in some cases, Goh adds, those who heard the gospel there gave their lives to the Lord.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What’s your prediction for the CA prosecution of David Daleiden?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

  US charges WikiLeaks founder with publishing classified info
'American Taliban' Lindh freed after 17 years in prison
Judge orders file in Jussie Smollett criminal case unsealed
  FAA meets with international regulators over Boeing 737 Max
  Far from border, US cities feel effect of migrant releases
  US forecasters: Expect near normal Atlantic hurricane season

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Black billionaire 'victims' and their leftist overlords
Police departments guilty of ‘interspecies violence’ against blacks, professor argues
Pro-abortion activist in Ohio: Pro-lifers 'deserve to be shot'
Using the 'big lie' to delegitimize election results
Obama judges kill Americans’ privacy to help Democratic house harass Trump

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Easter bombings mourned as more than 'Easter worshippers'

Sri Lanka church bombingA national defense analyst says it’s appalling that the Left claims to be outraged when Muslims are harmed but seems to be dismissing the heinous Easter morning attacks on Christians in Sri Lanka.