About 18 months ago ShouWang (a large “Family Church” in Beijing, English name: The Rock) bought a building to meet in, but the Government put pressure on the property manager to not hand over the keys so they were forced to rent a place instead. The Government then put pressure on the landlord to evict them which he did a couple of weeks ago. The therefore felt they had no alternative but to meet outside, which they did last Sunday (10th April).
Consequently over 100 people (including our friend MM) were taken away by police for questioning, with most being (including MM) released 24 hours later having signed a statement saying they won’t take part in any other illegal meetings.
This Sunday (17th April) since they want to keep meeting as a church, and have no alternative, they will meet outside again. Today, the police have personally visited a number of the congregation (including our friends Carol and DQ) warning them not to take part in the service.
We’ve just been on the phone to Carol, she’s not sure what she should do: whether to honour her dad by staying at home and away from a likely conflict with the police, or go and identify herself with fellow believers and obeying the command to keep on meeting with brothers and sisters. We’re not sure what to advise her.
The leaders of the church have reportedly been placed under house arrest, however it seems that the two senior pastors have been taken away and it’s unclear where they are at the moment.
Do please be praying about this situation.