CHENGDU, China — Members of a house church in China recently took the gospel to the streets after the government shut down their unregistered church, video footage reveals.
A video shared on Sunday by Christopher Gregory of the organization China Missions shows Christians gathering in the public park to sing, preach and pray. Sometimes they walk the sidewalks, playing musical instruments and happily singing praises to God, such as “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus,” and sometimes they gather around to hear the preaching of the word.
Some clips show a church leader holding his Bible in one hand and a microphone in the other, as another man holds a speaker above his head for amplification. Other clips show members praying aloud in the park, sometimes stationary, and sometimes as they walk along in the open air.
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Gregory told Christian News Network that the church held both the morning and evening service outside on Sunday, and the pastor was arrested afterward, but is now free.
“The local authorities shut down a house church in Chengdu last week, so they thought that was the end of it—it wasn’t,” Gregory shared on social media. “The people took the gospel to the streets and have started church services in the parks while the authorities looked on in bewilderment not knowing what to do.”
“For the first time, people throughout China are saying ‘NO!’ to what the Communist party wants—control,” he outlined.
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