Blog note: Christian Persecution. Jesus indicated that many would hate and persecute Christians because of His name. This has always been the case and is increasing in intensity and frequency.
Psalm 25:19. Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
Psalm 38:19. But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.
Psalm 41:7. All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.
Psalm 69:4. They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.
Psalm 69:14. Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.
Matthew 10:22. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Mark 13:13. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Luke 6:22. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
Luke 14:26. If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
Luke 19:14. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
Luke 21:17. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
John 7:7. The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
John 15:18. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
John 15:23. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. End of note
Chinese Christian details indoctrination camps, being forced to blaspheme Christ
By Leah MarieAnn Klett, Christian Post Reporter. JANUARY 21, 2019
A Chinese Christian woman revealed the mental abuse she endured at a Chinese “indoctrination camp,” including how police withheld sleep after she refused to blaspheme the name of Jesus Christ.
Jian Yongjiu, a member of The Church of Almighty God, told Bitter Winter magazine that after she was arrested for “organizing and using an organization to undermine state law enforcement,” she was sent to a “legal education center” in Hangzhou city, in China’s eastern coastal province of Zhejiang.
She told the outlet that while she was not physically harmed, she endured “mental torture” that sought to destroy her mind and spirit.
“For a person of faith, being subjected to mandatory indoctrination not only causes mental anguish but more so, the soul is subjected to unbearable repression and agony,” she said.
Jian described prison-like conditions, complete with 24/7 surveillance and small, padlocked rooms with little more than a skylight. Guards escorted her everywhere she went, and two “tutors,” specially trained to help detainees undergo “ideological transformation,” slept beside her every night. A surveillance camera was aimed directly at Jian’s bed to watch for any attempts to pray secretly.
During the day, Jian participated in several hours-long indoctrination classes, where she was forced to watch Chinese Communist Party propaganda videos, study Chinese President Xi Jinping’s teachings, and sing songs thanking the Party. After several days of this, she was shown videos criticizing Christianity and ordered to complete “homework,” which required her to write words blaspheming God.
“Every day, I was forced to watch content that condemned and slandered my faith, but I wasn’t allowed to refute it,” she said, adding that the homework was “like “stepping onto a battlefield.”
Once, the tutors told Jian to clearly write blasphemous words about God. She refused to do so, and asked, “The national constitution expressly provides for the freedom of belief of citizens. Why do you torment and persecute Christians?”
One of the tutors reportedly replied, “For whom is there freedom of belief? You were born in China, so you have to obey the Communist Party. Belief in God is what the Communist Party hates the most. If you want freedom, [you won’t get it] unless you go abroad.”
After being at the camp for five days, Jian had not given up her faith, so she was forced to write a statement of “guarantee, repentance, break-up, and criticism,” which would mean renouncing her faith.
When she refused, the two tutors took turns monitoring Jian and did not allow her to sleep.
“If I were not guided by the word of God, I would have been driven crazy. The CCP is evil,” she said.
Although she was eventually released, Jian continues to be harassed and threatened by police, and is continually monitored by a woman wearing a “special duty” red armband.
Legalized in 2018 and often located in state-owned hotels, nursing homes, and psychiatric hospitals, “legal education centers” were established to allow local governments to “educate and transform” people influenced by “extremism.”
However, with an estimated one and a half million inmates — many of them Muslim majority Uyghurs — these centers have become a means for the CCP to combat religious belief and repress ethnic minority groups.
While presented as “educational” facilities, inmates are routinely submitted to an “inhuman regime of labor and indoctrination and to strong pressure to renounce their religious faith, with instances of torture and suspicious deaths frequently reported,” according to Bitter Winter.
In light of these abuses, watchdog group Open Doors USA ranked China number 27 on its World Watch List of countries where Christians face the most severe persecution for their faith, marking a 16-spot jump from its previous ranking.
Open Doors warned in its report that “the increased power of the government and the rule of Xi Jinping continue to make open worship difficult in some parts of the country.”