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Christians Executed in China

Written by Rev. H.A Bergsma
Reliable sources in China have informed International Christian Concern (ICC) that the Chinese government has ordered the execution of ChinaÕs most prominent Christian house leaders. Xu Yong Ze could be executed any time soon, according to this source. Pastor Xu was arrested in Zhenghou, Henan province on March 16 along with sixteen other popular house church leaders. Eight were arrested after having met together to discuss uniting their house churches. Pastor XuÕs church network Cong Sheng (Born Again) is estimated to be over eight million in number. The merger would have created the largest organized body of Christians in China. The Born Again house church is considered a ÒheresyÓ by the Chinese government. In the government Òstrike hardÓ campaign against crime, the illegal house churches are being targeted because of their rapid growth and evangelistic fervour. President Bill Clinton is expected to decide this month whether or not China should continue to receive ÒMost Favoured NationÓ trading privileges.

ICC is urging Americans to express their outrage by phoning the White House and their representatives in Congress (White House: 202 456-1111; Capitol: 202 224-3121; Chinese Embassy: 202 328-2582) (From a fax forwarded to me under the heading of extreme urgency) The above note further requests that we pass this news along to as many as possible and to be much in prayer for our Christian brothers and sisters under persecution in China.

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