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Statment: Why We Refuse to Join in the China State-managed “Three-Self” Church

Posted by Author on February 9, 2010

Excerpt of “Confession of Faith”, by Persecuted Shuozhou Church, Via China Aid, Feb. 8, 2009-

SHANXI–In the aftermath following the detention of six Shuozhou pastors and the destruction of Brother Gao Mao’s home, members of Shuozhou have issued a Confession of Faith, affirming their doctrine and taking a stand in defense of their faith.

(Excerpt)

3.    Why We Refuse to Join in the “Three-Self” Church

3.1. Different heads: the head of the “Three-Self” church is the government; they administrate the church based on religion policies. The head of the house church is Jesus Christ; we administrate the church in accordance to the Bible.

3.2. Different ways of appointing the clergies: The clergies of the “three-self” churches are appointed by the bureau of religious affairs; the house churches select clergies who are anointed by the Holy Spirit, equipped with the truth and spiritual gifts, recognized by the churches and bear spiritual fruits.

3.3. Different foundations: The three-self church is the product of the three-self revolution, which was initiated by Wu Yaozong, a social-evangelist and a few non-Christians.

3.4. Division of Opinions: The three-self church supports the unification of the government and the church; they choose to make compromise with the government’s policies on religions and participate in political movements. The house church, however, support the division of the government the church; they obey the government under the biblical principles. When the two conflicts, they choose to “obey God not men” and take up the Cross to follow God, regardless of the cost.

3.5. Different Missions: The three-self churches limit themselves to hold religious activities only at the registered churches. The house churches share the Gospel and nurture church members in diligence; they strive and develop in hardship.

From China Aid

One Response to “Statment: Why We Refuse to Join in the China State-managed “Three-Self” Church”

  1. I couldnt understand some parts of this article, but I guess I just need to check some more resources regarding this, because it sure sounds interesting!

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