I suspect, though I obviously cannot speak from experience, that the registered church in China is failing to preach the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. If they were not, then it would make far more sense for these persecuted Christians to simply attend one of the government churches. Yet they insist on continuing to meet on their own, at the risk of arrest and who knows what else. A recent AFP report states:
Chinese Christians held at Easter service: church(AFP) – 1 day ago
BEIJING — Up to 30 members of a Chinese evangelical church were arrested on Sunday for trying to hold an Easter service in defiance of the officially atheist government, a member of the clergy said.
A large number of police began to gather early Sunday in the Zhongguancun area of Beijing where the Shouwang Church had said it would hold an outdoor service to mark the holiest day of the Christian calendar.
"Between 20 and 30 followers were taken away by police," senior pastor Jin Tianming told AFP by telephone from his home, where he is under house arrest. He said there were several police officers posted outside the building.
He added that the members of the congregation who were arrested had been taken to different police stations and that none had so far been released.
Jin had said before the planned gathering that the church considered Easter an important occasion and would stick to its decision to hold a service.
"This is our uncompromising position and a matter of faith. If they arrest our followers, this is the price we are willing to pay," he had said. (emphasis mine)
Continue reading here.I wonder how many "evangelicals" in America would take such a courageous and bold stance if faced with the same persecution? I fear that most would instead opt for whatever compromise was necessary, and would do so in the name of "Christian unity" and with a desire to be "unoffensive."
For myself, I pray that God would help me to be as faithful and trusting as my persecuted brethren in China. But until that time arrives for us here in America, let us pray diligently for these men and women who so faithfully lean on the strength of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.