Here’s an interesting article about what is taking place in China: “The Debate about Shouwang Church.”
I have a proposition, then a question prompted by the article, then brief thoughts on Paul’s response to such situations:
Proposition: The Chinese government is wickedly persecuting Christians and opposing God and his gospel. May God break the teeth of the wicked (Ps 3:7).
Question: Did the Shouwang Church need to force this issue? Maybe so. I really don’t know. From the article linked above, it appears that the church could have continued to worship had they been content to do so in smaller numbers in private venues.
Thoughts on Paul: On the one hand I can imagine Paul saying that the public confrontation will result in more people hearing the gospel (Phil 1:12–21). On the other hand, there were times when he did not take on the confrontation with the overpowering government, fleeing from King Aretas (2 Cor 11:32–33), and though he wanted to take on the crowd in Ephesus the other believers wouldn’t let him (Acts 19:30).
No doubt more information about the situation in China would be helpful.
What do you think? Should the Shouwang Church have forced the issue or stayed underground?