Since 2009, the Golden Lampstand Church, a megachurch in China’s Shanxi province, has faced persecution from the Chinese Communist Party. According to Bitter Winter Magazine, it belongs to a network of house churches with more than 50,000 members called Sola Fide, a Latin phrase for “by faith only.” They refuse to affiliate with the Chinese Communist Party-vetted Protestant church denomination.
In 2009, pastors and other members of the Golden Lampstand Church were arrested and received prison sentences. Pastor Wang Xiaoguang spent three years in jail and his wife spent seven years behind bars. And in 2018, the Communists literally blew up its $2.6 million church building with dynamite. The Reds were eyeing the property’s commercial value. Since then, the congregation has continued to meet outdoors or in private homes.
This past Saturday, August 7, nine leaders from the church, including Pastor Wang Xiaoguang and his wife, were arrested.
Matthew 5:10 says, “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.”
An angry parent of children who attend Loudoun County, Virginia government schools addressed the school board this past Tuesday night and slammed the “garbage ideology” that teachers push on the students. The man, identified as Dimis Christophe, is an Iranian Christian immigrant and spoke about oppression he and his ancestors have faced, reports RealClearPolitics.com.
CHRISTOPHE: “Dear disgraced board members, you think you’re ‘woke.’ Well, I’m going to wake you a little bit more. I’m a Chaldean married to an Armenian. We are minorities of the minorities in this country. Our ancestors and people survived massacres of the church and the ISIS. I grew up in Iran as a Christian. And when we went to school, as much as the government wanted to indoctrinate us, the teachers didn’t allow it. The teachers did their job, teach us science, math, biology, etc. They didn’t try to shove propaganda down our throats like the Ayatollahs did.”
Christophe, the Iranian Christian immigrant, objected to the misguided ideology of the U.S. government school teachers of his children.
CHRISTOPHE: “Now, in the 21st century, we have social justice warrior so-called teachers are trying to shove their garbage ideology down our kids throats. These are our children, not yours. Their job is not to raise my child or my neighbor’s child. Their job is to teach our kids math, science, biology, literature, and that’s it. Not ideology!”
Christophe was especially upset that teachers and students alike are being mandated to address boys, pretending to be girls, as girls, and girls, pretending to be boys, as boys.
CHRISTOPHE: “Now you want to push pronouns? How does that help them? Does that teach them how to add? You want to push that garbage down my kids’ throats? I will make you call my kids ‘king’ and ‘queen.’ Don’t waste our money.”
The meeting was dominated by the topic of Policy 8040, the so-called “Rights of Transgender and Gender-Expansive Students.” Sadly, despite the negative feedback, the Loudoun County, Virginia School Board voted to pass it.
Jack Shields, one commentator, said, “That’s a pretty scary thought, that our schools are more likely to brainwash kids than the schools of Iran. It’s time to abolish the federal Dept. of Education. Nothing in education has improved since this bloated bureaucracy was created. Over 95% of political contributions by the employees of this agency go to Democrats.”