Cult: A Calamity for the Nation of China 中文
On April 16, 2002, there occurred a horrible terrorist
event in China. This event was deliberately planned by the top leaders of the
Eastern Lightning (EL) cult, and was entirely without precedent in the history
of the Chinese Church.
Thirty-four top leaders of one large
Chinese house church movement - China Gospel Fellowship - were trapped and kidnapped
by members of the EL who had posed as teachers from the Haggai Institute from
Singapore offering leadership training. The length of custody imposed on the leaders
varied from one week to one month. At present (first week of June), there are
still 5 leaders held. We don't know where they are, whether they are dead or alive,
or how much longer we will have to wait before they are all released. During this
time, their families have being anxiously waiting for their beloved, feeling hurt,
weeping, not being able to eat or sleep, being greatly damaged emotionally and
financially. Some of their children are not even 10 years old, while some are
in middle school, high school or college. When they heard about the tragedy that
came to their parents, the children became greatly distressed, and their school
performance dropped dramatically. The families' hearts are suffering great pain
and torment, grasping every sign of hope they can get and longing for miracles
to happen! They greatly desire to see the police clamp down on the EL cult and
rescue their beloved family members; this action taken by the EL is extremely
rare in the history of the Chinese church.
The EL teaches their
"believers" to abandon their families (and form a new one among EL followers)
and jobs, and to trap people into their cult fanatically, by fair means or foul.
Their practices are contemptible and sinister, knowing no moral restraint. They
maintain control over their followers by means of drugs and eroticism. They demand
absolute submission, and treat those who oppose them with kidnap, beating, physical
disabling and murder. While violent acts done by the EL in mainland China are
countless, this time their treatment of the CGF leaders was more civilized, with
little physical violence being committed. However, they used many other despicable
and base practices.
The EL cult has its origin in the Shouters,
a Chinese movement formerly led by Witness Lee. Not only are their teachings against
authentic Christianity, but their practices are also a substantial threat to people's
lives, property and safety as well as the stability of the state. The strictness
of their hierarchy and the maliciousness of their practices demonstrate that they
are worse than a cult. Besides this, they have also joined with overseas gangsters
to achieve their political ambition of uniting China and the world. With solid
financial backing in place, they have started their plot to overthrow the government.
They justify all means to develop their cult and strength their force. It is truly
a terrifying sight! The fact is, the more EL followers there are, the less peace
will China enjoy. The Chinese government should take strong measures against the
EL. Restraining the EL is an extreme urgency now, and we cannot afford any more
delay. The least neglect can result in endless future damage.
have collected some true stories here to help the government see the true nature
of the EL. We hope the state will pay more attention to this in response to our
appeal, and take stronger action against the EL, to root them out and restore
peace to our country.
Involving Eastern Lightning
A series of criminal
cases conducted by the Eastern Lightning cult have now been cleared up. Two "defenders"
of the cult, Liu Shun Ting and Liu Fa Ting, who had committed many severe crimes
and caused grievous bodily harm to 9 people, were arrested the People's
Procuratorate of Tang He County in He Nan province was the office that granted
the official permission to arrest them.
The Eastern Lightning
cult has been growing secretly in Tang He and She Qi. The cult identifies itself
with Christianity, but its practices are in clear contravention to Christian doctrines
and canons. They attack the government and the religion policy of the state. The
cult is strictly organized, using only one-way contact as the means to expand
their membership, and they use only aliases in any written material. They have
composed a so-called "constitution," published promotional material
called "God's Voice to the Whole Universe," and set up offices as "district
leader," "sub-district leader" and "church leader," while
Liu Shun Ting and Liu Fa Ting are two on the defender's team. Their assignments
are terrorist activities, putting all those who oppose or resist the cult on a
"black list" and retaliating against them one by one. Within a two month
period from October to November 1998, they used the offer of prayer for healing
to snare their victims. As soon as they succeeded in getting the victims out of
their villages, they would harm them grievously. This included disfigurement,
breaking legs, cutting off ears and other cruelty with instruments such as daggers,
iron bars and lime. They have committed 8 crimes, stolen 300 Yuan and one bicycle,
and grievously harmed 9 people, among whom 6 had their legs broken and one had
the right ear cut off. All of these have created terrible damage among the local
Quoted from He Nan
Country News, November 1998
This event happened in
March 2002 in Bai Shi Du, Yi Zhang county, He Nan province. There was an old lady
who loves the Lord very much. She was nearly 80, and had a daughter named Zhang
SongYun who joined the EL. She tried to persuade her mother to join too, but the
mother discovered it was a trap and refused. Zhang tried to gouge out her mother's
eye with her fingers. Although the mother didn't become completely blind, she
is still having a hard time recovering her sight. When Zhang learnt that her mother
didn't become blind, she sent her son to grandma's home and had him break her
arms. The old lady was still receiving emergency treatment in the hospital by
the time this report was written. Her church sent people to investigate the event,
but people around her refused to disclose anything, but fearfully encouraged them
to leave so as not to invite death for themselves. Because the investigators came
from over 50 miles away and were very persistent, some people felt sorry to see
them come in vain, so quietly told the investigators that this had all been caused
by her daughters joining the EL. What a wretched tragedy!
This happened in 2001 in the north suburb of Xi'an,
a place called Long Shou Cun. Preacher Dong Xiu Lan was about 40. She was deceived
by the EL and was taken to LanZhou to study for one month. The EL not only tried
to control their victims with drugs, but resorted to violence, abuse and threatenings
to those who refused to accept their teaching. Those who were not submissive were
put in sacks and thrown into the river. Sister Dong suffered all kinds of insult
and abuse. After a long period of waiting and not seeing her back, her husband
took an EL member hostage and thus forced the EL to set her free. Only then was
sister Dong released from those evil hands.
This happened in May 2002 in He Jin city, Shan Xi
province. After the 36 year old church leader Xue Ming Xue was deceived by the
EL, he immediately came home and took his wife and other 6 leaders to XI'an for
an EL training. One of the leaders had asked for three days leave from his job
but didn't show up again for over 20 days. Later he was fired by his factory.
Zhou Dian Yu was a widow in her 40's, living in the
east suburb of Xi'an, Shan Xi province. She and her daughter were very zealous
for the Lord, and thirsted after Him with very simple hearts. They both went to
a training together and found out it was by EL people. They accepted the teaching
anyway and were sent back. Their church talked with them and helped them to regain
the truth, so they were willing to leave the EL. Zhou went to return the EL books,
and didn't come back that night. The next morning she was found dead in a house,
suffocated by coal gas. The police couldn't find out any evidence and gave up.
In this way, a life was tragically ended by the EL.
In the spring of 2001, an unmarried young lady about
20 was murdered in the center of Nan Chang city, Jiang Xi province, and another
girl about the same age disappeared and has not yet been found. These two pretty
girls had been members in Watchman Nee's Little Flock church (the "head covering"
group). They were snared by some EL members who had been spying in their church
and invited them to a one-month training. The murdered girl had refused to join
the EL because she didn't want to lose her chastity. She fled home and was murdered
Peng was a 30 year old preacher who lived in Da Fang Ying village, She Qi county.
He rejected the EL teaching in October 1998, and also encouraged other believers
to defend the truth and resist false teaching. The EL hated him intensely, and
one evening they lured him out of his village. The evil doers cut his face with
knives, his blood pouring out, staining his clothes in red. They quickly stunned
him with steel pipes, and cut off his right ears. Fortunately he was discovered
in time and was sent to the hospital. His life was spared, but the disfigurement
not only caused great pain and suffering to him, but also caused his family great
loss and grievous emotional pain. Such a handsome young man suffered such cruel
torture for the sake of the Lord. We can't help our tears, but our hearts are
filled with indignation!