Governments opposed to the Gospel

Scripture references

Acts 12:1–5 (ASV 1901)

Now about that time Herod the king put forth his hands to afflict certain of the church. 2And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3And when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. And those were the days of unleavened bread. 4And when he had taken him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to guard him; intending after the Passover to bring him forth to the people. 5Peter therefore was kept in the prison: but prayer was made earnestly of the church unto God for him.

Acts 14:4–5 (ASV 1901)

4But the multitude of the city was divided; and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles. 5And when there was made an onset both of the Gentiles and of the Jews with their rulers, to treat them shamefully and to stone them,


The fierce persecution of believers in Uganda started when Mwanga became King; brutally, some were murdered, while others were forced to flee. But like wheat falling to the ground and sprouting again, "the blood of these martyrs became the seed of the Church".
In 1900, the Shanshi province, led by the ruthless Governor Yu Hsien, opposed the gospel, in a feat that remains infamously unmatched. Dozens of native christians, children and missionaries were massacred for their faith.
In an apparent quest to exterminate Christianity, the North Korean government, led by Kim II Sung descended heavily on the Church in that country. Massive arrests of Christian leaders were made, gulags were created and raids were carried out on any place affiliated to Christianity.
Feeling threatened by the growth of Christianity in his domain, the Prince of Chiengmai falsely accused the missionaries labouring among his people. He doubled down on this by ordering their arrest, torturing and eventually murdering the two he captured.
Christians in Zhang's village took turns to read his Bible and guarded it with their all. When Zhang got arrested, a search party was sent to his home by the local government to find his Bible. Fellow believers in his village also got detained.
After the Iranian revolution of 1979, the Islamic government, led by the Ayatollah committed without delay, to persecuting Christians and opposing the Gospel, both through rhetoric and actual deeds.
After the 1949 Revolution, Christians in China suffered extreme persecution; thousands were killed, with many more left to rot in prison, foreign missionaries were sent away and churches destroyed. But all this was not enough to obliterate God's people - His beloved church emerged out of this, even stronger.
The communist regimes in Eastern Europe oppose the gospel and as a matter of priority, "any ministry among children". But at a great risk, believers are defying the odds, and smuggling Christian literatures across borders, just so God's work continues unhindered.
The Bible in Eastern Europe was a serious contraband equated to guns and drugs; its availability and use was vehemently opposed by the nation States. But God's people at Operation Mobilization were undeterred in their quest to resist this opposition to the Gospel.
In a disguised attempt at perpetuating its opposition to the spread of the Gospel, the Chinese government created the Three-Self Patriotic Movement; promising freedom to worship but empowering itself to completely determine what worship to God should be.
The central government in Beijing was threatened by the power that could result from unity among God's people in China, so in 1997, Yun and other house church leaders walked into a trap of the government. They were all arrested, mercilessly beaten and subsequently prosecuted.
While in prison, Kostyantyn, a Ukrainian Christian incarcerated for his faith, witnessed the great suffering and eventual death many Church leaders in his country suffered for refusing to deny Jesus. Their courage even while suffering, gave him strength to gallantly carry his own cross.
Uganda's government, led by a treacherous King opposed the Gospel and ordered that Christians be viciously put to death. But these young believers, accepted martyrdom with prayer and praise!
When the Chinese government learnt that Fangcheng was the center of a nationwide gospel movement in 1983, it ordered the arrest of all Christians there, and sentenced over a dozen to death. But this action only made God's people more fearless and resolute.
The Romanian church was hard-pressed on every side; from kidnap, to imprisonment, to heartbreaking lies by State officials to their loved ones and unspeakable tortures. From the clergy to the laity, and even children; no one was spared from persecution by the government.
The government of Sudan is openly suppressing Christians and any attempt at promoting christianity is met with unyielding opposition. Bibles are getting confiscated and christians are pressured to convert to Islam or leave.