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Chinese police raid house church and arrest 17 people (Second Coming Watch Update #136)

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Chinese police raid house church and arrest 17 people. According to ChinaAid, a baptism service at a Han Chinese house church in China's western region of Xin-jiang was raided by local officials and police who detained 17 Christians. More than 20 Christians, including the house church leader and those who were to be baptized, had just started gathering at the meeting site when two police officers burst into the meeting. Shortly thereafter, officials in charge of religion and domestic security protection took 17 believers into custody and held them until 7 p.m. 

Churches in Great Britain could face legal ramifications for opposition to homosexual marriage. According to The Christian Institute, a Government Justice Minister has admitted that churches that don't wish to conduct same-sex marriages could face legal problems. Crispin Blunt said it would be hard to guarantee that clergy would not face court challenges if they refused to preside over same-sex unions.

Russia is sending missile defence system to Syria. According to The Guardian, a Russian arms dealer has said his company is shipping missile defence systems to Syria that could be used to combat international intervention in the country. An-a-to-ly Is-ay-kin, the general director of Roso-boron-export, said the advanced defensive missile systems could be used to shoot down planes or sink ships. He told the New York Times, "I would like to say these mechanisms are really a good means of defence, a reliable defence against attacks from the air or sea. This is not a threat, but whoever is planning an attack should think about this."