Eastern Lightning is a religion founded in China in 1989, and led by Mr Zhao (Xu) Weishan, a former a physics teacher and member of the unbiblical Shouters sect. Followers believe that the Messiah has returned and lives in the body of Weishan’s wife, Yang Xiangbin, a.k.a Lightning Deng, also a former member of the Shouters. The Chinese government has classified Eastern Lightning as a dangerous and “evil cult”.
The name “Eastern Lightning” sounds a bit like the name of a race horse, which is perhaps why adherents, when speaking with outsiders, more frequently use the alias:
- Church of the Almighty God or
- Church of the Gospel’s Kingdom
They have traditionally targeted house churches in China, word amongst whom has spread, putting them on guard. Consequently further aliases have sprung up more recently, and include.. more