A pastor simply identified as Luo, was taken by police to their custody for interrogation during an online meeting he was holding on Zoom tagged “Proclaim Jesus Gospel Gathering,” an online meeting of Christians on evangelism and church planting, according to the Chinese Christian Fellowship of Righteousness.
Luo, who was interrogated for over four hours, left the police speechless after he told them that Christians served the city during Wuhan’s most difficult moments before he was freed.
“I rebuke them, calling them out that they are not minding business that they should be minding,” Luo was quoted as saying. “Christians disregarded their own lives to do good things, yet the police treat them as the bad guys, this is unreasonable.
“I also told them a few times in all seriousness, I will only live for Christ, I will not argue on other matters. However, I will never change [my persistence] about evangelism.”
Christian Post reported that earlier this month, police violently raided a house church in Xiamen city in China’s Fujian province during Sunday worship, injuring several worshipers in the process.
Dozens of security guards and officers from the local Ethnic and Religious Bureau arrived at Xingguang Church, which meets at a residence, calling the gathering “illegal.”
All the churches outside of the government-controlled Three-Self Patriotic Movement are considered illegal by the Chinese Communist Party.
According to Gina Goh, ICC’s regional manager for Southeast Asia, China has clearly resumed its crackdown on Christianity after the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic has reduced.
“In recent weeks, we have seen an increased number of church demolitions and cross removals on state-sanctioned churches across China, as house church gatherings continue to face interruption and harassment. It is deplorable that the local authorities not only conducted this raid without proper procedure but deployed excessive use of force against church members and bystanders,” she said. “ICC calls on the international community and the U.S. government to condemn China’s constant human rights abuses.”