China Gives Underground Pastor 9 Years in Prison

Yesterday, a Chinese court sentenced Pastor Wang Yi to nine years in prison. The Chinese court in the western province of Chengdu ruled that his Christian beliefs were dangerous for the nation and charged him with inciting subversion of state power and illegally operating a business.

Pastor Wang does not own a business, but because he is a pastor of a church that is not registered with the government, the government has labeled his church an illegal business.

Wang was among dozens of churchgoers and leaders of the Early Rain Covenant church detained by police around Christmas 2018.

Early Rain Covenant Church is one of China’s more open unregistered Protestant “house” churches. Chinese law requires that places of worship register and submit to Communist oversight which entails accepting tenets that go against the Christian faith. Some churches decline to register or have their registration rejected by the government. These churches are illegal in China and are often called underground house churches or simply ‘house church.’

China’s constitution guarantees religious freedom but the written law in China has no power. The interpretation of the law is completely different in practice.

In China, they’re closing churches, jailing pastors – and even rewriting the Bible to reflect a more socialist-friendly Gospel.

For the past year, the government has cracked down on underground churches and has focused more energy on persecuting Christians.

On January 1st, BTJ will publish an article outlining the ten most dangerous countries to be a Christian in the year 2020.

Eugene

Dr. Eugene Bach is a known trouble-maker with an active imagination and sinful past. He has a PhD, but is not a real doctor, so please do not call for him during a medical emergency on an airplane when someone is having a heart attack. Eugene started working for Back to Jerusalem in the year 2000 after a backroom deal involving Chinese spies, the NRA, Swiss bankers, and a small group of Apostolic Christians that only baptize in Jesus’ name. He spends most of his time in closed countries attempting to topple governments by proclaiming the name of Jesus and not taking showers. From time-to-time he pretends to be a writer. He is not good at it, but everyone around him tries to humor him.

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    Amara

    May the Lord grant inner strength to our fellow brothers who are facing persecutions

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    Jonson

    Emmanuel brother

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    Sunil Kumar Bhambri

    May the Lord Almighty bless the mission and raise up faithful labourers to impact the world with the Love Of God.

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    osino

    May God grant the true churches lead by holy spirit in China strength. I’m praying for you

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