Early Rain Covenant Church’s pastor Wang Yi is facing new charges from China’s Communist government. In addition to “inciting subversion,” Wang has been accused of “illegal business activity.”
Local authorities arrested over 100 members of the prominent Early Rain Covenant Church in early December. The church is one of many that refuse to register with the Religious Affairs Bureau and submit to Communist censorship.
Pastor Wang’s wife, Jiang Rong, was released on bail last month and reunited with their son after 6 months in prison. Along with Pastor Wang, several other church members remain detained. Some have fled China to seek asylum for religious persecution.
This massive crackdown on a prominent church instantly made headlines and served as an ominous example of the increasing pressure Chinese Christians face.
John Pudaite, President and CEO of Bibles For The World, says, “I think the situation in China just needs to be bathed in a lot of prayer. We do see a tightening of things. A lot of the ministries we’ve been to talking with are working with the registered Church, and so they don’t face as much of the oppression or difficulties [and] persecution that we’re seeing that is coming down on the unregistered Church.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh