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Posted on 01/09/2020 2:38:15 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
There were no champagne corks popping, no crystal balls dropping in Wang Yi's new year. The pastor of Early Rain Covenant Church was in prison, spending his second January 1st in a dark cell, charged with a crime Americans commit every day: worshipping Jesus.
The actual allegations were much more subtle -- things like "illegal business activities" or "inciting subversion of state power." But in China, government officials need no excuse. Christians, like Uyghurs, Falun Gong, and any other men and women of faith, are fair game. "Where are you taking my husband?" a woman pleads on a cell phone video of the round-up that took 100 Christians, including Yi. "Please tell me!" The pictures of bloody kneecaps, torn clothing, broken toes, and bruises followed.
Yi, like most Chinese Christians, was part of the underground. But, as the world has come to realize, there is no such thing under the watchful eyes of the communist regime. Late last month, after the pastor's official sentencing, his family, Helen Raleigh writes, was strangely relieved. For hundreds of days, they had no idea where he was being held -- or if he'd survived. The news of his nine-year prison term, however grim, "at least... signaled that he was alive."
While his church members continue to be tortured, Yi writes in a picture of defiance, "Regardless of what crime the government charges me with, whatever filth they file at me, as long as this charge is related to my faith, my writings, my comments, and my teachings, it is merely a lie and temptation of demons. I categorically deny it. I will serve my sentence, but I will not serve the law. I will be executed, but I will not plead guilty."
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So they think.......
Yet ,we do business with the ChiComs.
Please give Your saints the strength and courage to remain firm in their faith, despite any physical, emotional or psychological torment they may have to endure for the sake of Jesus Christ. Protect and keep each one from the wickedness that desires to devour them. Protect them O gracious and loving Lord and support and strengthen them in the ordeals that they will be subjected to.
Let Your peace and joy and love reign in their hearts as they identify with the sufferings that the Lord Jesus endured for them. Amen
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