According to reports, Chinese Pastor Gu “Joseph” Yuese of Hangzhou’s Chongyi Church has been taken into custody for publically opposing China’s cross removal movement.
According to details, ten days after officials in China’s coastal Zhejiang province released a notice detailing the forced removal of a pastor from his position at China’s largest government-sanctioned church, the pastor was taken into custody on January 28 and placed under “residential surveillance in a designated location.” Additionally, family members believe that the pastor’s wife, whom they have been unable to contact, was also taken into police custody.
Before the arrest the Pastor was removed from his position leading the church by a document released by Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TPSM) and China Christian Council (CCC) for publically opposing the forced removal of thousands of crosses from churches in China since 2014.
The family learnt of the arrest when they were unable to contact the pastor. They received a statement saying the pastor had been taken into custody and moved to house arrest at a designated place, the situation commonly known as “black jail”.
Additionally, it has been known that six more crosses have been demolished in the past week.
China began forcefully demolishing crosses from churches since 2014. Crucifixes being a prominent Christian sign, serve as an integral part of every church building across the world but due to China’s policies, religious freedom is in danger and Christians feel unsafe, insecure and deprived of their rights.