Chinese authorities have detained four Christians for distributing Christian content at a university. In this regard, China Aid revealed that dour members of house church went to a local university and started handing out the flyers.
China Aid reports that Pastor Wang Yi from the Autumn Rain Blessing Church has confirmed that four members of his church were arrested by the police. He said that all of them attended a Bible study class at the church after that went to the university where they were caught. The incident unfolded in the last week of April.
The university’s security department caught them and called the police. Police arrived at the scene and reported them to the Chenghua branch of the public security bureau in China’s Sichuan province. The police also examined the flyers, later all four of them were taken into custody.
While the four of them were detained, the rest of the church members stood outside the police department and kept praying for their release. At around 3:30 in the next morning the four of them were released. This was fourth time, members of same church have been detained over the charges of evangelism.
According to the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCRIF), “In 2017, the Chinese government escalated its efforts to prevent Protestant churches from operating outside the state-sanctioned Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM). As a result, unregistered churches were pressured to register with the state, labeled as “evil cults,” and faced ongoing destruction of purportedly “illegal” church properties.
Churches experienced increased restrictions and surveillance, including a campaign to install security cameras on church premises, primarily in Zhejiang Province. Local authorities also used physical violence against parishioners trying to save their churches, such as in June 2017 at Shuangmiao Christian Church in Henan Province where authorities beat and detained parishioners.”