You may have read the news last week that the Communist government in China has cracked down on a church in the city of Chengdu. A couple weeks ago, Chinese authorities arrested pastor Wang Yi, his wife, and over 100 Christians who attend Early Rain Covenant Church. The Communists regard religion as a threat to the regime, and so authorities charged them with “inciting subversion of state power.” Wang Yi and his wife have not been heard from in over a week.
Foreseeing his arrest, Pastor Yi wrote the declaration below to be published by his church should he be detained for more than 48 hours. The declaration “explains the meaning and necessity of faithful disobedience, how it is distinct from political activism or civil disobedience, and how Christians should carry it out.” This English translation was originally published on the China Partnership Blog on December 12, 2018, and is replicated here with permission. Thanks are due to Brent Pinkall and the China Partnership translation team for their work.
We had a portion of this letter read from our pulpit yesterday. I think every Christian would do well do read the entire thing. Pastor Yi is teaching us how to bear faithful witness, and we need to pray for him, his wife, their children, and their entire church as they are suffering persecution. Continue Reading →