China: Pastor of state-run church released

Monday, May 23, 2016

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) - The pastor of a state-run church in China's Zhejiang province was recently released after eight months in detention.

Authorities arrested Zhang Chongzhu -- the pastor of a Three-Self Patriotic Movement Church in Pyongyang -- on Sept. 8 for resisting the Communist-backed cross demolition campaign. He was later charged him with "stealing, spying, buying or illegally providing state secrets or intelligence to entities outside China."

Coincidently, Zhang Kai -- a human rights lawyer who defended churches against the government's anti-cross campaign in court -- was also charged with the same crimes. Both men had been scheduled to meet with the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom, causing some to find a correlation between the meeting and their arrests.

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  1. They are doing this to defend crosses? They are dying for crosses? That's like dying to defend people putting the symbol of electric chairs on top of buildings. Why? Why be tortured for this? Perhaps there is just a bit too much honor given in the Chinese Christian culture for suffering for christian things. I remind one and all, it is for the gospel and for Christ/Messiah (however you spell it in Chinese) which is worth suffering and dying for. I do not understand why anyone would take such a stand against their own government for crosses on buildings. Mark your places of worship with red chalk or some other way, it works too. Use your heads, the loss of strong Christians for no good reason weakens the body of believers, that's Satan's goals, not God's. Use your heads! Or are these "churches" places dedicated to the Queen of Heaven instead? Then let them destroy them, that's what Josiah would do.

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