Pastor Wang Yi, with more than 100 members of his church, has been arrested in China, mainly because he loves Jesus and is willing to tell anyone that they too can have eternal life in Jesus. He wrote a statement to be released in case he was detained more than 48 hours. Read it, it is humbling and powerful. It’s entitled My Declaration of Faithful Disobedience
He writes in part:
” I must point out that persecution against the Lord’s church and against all Chinese people who believe in Jesus Christ is the most wicked and the most horrendous evil of Chinese society. This is not only a sin against Christians. It is also a sin against all non-Christians. For the government is brutally and ruthlessly threatening them and hindering them from coming to Jesus. There is no greater wickedness in the world than this.”
“If this regime is one day overthrown by God, it will be for no other reason than God’s righteous punishment and revenge for this evil. For on earth, there has only ever been a thousand-year church. There has never been a thousand-year government. There is only eternal faith. There is no eternal power.”
And this, wow!
“Those who lock me up will one day be locked up by angels. Those who interrogate me will finally be questioned and judged by Christ. When I think of this, the Lord fills me with a natural compassion and grief toward those who are attempting to and actively imprisoning me. Pray that the Lord would use me, that he would grant me patience and wisdom, that I might take the gospel to them.
Separate me from my wife and children, ruin my reputation, destroy my life and my family – the authorities are capable of doing all of these things. However, no one in this world can force me to renounce my faith; no one can make me change my life; and no one can raise me from the dead.”
I am humbled by this Chinese pastor. We are praying for this Chinese church at 8 p.m. EST tonight. Will you pray for our detained brother?