A letter written by a Chinese pastor who was detained alongside 100 other members of his congregation has been released, speaking of “disgust” at the Communist Party.
Wang Yi, pastor of Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, Sichuan, apparently wrote the letter in the event that he would be taken by Chinese Communist authorities, which happened during a raid on Sunday.
In the letter, published and translated on social media on Wednesday by Brent Pinkall and Amy Cheung, Wang says that he is “filled with anger and disgust at the persecution of the church by this Communist regime, at the wickedness of their depriving people of the freedoms of religion and of conscience.
“But changing social and political institutions is not the mission I have been called to, and it is not the goal for which God has given his people the Gospel,” he said, explaining that his role is to lead people to Jesus Christ.
He said that following the Bible, he accepts and respects “the fact that this Communist regime has been allowed by God to rule temporarily.
“As the Lord’s servant John Calvin said, wicked rulers are the judgment of God on a wicked people, the goal being to urge God’s people to repent and turn again toward Him. For this reason, I am joyfully willing to submit myself to their enforcement of the law as though submitting to the discipline and training of the Lord,” he continued.
“At the same time, I believe that this Communist regime’s persecution against the church is a greatly wicked, unlawful action. As a pastor of a Christian church, I must denounce this wickedness openly and severely,” the pastor wrote.
“The calling that I have received requires me to use non-violent methods to disobey those human laws that disobey the Bible and God. My Savior Christ also requires me to joyfully bear all costs for disobeying wicked laws.”
As South China Morning Post reported, the church leader is under criminal detention for allegedly inciting subversion of state power.
Chen Yaxue, Wang’s 73-year-old mother, noted that it is not known where Wang’s wife, Jiang Rong, was taken.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov