A Chinese Christian man was sentenced to 10 days in jail this week for the act of “illegal evangelism” as the Communist Party escalates its crackdown on street evangelism.
Chen Wensheng, who is part of the Xiaoqun Church in Hengyang, located in China’s Hunan province, was sentenced on Aug. 3 after authorities detained him because of his evangelistic activity, persecution watchdog China Aid reports.
A street evangelist, Chen often carries a wooden cross inscribed with the words “Glory to our Savior” and “Repent and Be Saved by Faith” as he shares the Gospel with passersby.
Because of his evangelistic efforts, Chen is frequently arrested and detained at the police station, where he’s repeatedly urged officers to believe in Jesus. During his latest detention, his cross was confiscated by officers.
Video footage shared by China Aid shows Chen’s street evangelism booth, while another shows him sharing his faith with officers as he leaves the station following a separate arrest.
When officers asked him whether believing in Jesus can bring money, he responded that believing in Jesus is not for money, but to gain eternal life.
In China, evangelism is banned outside of registered religious sites. International Christian Concern reports that with the crackdown against house churches in China, street evangelism has become increasingly difficult. Those who evangelize face harassment or detention, while others see their churches further restricted by authorities.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett