Just mere moments before Chinese evangelist Ran Yunfei could begin an online seminar on Christianity and Chinese culture, the Chinese Communist Party's police station forced him to come to a police station for interrogation, The Christian Post reports.
The webinar was forced to play a recorded video as police detained Yunfei until 11PM. "If you understand that being in chains is sharing the Gospel (not only with the people who talk to you, but also the many who watch you), then we should feel joyful for entering the police station multiple times," Yunfei reportedly said in a Whatsapp message.
According to International Christian Concern, Yunfei is a democracy activist in addition to an evangelist. He was summoned on November 4th, 2020, right before he was about to give a live online seminar that was titled "Christianity and Chinese Culture." He was set to teach as part of an online series titled "Gospel During the Pandemic."
Yunfei became a Christian in 2015 and following his conversion he began sharing the gospel publicly.
Yunfei said the Chinese Communist Party kept him from teaching the next day, saying "I am thankful that I have returned. I cannot share tomorrow as well."
This isn't the first time the Chinese Communist Party has given him trouble. Last April, the Chinese Communist Party police dragged him in right before a webinar to hold him. They also banned him from speaking that time as well. Yunfei says this is a normal part of his life, calling it "drinking tea" with the police.
Speaking to The Christian Post, Gina Goh, International Christian Concern’s regional manager for Southeast Asia, stated that "The Chinese government is increasing the crackdown on house churches to threaten and disrupt them, in hopes that it will be too much for them. If police sense the preacher is spreading anti-government thoughts, they revoke his preaching certificate. They have basically no right for Christians who speak up."
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