House Church Pastor Sentenced to 2.5 Year Prison Sentence
A court in China’s central Guizhou province today condemned a house church leader to 2 and a half years behind bars. Yang Hua, the common pseudonym of Li Guozhi was condemned to prison for “divulging state secrets," according to ChinaAid.org, an organization working for religious freedom in China.
China Aid president and founder Bob Fu said this in response, “This is nothing but purely barbaric religious persecution."
Fu, an American citizen next urged President Obama and President-Elect Trump to take up the cause of religious freedom in China and do something about the mistreatment of Christians in China,
“We urge President Obama and President-Elect Trump to unequivocally condemn this brutal act.”
Hua has been detained since December of 2015 under falsified charges, according to China Aid. They reported previously beatings and imprisonment for Hua,
While incarcerated, the prosecutors visited Yang, tortured him, and threatened his family in order to extort a confession. As a result, Yang requested that the prosecutors be barred from trying the case. Yang’s lawyers, Chen Jiangang and Zhao Yonglin, sued these prosecutors in response to this mistreatment. Despite these actions, the court permitted the prosecutors to remain on the case and received forged evidence from them that incriminated Yang, who entered the courtroom with two bailiffs holding his arms.
Though persecution continues in China, growth of Christianity continues. Estimates show China will be the nation with the largest Christian population by 2030 at 257 million Christians.
Photo courtesy of China Aid.