In the evening, authorities released Brother Niu on bail because the detention centre was full.
Sources: China Aid, The Voice of the Martyrs USA
Detention officials collected his fingerprints and interrogated him about Wenshui House Church and his fellow believers. Brother Niu refused to give any answers.
Many Christians attend house churches instead of the government-sanctioned church Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM), which, as the only legal church, is controlled by the communist government. Despite continuous pressure and oppression from the communist government, house church leaders refuse to compromise the Gospel by joining government-controlled churches.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) labels these house churches as ‘secret societies’ or ‘cults’ to arrest Christians. Dr David A Palmer, professor of the Department of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong, wrote that the term ‘cult’ is one of the means the Chinese government uses to control Christianity and to weaken churches.
Recently, CCP officials have persecuted house churches in Shanxi Province. Five Christians were detained in the last five months on fabricated charges.
The families of these Christians confirmed the CCP repeatedly asked them to join the Three-Self Church before anyone was arrested.
Let us pray.
- Thank the Lord for His strength and protection of Niu. Ask the Lord to give him and his family courage.
- Pray that church members will continue to love and serve the Lord and will remain faithful to Christ no matter the circumstances.
- Praise God that the church in China continues to grow and that no plans of men can stop the work of the Holy Spirit.