Editor’s note: On December 9th, 2018, authorities arrested more than 100 members and leaders of Early Rain Covenant Church（秋雨圣约教会）, including their pastor, Wang Yi, who along with his wife have been charged with “inciting to subvert state power.” Authorities have officially banned and sealed off the church. Early Rain Covenant Church is an “unregistered” church in Chengdu, with more than 500 members. “Unregistered” or “house” churches refer to churches that refuse to join the state-controlled “Three-Self Patriotic Church,” the only technically “legal” Christian church in China but which many believe is corrupt through theological compromise and sympathies to the Communist Party’s agenda. The majority of Christians in China go to “unregistered” churches. Thanks to Brent Pinkall for helping with this post.
As I write this on Saturday evening, which is Sunday morning in China, police are keeping guard outside the homes of many church members and forbidding them from leaving to go to church. Police are also guardng the office building where the church is located and forbidding members from entering. Some of my students are still in custody. And I just learned that one church planter in my class last week is trying to have Sunday morning worship in his home but the police are standing guard outside his door to stop any of his church plant members from attending. Please pray and share this with others who will also pray.
Foreseeing this circumstance, Pastor Wang Yi wrote My Declaration of Faithful Disobedience to be published by his church should he be detained for more than 48 hours. He wrote his first draft on September 21, 2018 and revised it on October 4, 2018. In it he explains the meaning and necessity of faithful disobedience, how it is distinct from political activism or civil disobedience, and how Christians should carry it out.
To read the Japanese translation: Click Here
To read the Italian translation: Click Here
To read the French translation: Click Here
To read the English translation: Click Here
Spanish and Korean translations coming soon.