An interview with J. Gordon Melton, one of the world’s leading scholars of contemporary religion, who explains the differences between the different groups in the tradition of Chinese Protestant preacher Witness Lee.
Local Church in China
The leader of a Chinese religious movement was detained and later imprisoned.
Since the end of March, the Chinese authorities have forbidden the sales of the Bible online and restricted the distribution of religious literature, closing down numerous sellers. Individuals who ordered religious texts have also been apprehended and monitored.
A Local Church preacher and five other Christians were arrested; the preacher has been kept in custody for over eight months.
Law enforcement officers apprehended an Evangelical preacher during her father-in-law’s funeral.
On the run for over ten years, preacher Shi Yuliang from Zhejiang Province is unable to come home, and his family is constantly harassed by the police.
Wang Zhaogang (pseudonym, 53) was a co-worker in the Local Church and owned his own factory in the Lanshan District of Shandong Province’s Linyi city. In June 2014, the police closed down his factory under a pretext of conducting a tax inspection. While searching the factory, they found nearly 4,000 spiritual books that Wang Zhaogang was […]
Source: Direct Reports from China Date: June 23, 2018 Twenty-five members of the Shouters church in Xinjiang’s Kuitun city were arrested on March 14, 2017, when six officers from the local Public Security Bureau and police station broke down the door and charged into their gathering place. The arrested, four church leaders among them, were […]
Source: Direct Reports from China Date: June 22, 2018 Hao Qingguo is the leader of all the congregations of the Shouters, an Evangelical Christian group known in the West as the Local Church, in Jilin Province. In February 2018, the 59-year-old priest was arrested when he got off the train in the province’s city of […]
Source: Direct Reports from China Date: May 2, 2018 Bitter Winter has learned that on March 16, 2018, a leader of the Local Church whose pseudonym is Yang Zhi, 68 (we do not publish his real name following a request by his friends and family), has been arrested in the city of Suzhou in Anhui […]