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Yuanyang County Central House Church Pastor Li Juncai
Communist Chinese Authorities Sentence House Church Pastor Li Juncai to Five Years in Prison
Communist Chinese Party authorities sentence house church Pastor Li Juncai to five years in prison plus heavily fine him for refusing demolition of church cross
Reprinted from Christian News Network & China Aid
In 2013, the Yuanyang County Central House Church had relinquished its status as a government-sanctioned church and merged with a local house church. Typically, as 700 to 800 believers attended services, with the church owning several buildings, it became the largest local house church in the area.
On February 20, 2019, the CCP criminally detained Pastor Li under the charge of “obstructing government administration.” Police also arrested three other Christians, Wu Raoyun, Ban Yun, and Ma Yanfang, the same day.
The next day, Yuanyang County religious affairs bureau authorities, police, and urban management officers forcibly removed the cross on top of the church. They also removed signs inside the church, proclaiming, “Love God and people.” Authorities then forced church members to raise China’s national flag in front of the church.
One month after the arrests of Pastor Li and the three other Christians, authorities permitted the three believers arrested with Pastor Li to be released on bail—but continued to detain Pastor Li.
Li Chao, Pastor Li’s son, contends that CCP authorities fabricated all the charges against his father in retaliation for him taking a stance against the CCP’s demolition of the church cross and the government suppressing house churches to tighten its control over religion.
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