Chinese Pastor Ousted From Position, Loses Preaching Certificate

Chinese Flag pd-compressedWENZHOU, Zhejiang (China Aid)  China’s two Christian, state-run organizations forcibly removed a pastor from his position in the coastal province of Zhejiang on Oct. 29 and prohibited him from preaching or evangelizing.

The pastor, Zhang Chongzhu, was placed under “residential surveillance in a designated location,” otherwise known as a “black jail,” last September. On Feb. 5, he was criminally detained for “stealing, spying, buying, or illegally providing state secrets or intelligence to entities outside China.” He was formally arrested on March 9 for the same crime. On May 9, he was released.

Now, Zhang faces a new challenge; on Oct. 29, the Zhejiang Provincial China Christian Council and the Zhejiang Provincial Three-Self Patriotic Movement, China’s two state-run Christian organizations, expelled him from the clergy and revoked a certificate proving that he was licensed to preach. This triggered outrage among local Christians, one of whom speculated that the government terminated Zhang Chongzhu in order to keep citizens from attending house churches.

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    No one needs communists’ preaching certificate to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Church in China will overcome.

    • Palsgraf’s Scale

      Probably not. The CCP has the monopoly on violence and political power. In any kind of political struggle between the two, the CCP comes out on top.

      If your god really wanted the Chinese christians to be safe, he would give them superpowers to defend themselves.

      Lets wait and see what actually happens.

  • Pottendorf

    But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden