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Pastors Call on China's Communist Party to Cease Human Rights Violations --
Seek Help from Global Community
ChinaAid.org, 432-689-6985, 432-553-1080,
JAKARTA, Indonesia, Nov. 21, 2017 /Christian
Newswire/ -- After learning that the Chinese government harassed and
prevented a group of Christians from leaving the country to attend a
Reformation-themed convention in Jakarta, Indonesia, three speakers from the
event penned a letter calling on communist authorities to abandon their "evil
deeds of oppression" and begging those living in other countries to take action.
Photo: From left -- Rev. Bob Fu, Rev. Dr. Eugene Hong, Rev. Paul Wang, and
Rev. Ben Chen
Click here for Jakarta Convention flier and high resolution photo
Pastor Wang Yi, who was supposed to speak at the event, was among the group kept
from departing. Alarmed by his inability to attend, four other speakers from
mainland China, Dr. Eugene Hong, ChinaAid President and Rev. Bob Fu, Rev. Paul
Wang, and Rev. Dr. Ben Chen released a joint letter in English and Chinese
calling for the Communist Party to stop abusing its power, cease its violation
of human rights, and "amend or abandon all evil rules or regulations that
violate the principles of the [Chinese] Constitution and documents of
international human rights...." They also asked those who live in free societies
to express their concern about China's human rights violations, pursue
opportunities to dissuade the Chinese government from practicing atrocities, and
pray for Christians and adherents of other faiths who are targeted by the
The convention, which celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Protestant
Reformation, was held on Nov. 14-20 and focused on the crucial topics of the
Reformation and their implications today. It highlighted the five Solas, which
were put forth by the leaders of the Reformation as driving principles,
divorcing their faith from the Catholic Church. These tenets have continued to
shape the Protestant church, which now takes the Bible as its sole authority
(Sola Scriptura) as it holds Jesus only as the Savior (Sola Christus), and
maintains that sinful human beings are saved through faith in him alone (Sola
Fide) through God's grace alone (Sola Gratia). As such, Protestant Christians
are to live only for God's glory (Soli Deo Gloria).
The letter can be read in full below.
ChinaAid stands in solidarity with Wang and the other Christians prevented from
attending and reports on their story in order to expose the abuses they've
suffered and promote religious freedom, human rights, and rule of law.
Here We Stand: A Call from Jakarta
God is a triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is the Creator and
Redeemer. He is the God of individuals, churches, history, the world and the
whole universe. The Kingdom of God reveals His righteousness, love,
holiness, wisdom and mighty power through the church. He is also the God of
patience and forgiveness, and He waits for sinners to repent. The purpose is
to allow sinners to ask for forgiveness so they do not fall into judgment.
On the evening of November 13th 2017, at the opening ceremony of the
conference held in Jakarta to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the
Reformation, we were shocked to learn that Rev. Wang Yi, pastor of a house
church in mainland China, and other brothers and sisters in Christ were
harassed by government authorities in varying degrees, to the extent that
they were forcefully prevented from leaving the country to participate in
this event. This was a once-in-500 years' event, which saw more than 4,000
participants from 24 nations and regions gathering together to commemorate
the Protestant Reformation.
We, the undersigned pastors who are invited as the speakers from mainland
China along with Pastor Wang Yi, are moved in Christ with the same spirit of
suffering as those who suffer. We were shocked and saddened to have
witnessed such violent acts that oppressed basic human rights of freedom of
religion and faith, and we register here our deepest concern and protest!
Based on the biblical truth and individual conscience, we hereby sincerely
and solemnly call upon the Chinese authorities to confess and repent of
their sins before God, the Creator of heaven and earth; and to return the
power to the people, governing the country by the rule of law, guaranteeing
the basic human rights of all the citizens living in mainland China, Hong
Kong and Macau. All people, including Christians and adherents of other
faith, human rights defenders, even Communist party members, suspects of
corrupt officials and other criminals, were endowed with universal rights by
God, and all should be protected by due process, because every person is
made in the image and likeness of God. Any government has authority to
neither control the Christian church nor restrict any citizen's freedom of
religion, belief, thoughts and speech, and their expressions in the public
The present Constitution of mainland China and the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights, which China government subscribes to, and other international
human rights treaties all clearly guarantee the basic rights of every
citizen in the matter of the freedom of religion and belief. This includes
the freedom to assemble, the freedom to proselytize and also the freedom to
travel aboard to participate in religious activities. At the same time, we
express deep concern over the impending implementation of the Regulations on
Religious Affairs on February 1st, 2018. This is because this document that
came in the format of a legal document from the Chinese State Department
essentially violates and limits the freedom of religion and belief as
accorded by the Constitution.
Based on the holy calling of ministers of the Word of God, we call upon
brothers and sisters in Christ in the mainland Chinese church to do the
- Pray that the LORD grant us strength, love and self
control, that we would stand firm in the grace of our LORD in the face
of all sorts of persecutions; that we will no longer be afraid and will
preach God's Word boldly.
- Pray that the LORD strengthen us, so that whether in
season or out of season, we would persist in holding public worship
services and gatherings as God endows, facing persecutions with a heart
of thanksgiving and joy in the Lord. May we bear our cross and follow
- Pray especially for the churches and the pastors,
that God would grant us with faithful and wise pastors, willing to die
for the flock, and who would courageously lead the churches to be the
salt on the earth, light in the world, the city upon the hill, and the
lamp upon the lampstand by empowering of the Holy Spirit who raised up
Jesus from the dead even the midst of persecutions.
- Let us mourn with those who mourn, and rejoice with
those who rejoice. Pray for those churches, individuals and groups
persecuted for righteousness’ sake earnestly, so that we can speak for
them boldly, walk alongside and support each other.
- Pray that the LORD enable us to become faithful
peacemakers of the kingdom of God, bringing peace between God and men.
Pray that we will strive to be obedient to all authorities that God has
established in the family, the church and the state. Pray that we obey
God rather than men under any circumstance. The name of the LORD is to
- Continue to pray for all those in authority so that
they will confess their sins and repent, and become righteous servants
of God; that they may not find themselves in the fearful judgment under
the wrath of God. In this manner, we will be able to live Godly as
followers of Christ in peace as we proclaim the Gospel.
Based on the due respect and love for public office
ordained by God, we are lodging our strong protest to the mainland Chinese
government, and call upon the authorities to:
- Stop the evil deeds of oppression and violation of
the fundamental rights of every Christian church and Chinese citizen.
- Amend or abandon all evil rules or regulations that
violate the principles of the Constitution and documents of
international human rights, especially the Regulations on Religious
- Not to abuse the powers of the state, and use excuses
like "sinicization" or needing to implement "Chinese characteristics" to
intervene and control internal religious affairs, interfering with the
faith matters of individual citizens.
We call upon all the lovers of freedom and peace,
churches, nations and international organizations of the world to:
- To show concern and condemn the evil deeds of the
mainland Chinese government, which violate basic human rights.
- To take all opportunities and influences to urge the
Chinese government to amend or abandon such evil laws.
- To pray earnestly for the persecuted Chinese churches
and all faiths, and also pray for the Chinese government engaging in
persecutions. May this government truly become pleasing to God with
constitutional democracy and the rule of law. May it become a blessing
to its own people and to all tribes and nations of the world.
Proverbs 14: 34: "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin
is a reproach to any people."
May God have mercy on China and bless China, and make His face shine upon
China, so that the world may know the way of the LORD, and all nations may
know God's saving grace in Christ. Oh God, may the nations praise you, and
may all people praise your holy name!
Date: November 17th, 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia
Signed by Rev. Dr. Eugene Hong, Rev. Bob Fu, Rev. Paul Wang, Rev. Dr. Ben