China: 'Pastor summoned for questioning during church intrusion'

Uniformed officials raided Bible Reformed Church on
Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, and can be seen here filming
people gathered there. (Photo: ChinaAid)

Posted at ChinaAid:

(Guangzhou, Guangdong—Aug. 20, 2018) A repeatedly persecuted house church in China’s southern Guangdong province was holding a service yesterday morning when more than 10 law enforcement officers broke into it without permission and ordered the pastor, Huang Xiaoning, to stop preaching.

In reply, Huang asked that they show respect rather than cut off his preaching.

“You don’t know the severe transgression you have committed by interrupting the sacred worship,” he said. “I will cooperate with you after my sermon.”

A few minutes later, a person from the fire department interrupted him and said Huang was summoned to the fire department for interrogation because of the building’s fire prevention problems, an excuse often levied against churches to keep them from meeting. After a conversation, Huang agreed to being interrogated and said he would go that afternoon, after he finished preaching. The official wrote down Huang’s ID and phone numbers, saying that he should expect a call before the meeting.