Taiwanese Pastor Seized and Released in China

Friday, September 17, 2010

by George Whitten, Worthy News International Correspondent

SHANDONG, CHINA (Worthy News)-- Taiwanese Pastor Lu Daihao was visiting with local pastors when the house church was raided by over 100 Public Security Bureau (PSB) officers and government officials on September 7, 2010, according to ChinaAid.

According to family members and coworkers in Taiwan, Pastor Lu was taken to a hotel and questioned about the audience and content of his message during the training session in Zibo City, Shandong. He was then given a meal and released.

Pastor Lu is a very well-known Christian evangelist in Taiwan. He received two PhDs in Theology and Education while in the United States, and is now studying Philosophy at Beijing University. He converted to Christianity while serving a prison sentence for his crimes as the ringleader of a prominent group of gangsters in his home country. He has now dedicated his life to full-time ministry, especially to those who are currently imprisoned.

The Chinese government has allowed Pastor Lu’s visits into China, including his preaching and evangelism in recent years. He has even received positive press about his life and legacy from some of the government-controlled media outlets.

The house church members in Zibo City are still uncertain about his current location.

The persecution of Christians in China comes amid concerns among Communist Party officials about the spread of Christianity in China, Worthy News established. Some officials recently suggested there are about 130-million Christians in China, 50-million more than previous estimates. Most of them are believed to worship in the 'underground' house churches as they do not want to gather in the Communist approved denominations.