Expelled from China | WORLD News Group

Last fall, missionary John Miller sat in the back row of an unregistered church in Sichuan province, worshipping as he had every Sunday morning for the past year and a half. Then eight police officers walked in. As the only foreigner in the room, Miller tried to sneak out of the building, but police noticed him and ran down the aisle to stop him. They asked for his passport and took down his information before allowing him to return to worship.Two days later, Miller heard the police knocking on his door but didn’t answer. Miller had no idea how police had found him—he was staying in an apartment rented by local church member John Wu (for security reasons, I’ve given pseudonyms to Wu and the missionaries in this story), and Miller had not registered the address. He moved to another apartment owned by church members. One week later, police contacted Wu and insisted he bring Miller to the station the next morning to register his address.Miller and Wu complied, arriving at the police station at 10:30 a.m. For the next nine hours, local police as well as officers of the Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs interrogated Miller about what he was doing in China and why he attended the unregistered church. He refused to implicate the Chinese believers, but spoke openly about his faith. “I respect and obey the laws of China because God has given this authority to you,” Miller recalls telling the officer. “But if your laws contradict God’s laws, I must obey God’s laws.”

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