He’s not alone in China. Christians there not only believe biblical accounts—like the one of Paul and Silas’ miraculous release from prison—to be true, they believe the stories are relevant for today. So, believers like Pastor Timothy apply the principles of Acts when they are persecuted.
“I was called to the police station for a ‘chat,’” he says. “But they locked me up and threatened me and interrogated me. When they locked me up, I just knelt in the cell and prayed. They told me I was not allowed to pray, so I told them I was a church leader and a Christian for many years, so all I could do is pray.
“During all their questioning and threats, I was never afraid. God gave me inner peace and confidence in Him. In the end they were intimidated by my confidence and joy and let me go.”
This was not Pastor Timothy’s first experience of persecution. He lived through Mao’s decade-long Cultural Revolution, and he remembers the fear and intimidation Christians felt from the government in those days. He remembers the slogans about “class struggle”—and the violence, persecution, imprisonment and even execution of Christians. While the present persecution faced by Chinese believers is not like it was in the 1960s and 70s, he believes lessons learned back then resonate now too—especially the power of prayer.
Watch what’s happening in and through the church in China today.