Chinese Protestant Chief Reveals Past in Unregistered Church, but Criticizes Present Day Underground Protestants

November 15, 2004

Christianity Today editor and founder Mark Galli interviewed Ji Jianhong, who heads the Protestant Three-Self Patriotic Movement, during a September visit to Shanghai. Ji spoke of his youth in the Little Flock movement, which was persecuted when it refused to register with the government in the 1950s. He also commented on government officials who obstruct church policies. Ji also criticized underground Christians and foreign Protestant groups, however. He refused to acknowledge that religious persecution exists in China, arguing that Christians are not arrested for their faith but because they have broken some specific law.