(myCommunity.com) Other 60 members of the Early Rain Covenant clandestine church in Chengdu, China, were arrested last Sunday in an ongoing crackdown on the Protestant congregation.
According to reports, the police have been trying to force parishioners to commit to leaving the church.
This time, according to World Magazine, the arrests took place in a park where the congregation had decided to meet, because the church building had been closed in an earlier raid earlier this month, when 100 worshipers were arrested.
The members of the church had been praying and reciting part of their Catechism, reading: "What is your only consolation in life and death? That I am not mine, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. "
Several other Christians who met in a separate location in the field of a nearby university were also captured by the police.
As noted by ChinaAid, the church's pastor, Wang Yi, has been accused of "inciting subversion of state power."
Some of the 100 leaders and Christian students who were arrested in early December had to leave their children unattended. A prayer letter published by the church after the arrests claimed that at least three believers detained by the Communist Party authorities had been tortured.
Since then, photos of the alleged torture injuries, showing bruises and other signs of beatings suffered by Christians, have appeared online.
A member of the church, who did not want to be identified, told the BBC News that the blockade of the church was broken, that some of the houses of the parishioners were sacked and that several believers were "under house arrest or were being followed all the time".
"On Sunday, some members tried to gather in other places for worship, but they also took them away. The building of the church has been attended by police and dress officers, without allowing anyone to enter the worship service, "added the church member. .
She revealed that the police have also been pressing parishioners to sign documents asking them to leave the church and take their children out of the Bible school.
Several other clandestine churches have been closed this year, with Catholic and Protestant congregations heavily attacked by the administration of President Xi Jinping. This year's video footage shows communist officials cutting church buildings and demolishing churches completely.
Wang had written a letter in case he was taken by the Chinese communist authorities. It was released last week.
In it, Wang expresses how he is "full of anger and disgust for the persecution of the church by this communist regime, for the evil of depriving people of the freedoms of religion and conscience."
Church pastor Early Rain Covenant said that by following the Bible, he accepts and respects "the fact that God has allowed this communist regime to govern temporarily."
"At the same time, I believe that the persecution of this communist regime against the church is a very perverse and illegal action. As a pastor of a Christian church, I must denounce this evil openly and severely, "he added.
"The call I have received forces me to use nonviolent methods to disobey the human laws that disobey the Bible and God. My Savior, Christ, also compels me to bear with joy all the costs of disobeying the evil laws. "