In October 2017, after collecting data on the Chinese Communist Government’s persecution of The Church of Almighty God Christians from January to September 2017, we compiled and released the 2017 Annual Report on the Chinese Communist Government’s Persecution of The Church of Almighty God. Because of the mass arrests and close supervision by the government, many Christians, as a result of their persecution, were unable to provide their own input before the report was published. Following its release, we were notified of a large number of other cases that had occurred. As of April 2018, the number of unpublished incidents was almost double that reported 2017, so the decision was taken to republish part of the 2017 Annual Report. When it comes to the number of the CAG Christians arrested and persecuted this year, the statistics are only the tip of the iceberg.
The Church of Almighty God (CAG), one of the Chinese house churches, has been suffering most severe persecution at the hands of the Chinese Communist government. Since its establishment in 1991, the CAG has continued to endure the brutal repression and persecution of the Chinese Communist government. In 1995, the authorities of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) used trumped-up charges to condemn the CAG as an “evil cult” and brutally repress and persecute the CAG. According to rough statistics, in just the two short years between 2011 and 2013, the number of the CAG Christians arrested, detained and sentenced by the CCP amounted to 380,380, of which 43,640 members were subjected to various methods of torture, including 13 members who were persecuted to death. In 2017, the CCP’s repression of the CAG continues to escalate. As of the end of 2017, there are already 60 well-documented cases of the CAG Christians persecuted to death by the CCP.