One day in April 2003, when I was preaching the gospel, the gospel friend called “110” and reported me to the police. At the public security bureau, they threatened that I should make a full confession and otherwise they would teach me a lesson with electric baton and also sentence me to imprisonment. Seeing their fiendish looks, I couldn’t help thinking, “This time I’ve gotten into a big trouble. It seems that they’ll definitely impose a sentence on me.” But then I thought, “No matter what, I can never be a Judas to betray the church and the brothers and sisters.” Just then, a song rang in my ears: “Offer the sweetest to God Oh, and leave the bitterest to myself; I will stand firmly for God’s testimony, and never again yield to satan. Ah! My head can be cut off and my blood can be shed, but I won’t lose the moral fiber of God’s people; with God’s commission in my mind, I’ll shame the old satan. …” Then, I had strength inside. And I made a resolution inwardly: “I must stand for the testimony and will never yield to satan!” Seeing that hard tactics didn’t work, they resorted to soft ones, saying, “You are at such an old age and there is no need to come out to suffer such hardship. Make a full confession…. Tell us the names of your group fellows and we’ll drive you home and you can live a peaceful life.” At the time, I prayed to God silently, “O Almighty God, please keep my heart from believing these devils’ words. I’m willing to stand for your testimony. Today, it’s all in your hand for me to be released or to be put into prison. I’m willing to submit to your arrangement….” After the prayer, my heart was very comforted. At that moment, God inspired me: “Die rather than confess. Act according to God’s word and you won’t go astray!” So, when they questioned me again, I pretended to be a fool and said, “I know nothing.”
After a while, an official came accompanied by a large group of people. At that moment, I felt somewhat afraid and nervous, so I immediately cried out to God to keep my heart. Then, God’s words appeared to me at once: “Just hold your head up! Do not be afraid…. Those in power and authority look ferocious in appearance, but do not be afraid. That is because your faith is little. As long as your faith rises, everything will be nothing.” God’s words gave me faith and strength, and I no longer felt afraid or nervous. Yes, no matter how many people the great red dragon has today, they are all in God’s hand. I can’t be cowed by them. Although I’m in the den of monsters, I’m not fighting alone. Almighty God is with me! That official said, “Stop pretending! When preaching the gospel a moment ago, you were not a fool. I’ve seen many people of your kind. You are trying to fool us. No way!” At that time, kept by God, my mind was very sober and clear. I thought, “Satan! It’s no use resorting to this tactic. I won’t listen to you. Only God’s word is the truth, the way, and the life. It will never be wrong to believe God’s word!” Under God’s keeping, I didn’t say a word. And, at their wits’ end, they had to release me home.
Through this matter, I have personally experienced that nothing is too hard for one if he relies on God and that God’s word is the highest wisdom. As long as I act according to God’s word, I will be guided by God to see through satan’s schemes and defeat the great red dragon!
Dongying City, Shandong Province