In 2019, the number of CAG Christians who have been sentenced to jail increased dramatically: 1,355 CAG Christians have been sentenced as far as is known. This is more than double the number that were sentenced in 2018. Among those sentenced in 2019, 64 were given seven or more years, and three were given heavy sentences of 12 years. CAG Christians who have been sentenced and imprisoned are widely subjected to long-term torture and forced indoctrination, and 12 to 20 hours per day of forced labor. Many were injured or disabled as a result. At least five died from torture in custody and deprivation of the right to medical attention. In 2019 the CCP continued applying pressure on some democratic countries as well as utilizing Communist sympathizers and anti-religion individuals to stage fake demonstrations abroad in an attempt to have CAG Christians who had fled abroad extradited back to China. The conditions under which the approximately four million CAG Christians in mainland China struggle to practice their faith and lead a normal existence have continued to worsen. Their situation is a great cause for concern and has attracted international attention.
Ma Jinlong (Captain of the National Security Team): Tell you the truth, Han Lu. It isn’t that we don’t understand people who. There are believers of God among my friends. I know that those who believe in God are good people who do not do bad things. Then why does the Communist Party want to capture you? It is because your Church of is developing too fast, its impacts are increasingly greater. You still keep spreading the word of Almighty God, shocking the entire religious community. Is it possible that the Communist Party does not suppress and restrict you? Do you know what the “May 28 Shandong Zhaoyuan Case” is about? It was the Communist Party’s signal to the whole world that it wanted to ban and destroy . And it also shouted the slogan, “Troops won’t be withdrawn until the ban is done!” What does this demonstrate? This demonstrates that the central leadership has determined to completely ban and eliminate all the underground churches, especially your Church of Almighty God. After the public trial of the Shandong Zhaoyuan case, although many people have raised all kinds of questions about the Shandong Zhaoyuan case, saying that this case was most likely a phony case fabricated intentionally by the Communist Party to frame and smear The Church of Almighty God, nevertheless, this case was heard publicly by the court. The news media also made a follow-up report on the case. No matter how much you doubt and deny the May 28 Shandong Zhaoyuan case, it is useless. When the Communist Party can say and do so, there will certainly be many people who believe it. Although the lie and violence are not a positive thing, they are effective. Isn’t it what is all about?
Han Lu (A Christian): Captain Ma, this Shandong Zhaoyuan case can only fool people for a short while. Lies cannot last long. The truth will be revealed sooner or later. When the CCP suppresses religious beliefs, suppresses ethnic minorities, suppresses university students, it always fabricates some unjust cases first. These are the public opinion basis designed to achieve its goal. Who doesn’t know that China’s courts and media are fully controlled by the Chinese Communist Party? There is no self-determination at all. The Chinese Communist Party’s court is the national machinery for the Communist Party to maintain dictatorship. The news media is the mouthpiece and instrument of the Chinese Communist Party, trumpeters that fabricate lies for the Chinese Communist Party to confuse the people and deceive the world. This is a publicly recognized fact! The May 28 Shandong Zhaoyuan case is riddled with doubts. When the court was hearing the Shandong Zhaoyuan case, the perpetrators stated in court, “Zhang Fan and I are the only spokespeople for the true ‘Almighty God.’ What the state cracks down on is the ‘Almighty God’ that Zhao Weishan believes in, not the ‘Almighty God’ that we believe in.” “I never had contact with The Church of Almighty God.” They repeatedly said that they were not members of The Church of Almighty God. The puzzling part was that the Chinese Communist judge even ignored the defendants’ statements and ruled in full view that all those defendants were people of The Church of Almighty God. What was the problem? The Chinese Communist court distorted the facts, framed and smeared the Church, and disregarded the facts and the law by blaming this murder case on The Church of Almighty God. The Chinese Communist government also used the media to publicly report the case in a high-profile. The discerning can see that this was another false case carefully crafted by the Chinese Communist Party. What was the purpose of the CCP in doing so? Smart people can see that this was the fabrication of public opinions to suppress and persecute The Church of Almighty God.
Chen Jun (Deputy captain of the National Security Team): Even if the Shandong Zhaoyuan case is false, then what? In order to suppress The Church of Almighty God, the Chinese Communist Party turned on all the propaganda machines, created a lot of public opinions, and obtained some results. The Chinese Communist Party has a megaphone. All the media, radio stations and newspapers are the tools of the Communist Party. Even if you are in the right, there is no venue for you to say it. The Communist Party has a maxim “A lie will become the truth if it’s repeated ten thousand times.” You mean to tell me that you didn’t know that? What the Communist Party rules the Chinese people with are lies and revolutionary violence. This is a political necessity. As Chairman Mao said, “This is not a conspiracy, this is an open plot.” What are lies and deceptions? “The end justifies the mean” is the Communist Party’s principle and style in doing things! Do you understand?
Han Lu: Do you think that you can confuse and deceive the Chinese people and the world by lies? I don’t think so. Lies can confuse and deceive people just a while, but never for long. Sooner or later, the truth will be completely clear! To me, the saying that “A lie will become the truth if it’s repeated ten thousand times” is not credible. I cannot find the fact of a lie becoming the truth after it was repeated ten thousand times. Lies will ultimately be revealed and eliminated. Lies can never stand firmly. The actions and deeds of the Communist Party fully confirm the words of the Bible: “You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and stayed not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44). The devil is the father of liars. Only the devil will wantonly lie and deceive.
from the movie script of Sweetness in Adversity