Since The Church of Almighty God(CAG) was founded in 1991, members of the Church have been arrested, imprisoned and tortured by CCP police for attending church meetings and preaching the gospel. The CCP has offered a reward for information leading to the capture of the CAG’s top-ranking executive leader, who is wanted for organizing church activities such as arranging meetings.
In 2017, the CCP increased its persecution of the CAG. At the start of the year, the CCP commenced a “Door-knocking Operation,” conducting a dragnet search for Christians of the CAG, establishing a database, and making group arrests. According to the church statistics, at least 583 Christians were arrested in Zhejiang province from July 2 to July 10, 2017. As of early October of the same year, the number of people arrested had increased to 638. The majority of those arrested remain in detention. Precise details cannot be obtained as family visitations are prohibited.
As of January 2018, 38,457 Christians of the CAG have published their personal cases of arrest and persecution under aliases on the official CAG website.5 These cases are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the total number of Christians of the CAG who have suffered persecution.