By Caleb Romero for The Christian Times
The pastor of a government-controlled Church in China was dismissed after he opposed the forced removal of church crosses across the region.
Gu Yuese, the senior pastor of Chongyi Church in Hangzhou, was removed from office by the Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) and the China Christian Council (CCC), as mentioned in a written statement.
The two religious committees operate along Zhejiang, a coastal province in China.
The statement reads, "The chairman of the provincial Chinese Christian Council, Gu Yuese, will no longer work as the senior pastor of Chongyi Church in Hangzhou."
In the announcement, the two groups made the decision in order to "move one step closer towards the proper self-establishment and management of church locations."
According to Persecution.org, Pastor Yuese may have been dismissed as senior pastor because of his opposition in the two agencies' steps to forcely demolish crosses in churches across the region.