A Chinese lawyer defending six Christians on claims they had taken part in an “evil cult” by reading the Bible, “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan and materials from John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion has stunned a courtroom by offering to turn himself in to authorities, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The lawyer reasoned he has done the same things as the defendants.
The report comes from China Aid Association, which investigates abuses against persecuted church members and promotes religious freedom, human rights and the rule of law.
The six Christians in Lincang, Yunnan, were victims in “a sweeping crackdown” on a separate organization called Three Grades of Servants, which China claims is a cult.
Only one of the defendants was identified by name, Zhang Hongyan.
Authorities used their investigation into the organization to round up unaffiliated Christians, “falsely charging many of them in one of the most high-profile cases of religious persecution the province has seen in years,” China Aid reported.
The impassioned plea was made by Wen Yu, a defense attorney for the six facing trial.
According to the report, he said: “The Bible says that good trees produce good fruit and bad trees produce bad fruit.”
China Aid explained that Wen was “using metaphoric speech here to say that the accused Christians are upstanding people.”
“I also do the things the defendants have done, have books I also own, and sing songs I have also heard. If they are evil cult members, I also am. I now give myself up to the court and ask that the court please rule they are not guilty.”