Apostles Sang Hymns To God While In Prison

The timeless hymn, "The Old Rugged Cross" was Yuan Xiangchen's companion throughout his over twenty-one years imprisonment for refusal to join the Three-Self Patriotic Movement. While other prisoners took smoking breaks, he comforted himself by singing the hymn.

Following excerpt from 47% into God's Double Agent by Bob Fu

We were married by Yuan Xiangchen (better known as Alan Yuan in the West), who was one of the most famous Christian dissidents in China. I could tell that my guests were excited when Yuan Xiangchen walked in. He had risen to notoriety after being arrested one April night in 1958 for refusing to join the Three Self Patriotic Movement.

Yuan had refused to join for three basic reasons. First, he believed Jesus and not a political group should be the head of the church. Second, his church had always been independent from foreign control. And third, he didn’t like the theological modernism that characterized the leaders of the Three Self Movement.

Because of his refusal to join, he was charged with “counterrevolutionary” crimes and sentenced to life imprisonment. He was sent near the Russian border to a labor camp where the temperature routinely dropped to thirty degrees below zero. He was in prison for twenty-one years and eight months, most of which were spent in a freezing cold cell.

He encouraged himself by singing “The Old Rugged Cross” while the other prisoners had their smoking breaks. Miraculously, he survived the ordeal without abandoning God, but he paid a hefty price for his faith and didn’t see his wife and six children for almost twenty-two years.

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