Chinese authorities have passed on a bill to pastor Jin Mingri after the government demolished his Zion Church in Beijing, one of the largest unofficial congregations in the communist country. The church was destroyed without any notice and officials sent Jin a bill for 1.2 million yuan, which equals around $170,000, The Guardian reported.

“Before, as long as you didn’t meddle in politics, the government left you alone,” the pastor remarked. “But now, if you don’t push the communist party line, if you don’t display your love for the party, you are a target.” He added, “Of course we’re scared; we’re in China, but we have Jesus.”The Chinese government’s crackdown on Zion Church started in August, when communist officials first threatened to shutter the 1,500-member church after … READ MORE