Martyrs: Gao Zhisheng’s Torture


I debated about whether to post what happened to this poor brother, a man Christianity Today calls “The World’s Most Missing Christian.” Since I read of his account from ChinaAid though, I’ve been praying for him daily; maybe you will, too.

More than a year has already passed since Christian human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng was last seen. On April 20, 2010, he disappeared once again into Chinese police custody. The Chinese government adamantly refuses to release any information about Gao, to disclose where he is being held, or even to say what his condition is. It even refuses to confirm to Gao’s family members whether he is still alive.

Gao’s wife and two children, whom ChinaAid helped to resettle in the United States, have been devastated both emotionally and spiritually. They cry out every day to have a word from or about their lost loved one, their devoted father and caring husband.

Following is an excerpt from a ChinaAid report posted on April 26, 2011, describing some of the horrific torture inflicted on Gao. [Warning – contains graphic details]

On April 19, 2011, officials from the Beijing headquarters of the Xinhua News Agency and the Propaganda Department of the Public Security Ministry’s Political Department confirmed that one phase of Mr. Ai Weiwei’s tax evasion case had come to an end.

A Public Security Ministry official with a conscience revealed that during the interrogation Ai Weiwei was subjected to torture in order to extract a confession. He said that the Ai case was being jointly handled by the Economic Investigation Corps and the Domestic Security Corps of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau.

Fu Zhenghua, the chief of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, instructed those handling the case to show Ai Weiwei the video of Gao Zhisheng being tortured, including shots of electric batons being inserted into Gao’s anus and his blood, semen, feces, and urine spurting out. Fu Zhenghua also issued an order saying: Whatever methods were used on Gao Zhisheng, use the same ones to make Ai Weiwei give in.

After several consecutive days of torture, Ai Weiwei was finally compelled to sign a statement of confession, admitting to tax evasion. (Read more: Tortured by Police, Artist Ai Weiwei Confesses After Seeing Video of Gao Zhisheng’s Torture

Though this campaign for Gao’s freedom has been a long one, we must not lose heart — for how else can Gao’s wife and children continue to hold on to their hope? Please encourage more of your friends to sign the FreeGao petition. We are planning a new initiative once we have collected 200,000 signatures. 

We vow to not waver or rest until we see Gao fully restored to freedom. Let us unite together to make this happen.



  1. Speechless. Our brothers and sisters suffer for Christ while we sit in relative apathy in padded pews and air conditioned sanctuaries. We as American Christians have no excuse for not availing ourselves of the freedom we have to get out and tell others about Jesus.

    • The worst we get are a handful of atheists asking the same questions over and over again when all they have to do is Google for answers.

      I keep praying for Gao after reading this.

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  3. Steve, thanks for reminding me how selfish, self-centered I am.

  4. Steve wrote: “The worst we get are a handful of atheists asking the same questions over and over again when all they have to do is Google for answers.

    Steve, I can only speak for myself, but I think you misunderstand.

    I do not ask questions as a way to not have to use Google. If I used Google, I would get someone else’s answer.

    I ask you the questions I do (or Glenn, or Dennis, or whomever I’m writing to at that time) because I want your answers.

    Do you understand the difference that I’m trying to show?

    If I wanted other people’s answers, I would ask them. When I want your answers, I ask you.

    Also, whenever I ask the same question over and over, it’s for one of two reasons:

    1. I’m trying to get you to understand a point I’m making. I’m not asking you to agree with my point; just that you understand it. I only ask the question multiple times if it appears that there’s a misunderstanding.

    2. It’s a question that you haven’t answered, but a question that is important to me to read what your answer is. There are times that I present questions directly to you Steve, but when you respond you don’t touch on it. Whenever someone asks me a question, or even a litany of questions, I try to give my answers to each and every one.

    So, that’s why I do it.

    • Nohm,

      I understand. Pretty much I agree with the likes of Greg Koukl, John MacArthur, R. C. Sproul and those interviewed by Lee Strobel (excepting the awful answers given by Professor J. P. Moreland in “The Case for Christ.”)

      So, Google those guys and you’ll get my answers from now on. We think alike.

  5. I simply cannot imagine myself ever saying, “look up what some other people say” when it comes to my own viewpoints and opinions. No one else speaks for me.

    To each their own, but I just find it very strange.

    I also have to think that there’s *something* that you and Greg Koukl (for example) disagree on.

    It’s my opinion that when you want to understand what someone thinks, the only person you go to is that exact person.

    Sorry, but I will continue to ask *you* questions because I want to know what *you*, and not Greg or John or R.C., think. Having said that, as always, I understand that you are under no obligation to respond.

  6. I’ll also point out, Steve, that you wrote “Pretty much I agree…”

    Those two words, “pretty much”, imply that you don’t agree with *everything* they say.

    So, you know how I feel about mind-reading, right?

    Well, I think that going by what someone else says, and then suggesting that you think the same thing, would be failed mind-reading on my side.

    So, in short, I just can’t do it.

  7. Then let me save you a lot of time, Steve.

    No need to thank me.

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