Great example Jaime. If I am not mistaken Bob Fu has at least one, perhaps two testimonies in the Voice of Martyrs devotional entitled:"Extreme Devotion," depicting certain periods of late century struggle balancing "hiding home churches," while openly proclaiming Christ in China. To openly proclaim still meant persecution, torture, imprisonment, even death. I concur with his assessment also. Its easier for one accustomed to suffering and even greater dictatorship of their service to persevere through the potentially life-threatening situations some find themselves in..basically stop believing or be tortured and perish. There is a great testimony also in this devotional that basically reads like this:
( Somewhere in Romania, circa 1980's)
During a church service, two russian soldiers bust in the front doors of the church. They say everyone will be shot for their faith. Whoever was willing to deny Christ and turn from the belief, stand off to the left. They would be allowed to go free. Those who insisted on being committed to Christian principle were to line up on the right. They would be executed for their foolish and vain faith. As the line on the left sold their souls for another day's life; they waved apologetically at those stoicly standing on the right; ready to die for their belief. As soon as the last of the left hand line exited the door, the soldiers barred the doors from the inside, turned around, and as they looked in the eyes of the believers ready to die for their faith.....the soldiers set down their rifles and said, "Don't worry folks, we also are believers; but we wished to worship without hypocrites!!"
You see, at any point these soldiers could be killed for their faith. They wanted nothing to do with ''soft," believers whose hearts were not equally committed. I can see why Bob feels the way he feels and agree in essence.