(三班僕人). A Christian new religious movement founded in the late 1980s in Henan by Xu Wenku (徐文庫, 1946–2006), included in the list of the xie jiao in 1999, and reduced to a handful of followers after the founder’s capture and execution. It acquired a reputation for physically assaulting other Christian groups, and Xu was executed for having ordered the assassination of ex-members of his movement who had converted to The Church of Almighty God, although his followers insisted he was innocent. In 2018, the CCP launched a campaign in the province of Yunnan, and arrested dozens of alleged members of the Three Grades of Servants. Scholars and China Aid reacted with skepticism, suspecting the CCP was falsely accusing Christians of the house churches to be members of the Three Grades of Servants.
House Churches Suppressed, Believers Arrested in Chongqing
Since the coronavirus restrictions started to be lifted in March, the CCP intensified attacks on Protestant venues that are not part of the state-run church.
CCP Announces Major Internal Purge: “It Will Be Like Yan’an”
Mass killings perpetrated by Mao between 1942–44 are evoked to tell cadres that the Party will “completely remove the tumor” represented by “weak” officers.
Must Raise National Flag and Sing Anthem to Reopen Church
Some state-run churches were allowed to reopen in China after a 5-month lockdown. But only after proving their loyalty to the Communist Party.
Chinese Academic Xu Zhangrun, Who Criticized Xi Jinping, Has Been Arrested
The prominent law professor has been accused of “seeking out prostitutes,” a frequent pretext to detain opponents of the CCP