Despite harsh crackdowns on non-sanctioned places of worship, ever more state-approved church believers join them, preferring life in danger to indoctrination.
The surveillance of church members is increasing, as their every move is monitored and personal information analyzed for further suppression and control.
Xi Jinping’s policy to eradicate poverty looks more like yet another propaganda tool, forcing local officials to play along in delivering the undeliverable.
Henan provincial authorities are carrying out a comprehensive examination of Three-Self preachers, with the ultimate goal to get rid of “unpatriotic” ones.
Merely due to their ethnic identity, Xinjiang Uyghurs are subjected to surveillance and control by the Chinese authorities.
Being a preacher in a government-controlled Three-Self Church no longer means being free from persecution.
Some of the leaders are serving sentences as long as 13 years, merely because of their Christian faiths.
Christian calendars, couplets or religious texts are banned and suppliers penalized, as authorities provide to believers counter-propaganda extolling Communism.
Pastors from Three-Self churches are being reviewed for their loyalty to the party and removed for small signs of resistance.