A government-controlled Protestant Three-Self church in Henan has been persecuted since 2015. In September, its main symbol – the cross – was destroyed.
Authorities have raided multiple Sola Fide congregation sites earlier this year, arresting believers and confiscating churches’ assets.
Churches across several provinces like Shandong, Hunan, Jilin and more have been raided upon and shut down recently.
After a sequence of well-planned mischievous manipulations, Henan authorities made members of the Yangzhai True Jesus Church congregation sign a document condemning their church to demolition.
Churches that are not directly controlled by the Chinese Communist Party are facing extinction as the number of closed down places of worship and arrested preachers continues to grow.
In two instances, local authorities urged believers to demolish church buildings due to their dilapidated state. Later, they prohibited its reconstruction.
In China’s Heilongjiang Province, a South Korean church was shut down over six years ago, and its pastor deported back home.
Henan’s authorities raided numerous churches in Yongcheng city, tearing down and burning religious paraphernalia and illegally confiscating money.
The leader of a Chinese religious movement was detained and later imprisoned.
A state-sanctioned Protestant church in Zhejiang Province has been harassed on many occasions, once the authorities sent 500 people to demolish its cross.