Authorities in this city of Guangdong Province have shut down various house churches as part of a well-planned strategy of religious persecution.
Christian Faith in China
The authorities use bail-granting procedures to exploit believers and make a financial profit.
A member of the Born-Again movement from Anhui Province suffered constant persecution for his faith.
Worshipers were forced to either completely close down their gathering places or start meeting in small groups after a sequence of crackdowns on house churches that adhere to head-covering tradition.
A resident of Anhui was harassed by law enforcement officers, and his house was later destroyed because he had hosted a religious gathering.
Arrested for his belief in 1983, a member of a Sola Fide church has been persecuted since as a “believer in xie jiao.”
A Christian woman from Henan’s Gongyi city was arrested recently and tortured for information.
Believers in China face punishment for posting any faith-related information or even a picture of a cross on the internet.
In the past four months, the Chinese government has made repeated attempts at shutting down the church.
A resident of Shandong was first detained in 1996 for her religious belief. This year, authorities arrested her again for the same reason.