Two more state-approved Three-Self churches are reported to have been demolished, and their assets and valuables looted during the holiday season last year.
Christian Faith in China
Authorities forcibly took over and looted True Jesus Church in Henan’s Shangqiu city, arresting its director and detaining her for 15 days.
“I have burned so many crosses. I betrayed God. What should I do?” These were the final words uttered by Wen Weiquan before he committed suicide.
As government authorities continue their campaign to eradicate religion from China, religious symbols are removed.
Even the most commonplace and humanitarian activities, if associated with Christian evangelization, are considered illegal and forbidden by the CCP.
The authorities have been investigating the religious beliefs of military personnel, and are seeking to ensure that their number is reduced to “zero.”
To avoid being monitored or arrested, preachers in Jiangxi lead members of their congregation to a distant meeting venue very early in the mornings.
Since his arrest in December, the pastor’s mother has been beaten, the whole family is being monitored, and his lawyer was detained.
Closed down for “not having a religious activity venue registration certificate,” home-church Christians try to rent spaces, but are still suppressed.
Employers in China are requiring that workers sign “no-faith” commitments or else be at risk of losing their jobs and livelihood.