Increasingly persecuted, members of these conservative Protestant churches are fleeing China in growing numbers.
Authorities forcibly took over and looted True Jesus Church in Henan’s Shangqiu city, arresting its director and detaining her for 15 days.
Meeting venues are raided, Bibles and religious articles seized, and believers registered and photographed for further surveillance.
After a long resistance, a final crackdown has ended 25 years of history of one of the largest house church congregations in China.
In Hubei Province, systematic police harassment disrupted the gatherings of a house church
The Chinese government has been persecuting the House of Bethel church in Fuzhou city since its opening 13 years ago.
With the pretext of preventing “western forces” from threatening to the CCP’s regime through religion, the authorities are sparing no efforts to suppress and shut down house churches.
Henan set the example: Campaigns to remove crosses, close down house churches, and repurpose religious buildings documented in dozens of cities across China.
The label xie jiao, reserved for banned “heterodox teachings,” is now increasingly applied to “normal” house churches.
Perfectly functional, or barely functional, the Chinese government will go after any religious meeting site.