Bitter Winter reported earlier about the harassment from authorities that the House of Eternal Blessing in Fujian and the House of David Church in Guangdong have been suffering in the past few months. Since then, new information has emerged about the predicament of these two house churches.
A house church preacher was arrested after she posted on a WeChat group some video footage depicting government’s persecution of religion. As a result, her church was forcibly closed down.
The police tortured nine co-workers from a house church in Hainan Province, most of them suffered internal injuries as a result.
The Chinese government often uses indirect intimidation tactics to carry out its persecution of religious faith. In the case of underground churches, the people who rent out to them are often pressured to terminate agreements.
In the past two months, law enforcement and government agencies ransacked a Sola Fide church in Hunan because its leadership refused to join the government-controlled Three-Self Patriotic Movement.
The church’s pastor was detained and the believers were prohibited from congregating at the venue again.
Police officers and government officials raided a gathering place of the Eternal Life Christian Church in Fujian’s Fuzhou and ordered to cease gatherings, in complete disregard to religious regulations and law enforcement procedures.
The Guangdong-based house church ministers have been called in for questioning and threatened for putting their names on the document.
Its congregation members and church leaders have gone through long-term harassment. In the latest raid, the police confiscated the church’s donation money as well.
Since house churches have come up with several ingenious ways to evade persecution, the authorities have now started deploying spies to crack down on religious belief.