The government harassed this Three-Self church in Henan Province for nearly a year because its pastor opposed religion “sinicization” requirements.
Regulation on Religious Affairs
To disseminate fear among people of faith, measures promoting snitching and offering considerable amounts of money for informers are expanded throughout China.
Protestant house churches, regarded as a threat to the regime due to large numbers of believers, face total extinction, people threatened to give up their faith.
Even religious venues that are managed by the government come under severe persecution, the CCP aiming to weaken Christianity and eradicate it eventually.
Accused of “illegality” or “disturbance,” terrorized and manipulated, numerous house churches are closed down to make them join the official Protestant church.
The CCP is training abbots as mouthpieces to spread propaganda and requires temples to undergo standardized management assessments.
Across the country, the CCP is “transforming” temples into cultural auditoriums, government offices and elderly activity centers.
Buddhist and Taoist places of worship are continuously taken over by the government. Believers are dispersed, religion replaced with “red” cultural activities.
Crackdown on religion is now a key task for officials in towns and villages, higher-ups imposing personal responsibility on them for the success of persecutions.