Being a preacher in a government-controlled Three-Self Church no longer means being free from persecution.
Regulation on Religious Affairs
Any words that might suggest religion are removed and replaced by secular, Party propaganda in China, as the regime continues defensive measures to “ensure stability.”
CCP is tightening the purse strings on Three-Self churches by forcing them to deposit their money, i.e., Christians’ tithes, into government-controlled bank accounts.
The suppression directly affects the foundation of one of the “three teachings” of traditional Chinese spirituality and religion, along with Confucianism and Buddhism.
Pastors from Three-Self churches are being reviewed for their loyalty to the party and removed for small signs of resistance.
Famous schools must cut all ties with their historical past, shedding robes and statues and names that evoke their Buddhist origins.
Employers in China are requiring that workers sign “no-faith” commitments or else be at risk of losing their jobs and livelihood.
Government agents attend all services, and church members themselves are bribed to inform for the government, leading to paranoia among believers.
In the provinces of Sichuan and Zhejiang, authorities have demolished two large Buddhist statues under ridiculous pretenses.
Reminiscent of early Christians, Chinese Catholics must move in secret and meet in out-of-the-way places, while priests face arrest if caught.