Accused of “illegality” or “disturbance,” terrorized and manipulated, numerous house churches are closed down to make them join the official Protestant church.
Regulation on Religious Affairs
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.
Three government-approved Protestant churches have been destroyed in Shandong’s Linyi city for various made up reasons.
Being a preacher in a government-controlled Three-Self Church no longer means being free from persecution.
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.