Government agents attend all services, and church members themselves are bribed to inform for the government, leading to paranoia among believers.
Regulation on Religious Affairs
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.
Authorities are coming up with absurd reasons for taking away Christians’ ability to worship and preach. The new one is the age of preachers.
China’s suppression of religious belief is at its worst since the Cultural Revolution, and Christian house churches are especially targeted.
With the help of the “four requirements” policy, the CCP is seeking to penetrate churches with communist symbols and ideology to eliminate religion completely.
The CCP is successfully keeping up its efforts of turning houses of worship into government-sanctioned activity centers, for everything except religion.
China’s wide-ranging crackdown against religious groups has hit a tiny Jewish community in Kaifeng, where an atmosphere of fear and paranoia has set in.
The march to establish religion “with Chinese characteristics” continues, with Buddhist temples now feeling the pressure, compromising their beliefs.
Regulations to “protect” minors from religion reach a new level of absurdity, as churches near schools are forced to close, asked to share lists of youth members.