Unregistered Protestant churches were continuously pressured in 2019 to join the state-run Three-Self Church. Crackdowns don’t seem to ease down this year.
To drive believers into the state-run Protestant Church, the CCP threatens to take away their social benefits, shuts down and destroys meeting venues.
Members of these conservative Protestant house churches face increasing persecution, as their meeting venues across China are raided by the police and shut down.
Four of the church’s leaders were also arrested in one of the largest operations against this network of house churches.
Unapproved Protestant churches are bracing for more crackdowns, as local officials are planning a new round of suppression in the second half of the year.
Sola Fide believers were arrested and beaten in Hubei, after having been told that even gathering for a dinner is an illegal religious activity.
Pressuring to join the state-approved church, authorities installed surveillance cameras and stationed police officers to intimidate the pastor and believers.
Increasingly persecuted, members of these conservative Protestant churches are fleeing China in growing numbers.
The police tortured nine co-workers from a house church in Hainan Province, most of them suffered internal injuries as a result.