Local authorities raid and close places of worship using various pretexts, from poverty alleviation to epidemic prevention.
It’s increasingly hard for unregistered Protestant churches to survive, as numerous venues are closed to make believers join the official Three-Self Church.
Religious persecution in China affects each aspect of believers’ life. Those unwilling to give up their faith may lose their jobs.
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.