A government-controlled Three-Self church was closed for a month after its pastor was arrested, fined, and placed under surveillance by the authorities for protecting a South Korean preacher.
The authorities claimed that a government-controlled Three-Self church in Luoyang city was an “illegal construction.”
A pastor from a government-controlled Three-Self church in Anhui Province has been under strict surveillance for six years.
A preacher from a government-controlled Protestant Three-Self church in Henan had his qualifications revoked because some minors were noticed during the service he conducted.
Anyone who wants to attend a service in a government-controlled Three-Self church in Xinjiang’s Urumqi city must not only present their identification card but also have their identity checked by a facial recognition system.
Authorities forcibly removed the cross from a government-controlled Three-Self church in Henan Province, closed it down, and repurposed it for an electronics factory.
In August, authorities in Henan removed hundreds of church crosses as part of the plan to stop an “invisible” spread of religion. The vast majority of these were at the government-controlled Protestant Three-Self churches.
In recent months, the authorities’ in Henan have shut down numerous government-controlled Protestant churches. In Nanyang city alone, nearly 20 of them have been closed down.
Local authorities forcibly removed the cross from a government-approved Protestant church in Henan’s Dengfeng city, provoking protests from members of the congregation.
A Three-Self church in a village of Henan’s Shangqiu city was turned into a place for workshops after it has been sealed off and its cross has been torn down.