The government forced to close these state-run places of worship in Heilongjiang Province’s Hegang city in the period of four months – from March to June.
Pastors and preachers of state-run Three-Self Church are forced to undergo political re-education, as the CCP is intensifying efforts to “sinicize” Christianity.
Local authorities intensify efforts in organizing events of popular appeal to make people refute their faith and pray to the only God – the Communist Party.
Under the CCP’s totalitarian rule, even state-licensed churches become “illegal” after well-organized campaigns of threats and manipulations are implemented.
Defrauded by the CCP, congregations of state-approved churches are left with nowhere to worship after they agree to tear down their dilapidated buildings.
As CCP’s “sinicization” campaign intensifies, Three-Self churches are forcibly transformed, losing religious symbols and any likeness to European architecture.
Government-controlled Protestant churches suffer brutal crackdowns, often resulting in closures that leave large numbers of believers without a place to worship.
A new control measure imposed on the government-approved churches threatens to close down any religious venue that loses points for disobeying the regime.
Three-Self churches ordered to change extensively, replacing religious symbols with communist paraphernalia. If the Party is not satisfied, they risk being closed.