Patriotic ideology and traditional Chinese culture forcefully replacing religious activities, churches pressured to stage plays and operas to transform faith.
Believers in government-controlled churches have their personal and religious freedoms violated, as authorities watch their every move.
The compromises Three-Self churches made with the Chinese government only brought intensified persecution, not peace.
The CCP claims that in each “area” of the province, one Three-Self church is enough. The others should be “donated” to the government, which will use them for secular purposes.
Local authorities in Henan shut down churches by blocking off the entrances and destroying church facilities.
Revolutionary songs and traditional Chinese opera are replacing prayers and hymns after authorities forcibly take over government-approved churches.
April 21 was Easter. The CCP “celebrated” the day by harassing dissident Catholics, house church Protestants, and even devotees of the government-controlled Three Self Church.
The CCP is demanding state-approved preachers to replace the words of God with Communist ideology and Confucian values.
Authorities destroy a Three-Self church in a Henan county, promising to rebuild it, but instead, clamp down on the construction of a new one.