Along with tens of millions of Party members and public officials, Three-Self Church believers are forced to use the mobile app “Xi Study Strong Nation.”
After destroying a church under construction, authorities issued a news release, claiming that the church was a “private building in violation of building laws.”
Authorities’ crackdown on Three-Self churches remains unabated: some have been sealed off or shut down, and believers have been subjected to violent beatings.
The authorities are using satellite positioning systems, aerial drones, and other high-tech tools to conduct surveillance on believers.
Three-Self church pastors forced to undergo “ideological conversion.” Xi Jinping and Mao must be preached together with Christ, or license to preach revoked.
Being a preacher in a government-controlled Three-Self Church no longer means being free from persecution.
Even personal travel to visit relatives requires permission, and detailed itineraries must be submitted. Failure to comply can result in churches being closed.
Registration of Three-Self believers moves naturally to controlling what Christians read and hear in sermons, transforming churches into stealth Party branches.
Any building that doesn’t look authentically Chinese is quickly becoming so, thanks to the ongoing “sinicization” campaign.
CCP is tightening the purse strings on Three-Self churches by forcing them to deposit their money, i.e., Christians’ tithes, into government-controlled bank accounts.