Instead of using frequent Christian expressions of praise, believers must thank the Communist Party of China – or face dire consequences.
Three-Self Patriotic Movement
Even government-approved Three-Self church faces control of preaching, mandated patriotism, and control of finances, in ongoing “sinicization” push.
Churches have been ordered to get approvals to celebrate Christmas from multiple state institutions and people are forbidden from having Christmas decorations.
Government controlled Three-Self Patriotic Movement churches are being seized by authorities in Henan to be used as places for entertainment.
Authorities in Jiangxi Province replace religious symbols with Party slogans in “official” churches that belong to the China Protestant Three-Self Patriotic Movement.
The local government forcibly destroyed a Three-Self church in a village of Henan Province for being taller than the local committee building.
Source: Radio Free Asia Date: May 22, 2018 Radio Free Asia reports about the escalating persecution of Protestant churches in China. Officials ordered a church in Jinxian County, Jiangxi Province to close down and a church in Nanping city in the southeastern province of Fujian to register with the government-approved Three-Self Patriotic
Source: ChinaAid Date: May 13, 2018 ChinaAid reports on yet another attempt by religious affairs bureau to coerce members of Huaqiu Church congregation in China’s southern Guizhou to join the state-run Three-Self Church.
Source: Direct Reports from China Date: May 5, 2018 On April 16, 2018, the police seized a Three-Self church in Huichi Village, Wuqiu Township, Changyuan County in Henan Province’s Xinxiang City, and arrested its two pastors. The church belongs to the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, the Protestant body controlled by the regime in China.