China Cracking Down on House Churches Leading Up to Games

The Christian Post is reporting that China is intensifying its crack down on “illegal” house churches.

[A] report, entitled “China: Persecution of Protestant Christians in the Approach to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games,” by U.K.-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide and U.S.-based China Aid Association, provides information on different tactics used by the government to restrict the religious freedom of Christians.

“While Chinese house churches have long suffered persecution, this is believed to be the first time that the authorities have systematically cracked down on the ‘third wave churches,’” the report noted. “These are churches amongst the more educated and wealthy sections of society with greater awareness of their rights, which generally meet in urban areas and have been tolerated, even though operating under certain restrictions.”

Tactics used to crack down on unregistered Christians include: targeting well-established unregistered churches; sending landlords directives ordering them to not rent space to those engaging in religious activities; charging Christians in the Xinjiang region of separatism; expelling foreign Christians; targeting repression at the Chinese House Church Alliance; and carrying out the largest mass sentencing of house church leaders in 25 years.

The report also highlights the “disturbing news” that some house church Christians were arrested and fined for trying to help victims of the massive earthquake in Sichuan Province.

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One Response to “China Cracking Down on House Churches Leading Up to Games”

  1. spiritualcourage Says:

    Thank you for posting this story…the persecution of our brothers and sisters in China is horrific. Most people are truly unaware of what’s still happening to them, thank you for speaking out on their behalf and spreading the message!

    Praying with you,
    Taylor

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