Not less than three home church buildings in China had been raided by Chinese language authorities not too long ago with their leaders being arrested and detained on trumped-up costs.
International Christian Concern (ICC), a U.S.-based persecution watchdog, reviews authorities raided the Xi’an Considerable Church, the Linfen Holy Covenant Church, and Changchun metropolis’s Home of Gentle Church.
Xi’an Considerable Church
On Aug. 17, Pastor Lian Chang-Nian and his spouse Guo Jiuju, his son Pastor Lian Xuliang and spouse Zhang Jun together with their 9-year-old son, Preacher Fu Juan, and sister Xing Aiping from Xi’an’s Considerable Church had been taken to Shilipu police station after their houses had been raided.
The next day, the adults had been handcuffed and delivered to their church for a staged photoshoot. The authorities later introduced the decision for his or her crimes of unlawful gathering, unlawful venue, and unlawful assortment of funds. A church member who witnessed the photoshoot mentioned Pastor Lian had apparently been mistreated since he had a number of accidents to his head and arms, in accordance with the ICC.
Whereas the pastors’ wives and sister Xing had been launched that very same night, the Lians and Preacher Fu had been nonetheless lacking. The daddy and son duo are being held below residential surveillance at a chosen location in Shaanxi province for “fraud.”
Linfen Holy Covenant Church
On Aug. 19 round 7:00 pm, 70 members of Linfen Holy Covenant Church in Shanxi province had been having fun with an outside household occasion when 170 law enforcement officials carried out a raid with overwhelming pressure. After being searched, their cell telephones confiscated, all the members had been arrested and led away by the police, the ICC reported.
Within the meantime, police additionally searched church coworkers Li Jie and Han Xiaodong houses, confiscating paperwork and books. Li, his spouse Li Shanshan, and Han went lacking after the raid. One other member, Hou Guobao was additionally arrested.
Nujiang Ethnic Nu Christians
On Aug. 19, the households of ethnic Nu Christians Wang Shunping and Nu Sangdeng acquired prison detention notices for the 2 Christian males. Wang and Nu had been detained for “allegedly organizing and sponsoring unlawful gathering” by Fugong County’s Public Safety Bureau in Nujiang Prefecture, in accordance with the ICC.
San Luopo and two Christian girls from out of city had been additionally reportedly detained however no official doc has been issued.
Changchun Metropolis’s Home of Gentle Church
The ICC additionally reported the Home of Gentle Church in Jilin province’s Changchun was raided by police throughout its Aug. 21 Sunday worship companies. The authorities dispersed all of these in attendance earlier than arresting Pastor Zhang Yong (aka Guo Muyun), elder Qu Hongliang, and brother Zhang Liangliang.
As a result of violent nature of the raid, two feminine members suffered coronary heart assaults and first responders had been known as to the scene.
The detained Christians had been later launched early within the morning on Aug. 22, although the boys had been handled brutally whereas in detention. The ICC reported the boys should report again to the police on Saturday.
Beijing’s Ongoing Crackdown on Home Church buildings
The most recent collection of crackdowns come per week after Chengdu-based Early Rain Covenant Church and Beijing Zion Church noticed their members arrested throughout a Sunday service. It’s unclear why Beijing has launched this new wave of crackdowns on home church buildings, the ICC reviews.
“Identical to what the newly elected president of the Patriotic Affiliation of Chinese language Catholics, Beijing Archbishop Joseph Li Shan, mentioned, ‘The church authority must undergo the Chinese language Communist Celebration regime; one should hearken to the celebration.’ This newest spherical of persecution seeks to strictly management folks’s ideas,” Father Francis Liu from the Chinese language Christian Fellowship of Righteousness instructed the watchdog.
In accordance with Liu, the church buildings that had been raided over the weekend largely comply with reformed custom, which stresses the church’s independence, whereas some evangelical or charismatic home church buildings he is aware of firmly advocate for patriotism.
“Xi Jinping’s regime is petrified of many issues; one factor being folks with spiritual beliefs,” mentioned Gina Goh, ICC’s Regional Supervisor for Southeast Asia. ”They need to guarantee Chinese language residents are loyal to the CCP’s ideology and nothing else. This worry interprets into church crackdown, ‘re-education camps’ for Uyghurs, and demolition of Buddhist statues. Home church buildings are bracing themselves for probably the worst clampdown because the Cultural Revolution.”
As CBN’s Faithwire reported final month, authorities in China’s Hebei province destroyed an underground Catholic church after its chief refused to fall in step with the nation’s communist regime.
After the congregation did not adjust to the Chinese language Catholic Patriotic Affiliation, a state-sanctioned group giving President Xi Jinping management over parishes within the communist nation, authorities demolished the church whereas its chief, Dong Baolu, was within the hospital for hemiplegia.
Catholic church buildings – like all homes of worship within the nation – are solely allowed to function in China if they’re registered with the communist authorities and below its management.