Christians, churches under scrutiny as China increases persecution
|Pastor Su Tianfu (Photo: ChinaAid)|
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(Zhengzhou, Henan—Oct. 7, 2018) Persecution across China escalated as officials recently cracked down on churches in Henan, Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang.
Nearly 200 government-run churches in Xuji County, Xinyang, Henan, have been shut down, leaving only three such congregations in the area. In addition, those that are not under the government’s control, termed “house churches,” are facing steep challenges.
“House churches are not allowed to get registered and hold worship services now,” an anonymous Christian said. “The government sends police to patrol every village, so local churches have to move the worship to 4:30 a.m. so that it can be over before the patrol.”
“In fact, it becomes a heavy burden to the police station,” another local Christian said.