China: 'Another branch of Early Rain Covenant Church closed'

Early Rain Covenant Church Pastor Wang Yi (right) at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., in 2006.
Wang and around 160 members of his church were arrested in December 2018 as Chinese officials
cracked down on their church. (Photo: ChinaAid)

Posted at ChinaAid:

(Dazhou, Sichuan—Jan. 5, 2018) Authorities in Dazhou, a city in China’s southwestern Sichuan province, forcibly closed a branch of the continually persecuted Early Rain Covenant Church on Dec. 16.

In a closure notice posted on the church’s door, the local ethnic and religious affairs bureau claimed Haotudi Evangelical Church organized illegitimate religious events, allegedly violating the nation’s Regulations on Religious Affairs. As a result, they closed the church and urged the Christians to join one of the state-run and censored churches, known as Three-Self Churches.

Haotudi Evangelical Church is an offshoot of Early Rain Covenant Church, a large conglomerate of unofficial churches based in the province’s capital, Sichuan...