Chinese Christians Meet Illegally, Left Without Church After Forced Government Closure

ZHUMADIAN, Henan (China Aid) Elderly Christians, incapable of traveling the long distance to a state-run church, were forced to meet illegally in their homes after officials banned their gathering place in China’s central Henan province.

Last May, authorities falsely accused a house church in a village in Zhumadian, Henan, of “heresy” and belonging to a cult and banned gatherings after receiving repeated false reports from members of the government-run Three-Self Church. A local Christian said the officials took the church property, such as chairs, to another church, forcibly uprooting the original church and accusing it of “heresy” and following the “wrong path” for establishing private religious locations.

At first, village officials gave the church permission to gather at a patch of land, but the official church intervened and tried to get the Christians to join their congregation. Following their church’s closure, the elderly members of the church began holding services in their homes, since the nearest Three-Self Church was too far for them to travel. However, they were forbidden to use their own residences, leaving them without a church.

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  • Amos Moses – He>i

    when man violates Gods law ….. go with Gods law ……….

    • Peter Leh

      or human law… free speech is a universal right.

  • Jack-b-Quicker

    Bravo, Christian Chinese people! May God always be with you. So glad you exist. Keep up the good fight. 🙂

  • Peter Leh

    And we american christians complain when we have to bake a cake.