Henan Increases Pressure on Chinese House Church Gatherings

(ChinaAid) According to Christians in China’s central Henan province, the local public security bureaus and religious affairs bureaus have started targeting house church members with threats and fines since early February.

A new initiative in Nanyang, Henan, explicitly forbids any kind of religious gatherings in people’s homes. Anyone caught attending or hosting meetings outside of a registered religious venue will be subject to a fine of 30,000 yuan (U.S. $4,700). All Christians in the area are ordered to join an officially registered church.

China’s current religious policy dictates that only Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Protestant Christianity, and Catholicism, which are officially recognized by the State, are legal for citizens to participate in, and they may only do so in churches, mosques, or temples operated by the government. The official Chinese Protestant church is known as the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, named for its principles of self-governance (no recognition of religious authorities from outside China), self-support (no financial ties to foreign organizations), and self-propagation (no influence from foreign missionaries).

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  • robert boe

    I had given to China aid by way of V.O.M not to their ministry because I don’t know everything there teaching or preaching .I gave instead to help with lawyer fees and medical needs for those imprisoned. I think they did not understand my wishes for the money sent because they sent me ministry stuff as thank you and a lot of their ministry stuff they sent went against the Lutheran confessions, so I never dared send them any more money. I think if they devised a way to separate ministry giving from just humanitarian aid . it would be good for the people in need ..as you want to help other Christians with out helping their ministry that you can’t agree with or promote.

  • gt hya

    china is not a christian country. Christianity and all abrahamic religions are unwelcome in china. you cause so much probelms already globally with all your religious wars we dont need that sort of thing here. we already have our own religions like Buddhism Confucianism and Taoism to fill in the moral void (hopefully the govt can revive them) but we dont need your dogmatic abrahamic beliefs forced on us. Abraham religions NEVER know how to coexist with other religions and they always think they are above the law, but Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism have been coexisting for thousands of years.