As the latest crackdown of Christians continues in China, the official has invaded another underground church third time this season.
As reported by South China Morning Post that 60 police officers and officials stormed Rongguili Church in Guangzhou last week during a children’s Bible class.
“Halfway through the children’s Bible class, we heard the footsteps of dozens of police and officials stomping up the stairs,” a Rongguili church member posted on social media.
“They read out law enforcement notices declaring our venue was an illegal gathering [that had engaged in] illegal publishing and illegal fundraising and confiscated all Bibles.”
Many cell phones were seized and the identity of the Christians were recorded.
A church member said; “They then verified our identities again and warned us not to return [to the church] before letting us go.”
It was reported that the authorities including representative from the Communist government’s education and religious affairs departments stayed in church until 8:00pm to confiscate the church property and books.
In a notice released by the Yuexiu district ethnic and religious affairs bureau stating that all activities at Rongguili Church have been suspended for violating the government’s regulations.
The church was founded by late pastor Samuel Lamb Xiangao in 1978 after being released from a Communist labor camp which has been a spiritual light to China over the past four decades.
The church is one of the major house churches in the country that has grew over thousands of worshippers every week.
“Samuel Lamb’s house church, after his release from prison in the late 1970s, was the leading and largest unregistered church in the south, just as Allen Yuen Xiangchen’s was in the north and in the capital of Beijing,” Hong Kong-based missionary John Short, told South China Morning Post.
“These two men, along with Moses Xi in Shanghai, led the post-Mao era of Christian revival in today’s China,” he said.
Rongguili Church’s raid comes just weeks after Chinese authorities shut down the 1,500-member Zion Church in Beijing in September and Chengdu’s 500-member Early Rain Covenant Church earlier this month.