Church Crackdown in China Continues after Lifting Lockdown

Crackdown of churches continues rapidly in China even after lifting Lockdown in this season of pandemic, reports says crosses were removed and churches where closed down in Southeastern province of Jiangxi.

Between April 18 and 30, Bitter Winter reported that nothing less than 48 churches and believers meeting venues were put under lock and keys by the government authorities in Yugan county where 10 percent of over one million population attend over 300 officially registered Three-Self churches.

According to Christian Post a member of a local Three-Self church, who was not identified, said that officials, including the mayor, of the Shegeng town stormed the church in April and forcibly removed its podium, cross and all other religious symbols.

“Some congregation members wept in distress,” the believer said. “If you try to protest, they will accuse you of fighting against the Communist Party and the central government.”

A believer in Yugan’s Daxi township told the magazine that a village Party secretary told area Christians that authorities wanted to shut down churches and demolish crosses because “there were too many believers in the county.”

“When so many believe in God, who will listen to the Communist Party? There is no other choice but to remove crosses from your churches,” he quoted the secretary as saying.

On Open Doors USA’s World Watch List, China is ranked as one of the worst countries in the world when it comes to persecution of Christians. The organization notes that all churches are perceived as a threat if they become too large, too political, or invite foreign guests.

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