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 House Church Forced to Disband Amid Continued Persecution from Chinese Authorities


A house church in China's southern Guangdong province that refused to join China's government-operated Protestant church was forced to shut down after continued harassment from authorities.

According to persecution watchdog China Aid, in May, authorities approached a house church leader in Dongguan, asking them to join the Three-Self Church (TSPM). Once churches join the TSPM, they must accept government supervision and obtain approval from the religious departments before holding any activities. In addition, the TSPM explicitly bans its members from bringing their children up in the Christian faith, labeling the practice "brainwashing."

When the pastor refused, authorities launched an investigation into the church's funding sources and ran background checks on its members. ...

read more: http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/69182/20161230/house-church-forced-to-disband-amid-continued-persecution-from-chinese-authorities.htm


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