Repression against Christian churches throughout China is on the upswing generally as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) seeks to crush that nation’s fastest growing faith.
Bitter Winter, a religious freedom watchdog group, reports that regime officials are forcing churches to remove their crosses.
“One church member in Anhui told Bitter Winter that China fears Christians will ‘unite with foreigners against the state,’ according to the Christian Headlines (CH) digital news outlet.
“’As crosses are being removed throughout the country, those who refuse to cooperate will be accused of opposing the Communist Party,’ the church member said. ‘We are pressured to give up our faith, but we will persevere.’
“Churches in China must register with the government and join either the Three-Self Patriotic Movement or the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. Because state-registered churches face severe restrictions, millions of Christians worship in illegal underground churches,” CH reported.
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