Another underground church in China was raided this week by government authorities who arrested worshiping Christians as the country’s Communist crackdown continues, China Aid reports.
The Christian persecution watchdog group, which seeks to expose religious freedom abuses in China, reports that Morningstar Church in China’s southern Guangxi province was raided on Wednesday morning.
Many Christians present, including the church’s leaders, were said to have been detained by authorities.
No update on the situation was available by press time. But as of early morning Thursday, none of the arrested Christians had been released, according to China Aid.
The closing of Morningstar Church comes as Chinese authorities continue to crack down on underground houses of worship that are not affiliated with state-run church organizations.
Shouwang Church, a popular house church in Beijing, said to be attended by over 1,000 people, was shut down in March after officials raided Bible classes at two different locations, changed the locks and told the congregants not to worship together again.
Last year, authorities closed down Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, arrested its pastor Wang Yi and 160 church members.
As the church is attended by thousands, Early Rain Covenant members were also arrested earlier this year as they continued to meet for worship.
Earlier this month, authorities released Jiang Rong, wife of pastor Wang Yi, after six months in incarceration. She was able to reunite with the couple’s 11-year-old son.
Wang remains in “secret detention” with other members of the church. Wang and his wife have reportedly been accused of subverting state powers, a charge that can be punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith