Authorities in China have accused Christians in Guizhou of carrying out “illegal religious activities” and forced them to stop meeting together with immediate effect.
The Chinese authorities also confiscated furniture, a projector and other property. The Christians are all former members of Living Stone Church, as reported by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).
CSW said a notice issued by the authorities and dated 31 July 2019 states that the Christians were in violation of Article 40 of the Regulations on Religious Affairs.
CSW explained that Article 40 states religious activities should, “in general,” be held at sites approved for religious activities.
A local Christian told CSW that the regulations effectively outlaw unregistered house churches, because only churches under the state-sanctioned Three Self Patriotic Movement have sites for religious activities recognised by the government.
CSW reports Living Stone Church was an unregistered house church which started in 2009 in Guiyang City, Guizhou Province in southwest China.
The church grew rapidly with a membership of over 700 at its peak.
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SOURCE: Assist News