China to Stamp Out 5 'Illegal Social Organizations,' Including House Churches
Christian Headlines- China is launching a new campaign to rid the country of "illegal social organizations," a category that includes millions of Christians who worship in illegal house churches.
According to International Christian Concern, the new campaign targets organizations that are not registered with the government but have "carried out activities in the name of a social organization, private non-enterprise unit or foundation." House churches are one of the targeted groups, ICC reported.
Churches in China are required to register with the government and join either the Three-Self Patriotic Movement (for Protestants) or the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. But because such churches face severe restrictions – including limits on what pastors can say and a ban on attendance by children – millions of Christians worship in underground "house" churches. Some meet in homes, others in buildings.
"In the eyes of the Chinese government, any religious group that refuses to submit to the CCP, or even charity groups, are seen as 'illegal organizations,' for the government is fearful ....READ MORE
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