07/16/2020 China (International Christian Concern) – On July 15, a house church leader in Hebei province received an official warning from the sub-district office, reminding him that he cannot join service and conduct Bible study at unauthorized religious venues.
According to a document shared by the Chinese Christian Fellowship of Righteousness (CCFR), Wang Hongze received the warning from the Fenggang sub-district office in Nangong city yesterday, quoting the Regulations of Religious Affairs enacted by the State Council in 2018, warning him that “Those that have not obtained or have lost religious professional credentials, must not engage in activity as religious professionals; Non-religious groups, non-religious schools, non-religious activity sites, or non-designated temporary activity sites must not hold religious activities, must not accept religious donations.”
Meanwhile, on July 12, local authorities in Huainan city in Anhui province notified the elderly members of a Three-Self church that their cross will soon be removed.
In a video shared by CCFR, a man dressed in black can be seen having an argument with members of the church sitting at the road leading to their church. At one point, the man asked the woman filming the dispute not to film anymore. An elderly woman also protested about the impending cross removal.
In recent months, Anhui province has removed hundreds of crosses from state-approved churches, as the government tries to “Sinicize” the churches by removing religious symbols and images.
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