07/21/2021 China (International Christian Concern) – Recently, a house church in Guiyang City, Guizhou province hosted a memorial service for an elderly Christian at a local funeral home. Before the start of the service, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials raided the venue, confiscated religious memorabilia, and removed items imprinted with crosses and religious phrases. They also banned prayer, hymn singing, and Scripture reading from the service.
According to China Aid, on the day of the funeral, CCP personnel stood outside the entrance to the funeral home and banned the Christians from bringing in musical instruments. They threatened the band, saying, “You are responsible for the results if you bring any musical instruments in.”
Instances of persecution in Guiyang have increased drastically over the past few years. CCP officials regularly raid house churches, Sunday worship services, and the homes of pastors, elders, and Christians. As a result, many people who profess their faith in Jesus have been arrested. However, this is the first instance of a funeral being raided by the CCP, which indicates the increase in the CCP’s suppression of Christianity.
Despite intensifying the crackdown on Christianity, the CCP has begun to approve more local customs and practices of Buddhism and Daoism, including the playing of gongs and drums and the burning of incense.
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