A new strategy has raised the level of fear among the church in China. Anyone renting to a house church can be punished with a steep fine – up to $45,000. The measure, supported with much publicity, has left many churches homeless.

A Christian from an impoverished household in Luanchuan County used to host small religious gatherings throughout the year. When she saw banners displayed throughout the city threatening to impose huge fines, she stopped, fearing that she would be unable to find the money for the penalty.

In another case, the police and local officials have been harassing the landlady of a house church meeting venue in Jinshui district of Henan’s Zhengzhou city since last year. Her property was used by a church which has more than 100 congregation members.

The authorities demanded she stop allowing the Christians to use her property. At first the woman refused to obey, so in April, officials told her that “religious issues are political” and threatened to fine her if she continued renting the venue to believers. The landlady said that officials would call her practically every day to put pressure on her, they even threatened to arrest her. The woman was told that even after she ousts the believers from her property, she will still have to report to authorities when she rents out the building again. Pressured and intimidated, the landlady had no choice but to obey, and the house church ceased gathering in April.

“We have the largest number of house churches in Henan. The government is implementing such severe measures in its crackdown to eradicate house churches completely,” a member of a house church commented.

Similar situations have occurred in various regions. Sometimes, the police don’t even need to appear in person to shut down a church: a threatening phone call is sufficient to make the landlord fear repercussions.

For house churches that generally rent their venues, the suppression tactic to threaten landlords with hefty fines is detrimental – they are left with no place to congregate.

Source: Bitter Winter

  • Thank the Lord that nothing can come against the work of His Holy Spirit in building His church.
  • Pray the believers will be granted other opportunities to meet. Pray they will continue to be faithful in encouraging one another.
  • Pray the witness of the Christians in China may be used by the Lord to encourage many in authority to examine the Scriptures for themselves.

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Janet Brumby
Janet Brumby

‘”You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
… and on this rock I will build My church, AND THE GATES OF HADES SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT.”‘
Matthew 16:16 …18

Ogwang Napoleon
Ogwang Napoleon

When God say yes,no one can say no.His will,will never fail.Daniel 3:23-25.

Ogwang Napoleon
Ogwang Napoleon

Any circumstances in our christian life,whether being persecutions, sickness,lameness,unbearable conditions which seem it is a delay,it is not denieal when appointed time of God to intervene.It will never be denied.Act :1-10.And John 9:8-12.Act 12:5-11.Our God is a real and powerful one who can deliver you from any situations of persecutions when we continue praying and being righteous before him.Therefore let us all come and join up in prayer for our fellow christian who are suffering in China so that God should take control.

Ann Johnstone
Ann Johnstone

God will make a way where there seems to be no way. And the door he opens no man can shut. Even if only two or three people meet together in Jesus’ name, He is with you.