A Chinese house church has been ordered to close down by local officials in Dazhou, Sichuan province.
It is not surprising to see such actions taken by the Communist Party of China as they continue to juggle the massive rise in Christianity among their citizens.
Members of the house church are questioning the legality of the closure as, according to Chinese regulations regarding churches, if the congregation is fewer than 50 people they are not required to register with the state.
The Chinese church has faced a multitude of persecution cases within the last couple of years. The most notable has been the systematic removal of crosses and church buildings in Zhejiang province, which has seen over 1,500 crosses removed and nearly 400 buildings destroyed.
Sources: Christian Today, International Christian Concern