Chinese Christians in Anhui are said to be “outraged” after their state-registered megachurch was demolished and their pastors arrested.
Demolition work began at Funan County Christian Church last Friday, partway through a worship service.
Elderly church members knelt down in front of the church, begging officials not to destroy the building. Several fainted and required hospital treatment.
Pastors Geng Yimin and Sun Yongyao were arrested the next day on suspicion of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order”. Their church could seat up to 3,000 people.
According to ChinaAid Director Bob Fu, “The Chinese Government is now ordering believers to worship in a remote endangered building which can only host a few hundred people”. Many Christians, including those in Funan, are too afraid to speak out for fear of more persecution.
Sources: ChinaAid, Release International
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