China: Church faces hefty fine as authorities continue crackdown on ‘unauthorized churches’

August 9, 2022

The Chinese Communist Party is working actively to destroy Christianity and replace it in the hearts, minds, and souls of the people of China.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in China, see here.

“Zhuhai House Church Faces Hefty Fine, Asks for Prayers,” International Christian Concern, August 4, 2022:

08/04/2022 China (International Christian Concern) – A house church in China’s Zhuhai, Guangdong province is facing a hefty fine as the authorities continue to crack down on “unauthorized churches” in the communist country.

Royal Wedding Church, established in 2006, was raided by Xiangzhou District Religious Affairs Bureau on September 27, 2016. The officials confiscated more than 40 computers and 300,000 RMB (44310 USD) at the time and subsequently arrested 13 coworkers including the pastor Wei Xiaomei and his husband. The couple, along with a staff Zhang Tao, were charged with “fraud” in 2017.

While the three Christians were released in October 2018 on probation, the authorities again slapped the 1500-member-strong church with several administrative punishment in 2021— confiscation, punishment, and overdue payment totaling 36 million RMB (5,317,200 USD).

Although the church has hired a legal team in response and the case went through hearing and administrative reconsideration phases, followed by an administrative litigation request to Zhuhai Intermediate People’s Court, no progress has been made.

On July 7, the three Christians received a prompting letter for “administrative compulsion enforcement,” demanding them to pay the hefty fine, or the court will conduct enforcement….