China: In August, a New Crackdown on Churches in Guangdong

September 1, 2023

For background on Orthodox Christianity in China, see here.

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

“In August, a New Crackdown on House Churches in Guangdong,” by Qi Junzao, Bitter Winter, August 28, 2023:

In August, Elder Zhu Longfei of Shunde’s Shengjia Church was detained, Guangzhou’s Huajing Church was banned, and Meizhou’s New Hope Church was raided and sealed.

The authorities in China continue to try, based on indications coming from Xi Jinping himself at the 2021 National Conference on Work Related to Religious Affairs, to compel house churches to join the government-controlled Three-Self Church—or else. A campaign against independent house churches has been conducted this month of August in Guangdong province.

Zhu Longfei, an elder of the Shengjia Church, located in the Shunde District of the prefecture-level city of Foshan, Guangdong, was detained on August 8. This is part of the calvary of Shengjia Church, which seems to have no end. The Shunde church was repeatedly “invited” to join the Three-Self Church and refused….

On May 24, 2023, the Shengjia Mutual Learning and Mutual Aid Center, i.e., the Bible study training class of the Shengjia Church, was raided by dozens of agents of the national security, the Shunde District Police, and the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Bureau. The church teaching and study materials were confiscated, and the church was sealed. Pastor Deng Yanxiang, Wang Weicai, and church workers Zhu Jianglong and Sister Zhu Qiaoling were detained. On May 25, all four were charged by the Shunde District Police with “illegal business operations,” now a popular trumped-up charge against house church leaders….