China: Officials raid church, beat Christians, use brutal force against women, and ban the church

May 6, 2020

Persecution of Christians in China: The Chinese government has been acting with even greater impunity against Christians since the coronavirus pandemic began. Its attempt to create a form of Christianity with “Chinese characteristics” is a matter of grave concern also for all the Christians of the country, including the tiny community of Orthodox Christians in China. The Chinese government is clearly trying to remake Christianity into a pliant tool of the Communist Party. The Orthodox churches in China could be closed at any time at the whim of local officials, and Orthodox Christians taken into custody.

China offers yet another instance of the persecution of Christians by governing officials that is unfortunately on the increase not only in China, but in all too many other nations around the world.

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

“Updated: Violence erupts when officials raid church,” China Aid, May 3, 2020:

(Xiamen, Fujian—May 3, 2020) Violence erupted at a church in Xiamen, Fujian province when officials burst into a service.

In a video taken at the scene, officers and attendees of Xingguang Church shout as they engage in a physical altercation. As they block the entrance, officials drag a Christian to the door, with other congregants fighting along with him.

The Christian men guarding the door were beaten and pinned down. Officers confiscated phones and used brutal force against some Christian women as well.

Xingguang Church’s meeting place is located in a private residence, and neighbors of the location where the service was being held filmed the encounter. Police broke down barriers and dragged brought three people out.

During the proceedings, the officers did not show any warrants. The church was later banned….