Shenzhen house church service disrupted

Thursday, July 2, 2015

China Aid
By Rachel Ritchie

(Shenzhen, Guangdong—July 2, 2015) A Christian house church service in China’s southern Guangdong province was disrupted by authorities who claimed the gathering was “illegal” in late June.

Gatherings, such as this one in Shaoyang, 
Henan, are often raided by authorities
who claim the meeting is illegal.
(China Aid Stock Photo)
Glory Christian Church in Shenzhen held a Sunday gathering on June 21 when officers from the Shenzhen Religious Affairs Bureau and the Shenzhen Public Security Bureau came to the church. The authorities told the church’s leader, Pastor Lu, that the worship service was illegal because the church wasn’t registered with the Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM), a government organization with which Protestant churches must register in order to be considered legitimate. The church was also ordered to stop meeting.

A church member told China Aid’s Hong Kong reporter that Pastor Lu has frequently been pressured to join the local TSPM. Pastor Lu rejected the request to join the TSPM again on June 21.

The church member also said that police warned some of the church’s 500 members not to attend church activities because of the church’s lack of permit. In the meantime, the church is without a meeting place.

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