Chinese Authorities Shut Down Fuzhou House Church After 14 Years of Harassment and Persecution

A notice posted by the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Bureau of Gulou district in Fuzhou city on May 12, stating that the church has been shut down

The Chinese government doesn’t seem to care a whit about the holidays its people celebrate, which is seemingly evident in its crackdown on the Fuzhou Reformed Church on Mother’s Day Sunday.

Video: The police seized all the Bibles and other books in the meeting venue

The police are driving away the believers

On May 12, more than 30 government personnel stood guard at a meeting venue in the Aviation Building in the Gulou district of Fuzhou city, in southeast Fujian Province, prohibiting Christians from entering. To top it all off, over 20 police officers stormed into the meeting venue and ordered all the believers in attendance to leave; they also seized over 200 books, including Bibles and hymnbooks. The police then forcibly took away the church’s elders and a few co-workers.

“I’m in charge of ideology. I specialize in making people believe in the Communist Party. You should change your boss [he meant God] and join the Communist Party,” an official from the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Bureau told Fuzhou congregants, as one of them reported to Bitter Winter. And: “This place has been shut down. If you still don’t leave, you will be arrested,” a police officer shouted at believers unwilling to leave.

After shuttering the church, police posted a notice at the site’s entrance, notifying believers of its closure.

According to a report by ChinaAid, at least 15 other house churches received the same treatment over Mother’s Day, including Xunsiding Church in Fujian’s Xiamen city, on China’s southeast coast. Some of the other closed-down religious houses included the Ren’ai Reformed Church in Guiyang city in southwest Guizhou Province; the Zhu’en Reformed Church in Chengdu city in southwest Sichuan Province; and Jinxiangtan Church in Xiangtan city in south-central Hunan Province. All are a part of a unified crackdown campaign by the CCP

It stands for Chinese Communist Party, which from 1949 controls all social and political life in China. Members of CCP should in principle be self-proclaimed atheists. The ultimate goal of CCP is suppression of religion. However, how this goal is achieved has varied during time, and after Chairman Mao’s death the CCP has acknowledged that, notwithstanding its efforts, religions may survive in China for a long time.

“>CCP, which is targeting house churches nationwide. Some Christians told Bitter Winter they fear the large-scale crackdown is related to the approaching the sensitive June 4 period—the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

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SOURCE: Bitter Winter, An Xin