China continues to demonstrate its desire to eliminate the Christian Church.
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that authorities in Beijing in late April arrested two Zion Church preachers and placed them in detention. According to ICC, preachers Qie Jiafu and Huang Chunzi were removed from their homes by police – and as of last week, members of the church have been unable to learn the motive behind their detentions.
"This church was one of the biggest house churches in Beijing, and it was already disbanded, actually, in September of 2018," reports ICC spokeswoman Gina Goh. "At that time, it was accused of gathering illegally, and its pastor has been kind of put under watch for about three years. The pastor cannot leave the country. His name is Ezra Jin."
Jin's daughter was set to report to Washington and Lee University School of Law in Virginia, but she was denied travel reportedly to avoid creating national security problems.
"Chinese government continues to target house churches because their aim is to actually make sure all these house churches are shut down and that they will join the Three-Self state-sanctioned church," Goh adds.
The Three-Self Patriotic Movement is the government's version of a Protestant church in which congregants must sing patriotic songs and pastors have to glorify the state while working in a Christian message and quoting a few scriptures. They also have to be familiar with President Xi Jinping's thinking, which Goh says is forcing the church to become his own personal cult.