Church Members Vow legal, Constitutional Fight Following Fourth Chinese House Church Closure Since September
(Worthy News) - Members of Beijing’s Shouwang Church, which recently became the fourth Chinese house church to be closed since September, are “considering hiring lawyers” after the government proceeded to shut down their alternative worship location last week, according to a source at China Aid.
“This action by the government department’s personnel is totally inconsistent with the spirit of the [Chinese] constitution,” said the source.
The government declared Shouwang church illegal on March 23rd when it raided a Bible class and tightened restrictions on Pastor Jin Tianming, who has been under house arrest since 2011.
“Anti-China forces in the West are trying to continue to influence China’s social stability and even subvert our country’s political power through Christianity,” a Chinese official claimed last month in response to Western condemnations of the recent government clampdown on Christians and Uighur Muslims.
China has climbed 16 spots on Open Doors USA’s World Watch List since last year.