According to Christians who attend house churches in several Chinese provinces, persecution from government officials is on the increase.
ChinaAid is a U.S. based ministry monitoring persecution in China. The ministry reports one house church in the provincial capital of China’s southern Guangdong province has been pressured by police at least six separate times since the beginning of January to stop meeting.
A missionary, who wishes to remain unidentified, claims police have disrupted church gatherings twice a week since the beginning of January. The police have warned church members to stop worshiping.
The unidentified missionary says he did try to go to the police authorities and explain that the mission and ministry of the church, stating to a deputy police official that church members simply read the Bible and pray and do not engage in any political activism.
The missionary says despite his witness, the police are continuing to come to the church and warn the congregation not to gather.
China Aid also quotes officials from the church as saying three church members were called to the District Public Security Bureau last May, and accused of preaching the Gospel.