Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Mega-church destroyed in crackdown on Christians

Mega-church destroyed in crackdown on Christians

Authorities in northern China have demolished another church, sparking fears that the officially atheist Communist Party may be enforcing a campaign against Christianity.

On Sunday, police cordoned off the area around the Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen, before detonating the explosives that were placed inside.

An official at the local religious affairs bureau denied the demolition took place, the Voice of America reported.

Bob Fu said the repeated persecution of Golden Lampstand Church demonstrates that the Chinese government has no respect for religious freedom or human rights. "Officials often prosecute such choices, however, and some of Golden Lampstand Church's leaders have been imprisoned for one to seven years, simply for serving at their church", ChinaAid said in a statement on Jan.9.

China has been targeting unregistered churches such as Golden Lampstand. Millions of Christians, Buddhists and Muslims also worship in state-sanctioned assemblies. Chinese authorities are about to implement new law for religions. This indicates that the order to destroy the church came from China's top officials instead of the less-powerful local authorities.

Another Catholic church was pulverized in Shaanxi in province last month.

The Church was surrounded by officials, while cranes and bulldozers which methodically reduced the large building to rubble, according to a witness who spoke to RFA.

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He said: "My heart was sad to see this demolition and now I worry about more churches being demolished, even my own".

The charity explained that a similar demolition of a Catholic church past year has made Christians worry that "the central government will begin ordering the mass destruction of church buildings nationwide as new religious regulations go into effect next month".

ChinaAid said that the building was built by the married evangelists Wang Xiaoguang and Yang Rongli with almost $3 million in contributions from local Christians, but that it had never been registered with the authorities, a legal requirement. He later heard a loud explosion. "Now, we really have no idea what is going to happen", Yang Rongli told a ChinaAid reporter.

The couple had been preaching around Linfen since 1992, establishing congregations in improvised spaces such as factory dormitories and greenhouses.

State media at the time said the church leaders were charged with illegally occupying farmland and disturbing traffic order.

The demolition prompted more 100 church members to protest in front of government offices this week.

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