China House churches barred from holding services over 3 month Olympics period

Jenna Lyle is reporting in Christian Today

A number of house church leaders in China have been forced to sign a written agreement declaring that they will not hold services whilst the Olympic Games take place in Beijing.

The document was put together by Chinese government officials, according to China Aid Association (CAA), a ministry that works to support China’s persecuted believers.

The agreement asks the house church leaders to “refrain from organising and joining illegal gatherings and refrain from receiving donations, sermons and preaching from overseas religious organisations and groups”, reports CAA.

The prohibition, however, restricts the house church leaders well beyond the Olympics, spanning three months in total.

CAA said that house church members would be subject to disciplinary action from the Chinese Government if they failed to adhere to the agreement.

China: House churches barred from holding services over Olympics period

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