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Chinese government shuts down underground churches to ‘transform thoughts’ of Christians

CHINESE authorities are clamping down on underground churches and threatening to “transform the thoughts” of Christians who do not comply.

The communist party strictly monitors religion with Christians expected to attend state-approved churches.

But unverified reports found on Chinese social media show a wave of underground churches have begun to thrive as Christians turn their back on the China Christian Council.

Government officials are said to be ready to crack down on unregistered churches ordering priests to report to the council.

According to leaked reports, Chinese Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping emphasised the importance of the state handling religious matters in a recent meeting. understands if unregistered churches are not willing to be guided by the council they will be put on record by the secretive regime under new government proposals to deal with unregistered churches.

In a chilling order “if unregistered churches are not willing to be managed by the government or guided by China Christian Council, the government shall guide and transform their thoughts”.

Chinese authorities are also expected to take a hard line on “extreme religious thoughts” and “external influences”.

Open Doors UK, a Christian advocacy charity, said: “Jinping reiterated that China shall maintain various religions independent from external influences, avoid being influenced by extreme religious thoughts and assimilate religions with the socialism with Chinese characteristics.”

Authorities in Zhejiang Province


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