Authorities in China have accused Christians in Guizhou of carrying out ‘illegal religious activities’ and forced them to stop meeting together with immediate effect. Authorities also confiscated furniture, a projector and other property. The Christians are all former members of Living Stone Church.
A notice issued by the authorities and dated 31 July 2019 states that the Christians were in violation of Article 40 of the Regulations on Religious Affairs. Article 40 states that religious activities should “in general” be held at sites approved for religious activities. A local Christian told CSW that the regulations effectively outlaw unregistered house churches, because only churches under the state-sanctioned Three Self Patriotic Movement have sites for religious activities recognised by the government.