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House Church Historian Denied ID Card   Published in 2006
Zhang Yinan February 17 (Compass) – When Chinese house church historian Zhang Yinan applied for a passport in order to attend a prayer breakfast in Washington this month, police immediately surrounded his house and even followed his wife to the ....
Light and Shade   Published in 2005
December 30 (Compass) – Confusing and seemingly conflicting reports continue to appear regarding China’s state of religious liberty – or lack of it. Compass interviewed house church leaders in six major cities in October. These leaders – ....
Priests, Nuns Brutally Assaulted   Published in 2005
December 21 (Compass) – Mobs attacked nuns in Xi’an and priests in Tianjin during the past month as the Roman Catholics peacefully tried to settle property disputes with the government. At press time, Chinese police surrounded a group of Catholic ....
Pastor Cai Zhuohua December 16 (Compass) – Pastor Cai Zhuohua and two other Christian relatives found guilty on November 8 of “illegal business practices” were summoned to appear at a second trial on November 30. Reasons for granting the second ....
Pastor Cai Zhuohua November 16 (Compass) – Pastor Cai Zhuohua and two other Christians found guilty on November 8 of “illegal business practices” have dropped plans to appeal their conviction, two days before a legal deadline for the appeal. A ....
November 15 (Compass) – Beijing authorities on November 4 ordered a Chinese legal firm to suspend activities for a year, hours after top lawyer Gao Zhisheng filed court documents in defense of Pastor Cai Zhuohua. Four days later, Cai and three ....
LEGAL RESTRICTIONS “Here in March the government imposed itself on religion, and the house churches have suffered restrictions. Those not attending the Three Self [government-controlled] churches will be fined. I made up my mind that if things ....
Home of migrant workers near a factory in northern ChinaJuly 28 (Compass) -- China is witnessing a rising anger against official corruption and a growing determination to stand up for basic rights. Signs are emerging that unregistered Protestant and ....
July 20 (Compass) -- Wide-ranging persecution of Chinese Christians in recent months has dashed hopes of greater religious freedom from a new law on religion that took effect in March. China adopted the new Regulations on Religious Affairs on March ....
May 17 (Compass) -- Pope John Paul II died with one of his dearest wishes unfulfilled -- to visit China. Catholics in the world’s most populous country are now wondering how the election of his close conservative associate, Cardinal Ratzinger, now ....
Letters   Published in 2005
March 18 (Compass) Anhui “In July [2004] while the house church was having a Bible study, suddenly the police came in. The church warmly welcomed them and led them to the best seats. The police heard nothing wrong, but they said someone had made an ....
March 9 (Compass) -- On March 1, China adopted the new Regulations on Religious Affairs, first announced by the government in December 2004. The government claims the new regulations are a step towards religious freedom. However, some Christian ....
January 17 (Compass) -- China has announced a new law, which comes into effect on March 1, governing the freedom of religion. The government first announced the new Religious Affairs Provisions on November 30, 2004, according to a mid-December ....
Tightening Control on Religion   Published in 2004
Christianity has grown recently in ChinaNovember 16 (Compass) — Last week before his resignation as U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell said relations between China and the U.S. were at the best point they had been in more than 30 years, according ....
Beijing store displays postersNovember 9 (Compass) — In a two-day international conference on religion and law held in Beijing on October 18 and 19, Chinese officials said they were open to changes in religious policy. During the conference, Zhang ....
November 9 (Compass) -- Chinese officials meeting at a two-day international conference on religion and law on October 18 and 19 announced they were open to changes in religious policy. However, Ji Wenyuan, deputy director of the State ....
September 20 (Compass) — The relatives of three Christians being held in labor camps in mainland China have appealed to local authorities for an explanation of their crimes. A letter of appeal was also received by Christians in Hong Kong, detailing ....
September 20 (Compass) — The relatives of three Christian men being held in labor camps in mainland China have appealed to local authorities for an explanation of their crimes. A written appeal was also sent to Christians in Hong Kong in May ....
August 25 (Compass) — Evidence is emerging of a renewed crackdown on “illegal religious activities” in China and a tightening of controls on academic and media activities related to religion. Several government meetings held this year have ....
Tightens Control Over Christianity   Published in 2004
August 25 (Compass) — A serious situation regarding religious liberty has been quietly developing in China. Many had hoped that the Communist Party’s religious policy — and especially its attitude towards the Christian church — would liberalize in ....
Religious Movement is Questioned   Published in 2004
August 6 (Compass) — Mr. Xu Shuangfu, leader of the well-known Three Grades of Servant (TGS) movement in China, was arrested in April 2004 along with 90 other co-workers and followers. Some overseas reports immediately tagged the TGS movement as an ....
Religious Movement is Questioned   Published in 2004
August 6 (Compass) — Mr. Xu Shuangfu, leader of the well-known Three Grades of Servant (TGS) movement in China, was arrested in April 2004 along with 90 other co-workers and followers. Some overseas reports immediately tagged the TGS movement as an ....
Samuel Lamb shares his testimonyJuly 19 (Compass) — Chinese authorities detained and interrogated well-known house church leader Samuel Lamb, or Lin Xiangao as he is known within China, after worship services on Sunday, June 13. Ten of his younger ....
July 19 (Compass) -- Chinese authorities detained and interrogated well-known house church leader Samuel Lamb after worship services on Sunday, June 13. Ten of his co-workers were also detained and interrogated. This is the first time in 14 years ....
Chinese police arrested 100 church leaders June 28 (Compass) — Chinese police arrested 100 house church leaders on the afternoon of June 11 as they gathered for a retreat in the central city of Wuhan. The retreat was organized by the China Gospel ....
June 28 (Compass) — Chinese police arrested 100 house church leaders on June 11 as they gathered for a retreat in the central city of Wuhan. Xing Jinfu, 39, who has already been arrested three times in the past for church related activities, was ....
Xu Guoxing Released from Labor Camp   Published in 2004
June 28 (Compass) — Philip Xu Guoxing, a prominent leader of an unregistered house church movement based in Shanghai, was released June 7 from labor camp in Jiangsu province. Xu had served 18 months in the camp for setting up unregistered house ....
May 10 (Compass) — Chinese Christians gave evidence of persecution at a special meeting called by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in April. The speakers included Xu Yongze of the Born Again house church movement and Brother Yun, ....
March 4 (Compass) — In April 2002, the China Gospel Fellowship (CGF) attracted world-wide attention when 34 of its top leaders were kidnapped by the cult known as Eastern Lightning, also known as Lightning from the East (which preaches that Christ ....
February 10 (Compass) — In recent years, the religious policies of the Chinese Communist Party have drifted further away from modern reality, reflecting the dogmatism of the Maoist era rather than the dynamic growth in religion across China. ....
February 9 (Compass) — A survey carried out in recent months by leaders of the official Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) church in Beijing showed that house churches are multiplying in the city. China’s Religious Affairs Bureau (RAB) had asked ....
(Compass) -- Registration is still a hot issue for China’s long-suffering house churches. The government insists on registration as the only means of legal existence for churches. Registration means subjection to the Communist Party’s Religious ....
Christian Dies in Police Custody   Published in 2003
(Compass) — Reliable sources have confirmed the death of a house church Christian in police custody on October 30. Mrs. Zhang Hongmei, 33, was arrested by local police in Dongmiaodong village on October 29. Police summoned Zhang’s family and asked ....
(Compass) — China’s rural house churches are reeling from the impact of rapid urbanization. The flow of young peasants to the cities in search of employment has become a tidal-wave. When the communists came to power in China in 1949, only 10 percent ....
Bishop Steps Up Attacks on the Gospel   Published in 2003
(Compass) — Bishop Ding, the most influential leader of the state-controlled Chinese “Three Self” Protestant church, has significantly stepped up his anti-Christian “theological construction” campaign in recent months. A lecture delivered at the ....
(Compass) — Any hope that the new state leadership in China, headed by President Hu Jintao, would usher in more liberal policies towards religious believers appears to be premature. A senior house church leader interviewed in October confirmed that ....
(Compass) — Officers of China’s Public Security Bureau (PSB) arrested 170 Christians at a rural house church meeting in Nanyang, Henan province, on September 2. A source in China reported that most of the detainees were fined, fingerprinted, warned ....
Three House Church Leaders Arrested   Published in 2003
(Compass) -- On July 13, police raided a house church in Xiaoshan City, China, at 4 a.m. while Christians were meeting for Sunday prayer and worship. At least three church leaders were arrested. Eighty-year-old Shen Shaocheng, who helped found the ....
Another Month of Arrests   Published in 2003
(Compass) — At least 53 members of unregistered house churches were arrested during the month of June in China. Twelve members of an unregistered house church movement were arrested on June 6, according to the group “Human Rights in China.” The ....
New Law Worries Hong Kong Christians   Published in 2003
(Compass) — On July 1, half a million people poured onto the streets of Hong Kong in angry but peaceful demonstrations against new laws banning treason, subversion and sedition. The imposition of harsh anti-subversion laws has serious implications ....
Official Bible Printing Reduced   Published in 2003
(Compass) — Official Bible production in China has quietly diminished by more than 20 percent over the past three years. The Amity Printing Company based in Nanjing, which prints an annual quota of Bibles, says that 519,493 copies were printed in ....
(Compass) — Officials at China’s Ministry of Justice have denied claims that Pastor Gong Shengliang, currently held in Jingzhou prison, Hubei province, has been tortured. They made the statement in response to an emergency appeal that Amnesty ....
Raids Continue on Worship Services   Published in 2003
(Compass) — On Sunday, May 11, Public Security officers raided a house church meeting in Anshan city in the northeast province of Liaoning. About 40 Christians were tied up and their names recorded. They were released the same night but told that ....
(Compass) — The SARS virus has not distracted Chinese officials from their campaign against unregistered churches. At least 52 key house church leaders have been arrested in recent months. In a March 25 raid on a house church meeting in southern ....
Police Conspire with Cult   Published in 2003
(Compass) — Lightning from the East, China’s most dangerous secret cult, infiltrates house churches and tries to destroy them. Christian leaders have suffered blackmail, kidnapping, beatings and physical injury as a result of this activity. In April ....
(Compass) — In China, cinemas and theatres are closed. Classrooms are empty, restaurants and business centers are deserted. Residents in major cities remain indoors, fearful of contracting the SARS virus. On May 12 the total number of cases on the ....
(Compass) — About 50,000 Protestant churches and meeting points have been officially registered with the Chinese government. However, opposition, corruption and bureaucratic regulations are all hurdles which Christians must overcome if they desire ....
(Compass) -- Philip Xu Guoxing, a prominent Shanghai house church leader, was arrested at his home on December 8 while worshipping with some 20 other Christians. Police confiscated Christian books, videos, a computer and furnishings from the house. ....
(Compass) -- According to the Communist Chinese internal magazine People’s Security Report, 176 house church Christians were detained in mass arrests conducted in December 2002 and January 2003. On Christmas Day, police in Henan province learned of ....
Harsh Persecution Documented   Published in 2003
(Compass) — The New York-based Committee for Investigation on Persecution of Religion in China has released detailed reports from persecuted Christians in China, revealing that in the three-month period between June and August 2002, 182 house church ....
(Compass) — A confidential document entitled “Work Plan of the Baoding Municipal Public Security Bureau to Prohibit Christian Illegal Activities” calls for specific action against unregistered house church Christians in Hebei province in the months ....
Churches Expect No New Freedoms   Published in 2002
(Compass) — The Sixteenth Communist Party Congress closed in Beijing with Hu Jintao, 59, replacing Jiang Zemin, 76, as general secretary. However, the aging Jiang seems set to maintain his grip on power, and China’s many believers cannot expect any ....
Law Abets Persecution of Christians   Published in 2002
(Compass) — A senior Chinese house church leader has expressed serious concern about the ongoing persecution of house church believers. For years, the police in many rural areas of central China have arrested Christians worshipping in unregistered ....
Persecution Continues   Published in 2002
(Compass) — Reports from many parts of China speak of arbitrary arrests and imprisonment of unregistered Christians. “The police poured boiling water over one evangelist in north China recently,” reported one house church elder. According to an ....
(Compass) — Four female leaders of the South China Church were declared innocent by the Hubei Provincial Court on October 11, 2002. However, only hours after their release they were re-arrested by the Public Security Bureau and sent off to three ....
Evangelical Beliefs Under Attack   Published in 2002
(Compass) -- “Theological construction” has now been officially enshrined as one of the top priorities for China’s state-controlled Protestant church, according to an article in Tianfeng, China’s only national Christian monthly magazine. In the ....
(Compass) -- Nanjing Seminary has long been the flagship seminary in China for training theological students to obey the Communist Party line. On April 18, one of the students delivered a message at the college chapel and launched a broadside ....
(Compass) -- Christians in the city of Chongqing have been scandalized by a case of sexual abuse involving the chairman of a local Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) church committee. The story, published in the official Chinese Christian magazine ....
(Compass) -- It appears Chinese President Jiang Zemin will cling to power in China for at least another five years thanks to backing from ideologically conservative military leaders. Reports that Hu Jintao would take over the leadership of the ....
(Compass) — Churches are thriving in independent Mongolia, but the church worldwide often forgets neighboring Inner Mongolia, a part of China with over 4 million Mongol residents that is tightly control by Chinese authorities. The Protestant church ....
Conspiracy or Compassion?   Published in 2002
(Compass) — Hundreds of thousands of North Korean refugees are in hiding in northeast China, living in fear of deportation back to a country gripped by a grotesque dictatorship and a famine that may have claimed 2 million lives. The Chinese ....
Christian Bookstores Open   Published in 2002
(Compass) — A new Christian bookstore opened in Shanghai on April 1. Run by a young Christian entrepreneur, it is one of a handful of public Christian bookstores now operating in China. However, not one Bible is for sale. Only books published ....
(Compass) — On June 19, the China Gospel Fellowship (CGF) declared that 34 of its evangelists mysteriously kidnapped two months earlier by a shadowy cult called Eastern Lightning were safely back with their families. “This incident has shaken