China detains 3 Christians for possessing religious materials

By Lorraine Caballero for the Christian Daily

Police have detained three Christians in the southern province of Guangdong, China for possessing a Bible and other religious materials.

On May 30, police apprehended two Christians in their workplaces for possession of religious literature. They also took another Christian from his residence for the same allegation, according to China Aid.

One of the detained Christians was released shortly after, but the remaining couple accused of receiving a Bible is still in custody. Their release date has not yet been confirmed.

This is not the first time that the members of the Zhongfu Tongxin Church have experienced persecution from Chinese authorities. It all began on Aug. 18, 2015 when they refused to participate in the state initiative called the Three-Self Patriotic Movement and disagreed with the strict regulation of private Christian gatherings. Since then, the church's door has been sealed and its services were banned and deemed as illegal religious activity.

Officials later removed the seal after a church member appealed to higher authorities in Guangzhou. However, officials pressured the landlord to end his contract with the church.

In February, a church member named Jian Junying was detained by the local public security bureau for preaching in public. Authorities confiscated his religious materials and demanded to know where they came from.

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