China: Christian Children Forbidden from Attending Church
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2016 Jul 15
Christian children in China have reportedly been banned from attending church, according to ChristianToday.com.
Texas-based Christian humanitarian organization China Aid reports that all children under the age of 18 in China are barred from receiving any religious education, including even in government-sanctioned churches.
Specifically, children have been banned from attending Hauqui, a house church in Guizhou province. The government has also threatened parents of the children that their children will not be allowed to attend college if they continue to bring them to church services.
In addition, legal action will be taken against anyone who brings a minor to a church service.
"They intend to cleanse us and ask us to join the Three-Self Church [China's state-approved church],” stated Mou, a Huaqui Church leader.
Huaqui Church has also been prevented from holding services for the past two weeks. “Huaqui is in a dark place,” said Mou.
The Chinese government, under President Xi Jinping, has been becoming increasingly hostile toward Christianity and any religion that is not overseen by the government. More than 1,500 churches have either been demolished or have had their crosses taken down in China’s so-called “beautification” campaign.
Publication date: July 15, 2016