China’s Xiamen City Enlisting Help Of Locals In Crackdown Against Christian House Churches

(Christian Daily) Chinese authorities in Xiamen City are encouraging locals to closely monitor their communities and report what it calls “illegal religious activities” — gatherings of Christians who did not register to become part of China’s state-sanctioned churches.

Xiamen City authorities are counting on local residents to help them locate and punish members of Christian house churches and other individuals engaging in “illegal religious activities.” Xiamen’s Xunsiding Church pastor Yang Xibo said that the Siming District United Front Department (UFD) or Ethnic and Religious Affairs Bureau made the announcement through a notice sent to local district offices.