|The notice from the two
(Jinan, Shandong—March 5, 2020) Authorities in China’s Shandong province banned online preaching. They also ordered the eradication of non-official churches.
Shandong’s two state-run Christian organizations, the Three-Self Patriotic Movement and China Christian Council [the TSPM and CCC, respectively]. released a statement on Feb. 23. In it, they claimed “supervision departments” ordered all online preaching be ceased and churches that gather in secret be rooted out.
In addition, it posits officials should “guide” Christians “in other ways, with the caveat of not gathering together!”
The notice does not specify what these other ways include.
TSPM & CCC of each city,
We received the guidance from leaders of the supervision departments today:
1. All livestreamed preaching should be stopped immediately! The TSPM & CCC in each city should notify churches promptly and carry it out.
2. Some people still hold fellowship secretly. Please check for them earnestly in each jurisdiction, and the fellowships that meet without approval must be completely eradicated.
3. Take [the Christians’] needs and emotions regarding their faith into consideration. It is necessary to positively guide them to other means with the caveat of not gathering together!