Minister Yang Xibo posted on Facebook:
While out preaching on February 24, religious affairs bureau staff arrived at my home and interrogated my wife. Today, she received a punishment notice [from CCP authorities], but a certificate of merit (in the eyes of God). Officials targeted my wife because I was not at home. I received a similar notice in 2019.
Thank the Lord—my wife and I are a good match.
On May 19, 2019, CCP authorities banned Xusiding Church, the largest house church in Xiamen. Afterward, members gathered at different locations. Authorities banned each of these venues, however, one after another.
Staff from the religious affairs bureau, police department, national security agency, and community management office performed joint actions. Without showing any search warrants, CCP agents confiscated possessions of churches and sealed their doors. The targeted churches, all house churches, had refused to join government-sanctioned Three-self churches. They had not registered at the religious affairs bureau and did not obey the orders the CCP imposed.
|Page 2 of ban notice that Taizihe District, Liaoyang City Religious Affairs Bureau issued.
(Photo: ChinaAid resource)
*Article 20 The following conditions shall be met for establishing a religious venue:
(1) The purpose of establishment is not at variance with the provisions of Articles 4 and 5 of these Regulations;(2) Local citizens with religious belief have the need to conduct regular collective religious activities;(3) There are religious personnel, or other persons that meet the requirements of its religion, who is meant to preside over religious activities；(4) There are the necessary funds that are from lawful sources; and(5) There is a well-planned layout that meets the requirements of urban and rural planning and does not interfere with the normal work or daily lives of the surrounding units and residents.
The religious affairs department of the people’s government of the city divided into districts shall, within 30 days from the date of receiving relevant materials submitted by the religious affairs department of the people’s government at the county level, decide whether to approve or not approve the application for building an another fixed place for religious activities and, in the case of an application for establishing a monastery, temple, mosque and church, put forward its proposal after review to the religious affairs department of the people’s government at the level of the province, autonomous region, or municipality directly under the Central Government for approval.
The religious affairs department of the people’s government at the level of the province, autonomous region, or municipality directly under the Central Government shall, within 30 days from the date of receiving materials submitted by the religious affairs department of the people’s government of a city divided into districts, decide whether to approve or not approve the application.
Preparations for establishing a religious venue may be made only upon the approval of the application to establish such a religious venue.
Article 22 After the approved preparation and construction of a religious venue is completed, an application for its registration shall be submitted to the religious affairs department of the people’s government at the county level of the place where it is located. The said people’s government shall, within 30 days from the date of receiving the application, conduct review of the management organization of and the rules and regulations of the religious venue, and shall grant registration to the religious venue that meets specified conditions and issue to it the Religious Venue Registration Certificate.
Article 41 Non-religious bodies, non-institutions of religious education, non-religious venues and non-designated places for temporary activities shall not organize or hold religious activities or accept religious donations.
Non-religious bodies and non-institutions of religious education shall not provide religious education and training and make arrangements for citizens to attend religious training, conferences or activities abroad (http://www.sara.gov.cn/flfg/330350.jhtml).
**Article 69 Where a religious venue is established without authorization, or a religious venue continues to engage in religious activities despite the revocation of its registration or registration certificate, or an institution of religious education is established without authorization, the religious affairs department shall, together with the relevant departments, impose a ban on it, and confiscate the illegal gains or belongings, if any, and if the specific amount of the illegal gains cannot be determined, a fine of not more than 50,000 yuan shall be imposed; and if a violation of public security administration is committed, a punishment for administration of public security shall be imposed in accordance with law.
Where a non-religious body, non-institution of religious education, non-religious venue, or non-designated place for temporary activities organizes or holds religious activities or accepts religious donations, the relevant religious affairs department shall, together with the relevant departments of public security, civil affairs, construction, education, culture, tourism and cultural relics, order it to stop such activity, and the illegal gains or belongings, if any, shall be confiscated and a fine of not less than one time but not more than three times the amount of illegal gains may also be imposed; if the specific amount of the illegal gains cannot be determined, a fine of not more than 50,000 yuan shall be imposed; and if a crime is constituted, criminal liability shall be investigated for in accordance with law (http://www.sara.gov.cn/flfg/330350.jhtml).