Chinese authorities destroy megagchurch at the crack of dawn
Chinese officials reportedly demolished a Christian church on Tuesday, detonating bombs to bring down the house of worship.
ChinaAid, an organization that monitors Christian persecution, reported that the Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen, China, is “serially persecuted” and noted that the unregistered church was privately paid for by its members for just over $2.6 million.
The organization is speculating that the order to destroy the church came from China’s top officials, seeing as military police have been under the government’s command since last year. Officials placed bombs beneath the structure to bring it down.
Authorities placed the bombs in underground worship halls beneath the church and proceeded to destroy its above-ground building.
The charity said this is not the first time the church has faced persecution. Some of Golden Lampstand Church’s leaders have been imprisoned for one to seven years, simply for serving at their church.
Also, when the church was being built in September 2009, church members who slept at the construction site were beaten by officials.
China has been targeting unregistered churches such as Golden Lampstand. Churches that refuse to register do so in order to opt out of government monitoring.
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