Before I get going to far, I should probably explain some things. The way I understand it, China "officially" has "freedom" of religion. But, if you want to be a Christian, you MUST go to the Three-Self Church. These "churches" aren't real churches….they are more like government propoganda houses.
I was reading new articles in my RSS reader when this article on Worthy News popped up. It appears as if a pastor had gone too far and the government didn't like it:
MIDLAND, TEXAS / SHANXI PROVINCE, CHINA (ANS) — A pastor in the Three-Self Church in Pinglu County, Shanxi Province was prohibited from preaching and forced to leave the church by the Chinese Religious Affairs Bureau.
But what could have caused him to fall out of favor? Well, it seems he invited another pastor to come preach in his pulpit:
According to information received from a reliable souce by the China aid Association (CAA), the Pinglu Church invited a Hong Kong based American Pastor Dennis Balcombe (Chinese name Bao Dening) — who is strongly opposed by the local Religious Affairs Bureau — to visit the church,
Pastor Balcombe was born in the United States and is an active missionary in Asia. He contributed a great deal to the charismatic revival in Henan Province in the mid 1980s. He is now senior pastor of Revival Christian Church in Hong Kong, (see: www.rcchk.org/default_eng.htm).
If you want to read more, read the full article on the Pastor who was evicted from the Three-Self Church in China.