The Communist Party in China’s coastal Zhejiang province is forcing persecuted Christian churches to hand over all of their tithes and donations to government officials, reports have said. Many of these same churches that have had their rooftop crosses forcefully removed are now being forced to display the Communist flag where the crosses once stood. China Aid, which has been reporting on the ever increasing persecution against churches in the past few years, said the government’s orders are part of a move to crackdown on Christians by imposing regulations.

The watchdog group explained in its report late last week that the Communist government has been forcing houses of worship to implement its “five transformations” plan, which consist of “localizing religion (through adopting local architectural styles for church buildings), standardizing management, indigenizing theology (by contextualizing sermons), financial transparency and adapting Christian teachings,” to reflect the desires of the ruling Communist Party. FULL REPORT