A worshipper at the Xiaying Holy Love church in the city of Ningbo told Tom Phillips how a provincial official had ordered the removal of the cross sitting atop the gigantic mega-church.
When the congregation refused, they were told the whole church would be torn down.
“They told us the cross was too shiny, too tall and too big” said the man, whose identity has been protected for his own safety.
Local people say the demolition work is already underway.
The church is the latest Christian religous site in Zhejiang province in eastern China to be demolished. At least six others have been knocked down this year, including Protestant churches and Catholic statues.
The worshipper interviewed by Tom Phillip said he believed the authorities were fearful that the growing Christian community in China might “come into conflict with their policies and governance.”