SIX house church Christians from Shanxi province are in detention in Henan province after taking part in a private gathering there, a Christian source said. The six, including church leader Wang Xiaoguang, are now at the Public Security Bureau in Henan's Fangcheng county. They were arrested by the local police a month ago. The source said the six had been detained when they visited another house church leader in Fangcheng, who was believed to be under police surveillance. In an interview with the Sunday Morning Post, the source, a house church leader in Henan, said the atmosphere in the province remained tense. Police in the Zhoukou area of Henan staged a series of mass arrests this year and took more than 200 Christians into custody. While most were freed after paying fines, at least six were sent to local labour reform facilities for terms ranging from two to three years. Although the situation has stabilised, the church leader said most Christians in Henan continued to worship in their homes and were still too afraid to organise public meetings. The leader said worshippers had a narrow escape when 60 to 70 church members took part in a Bible study session. The Christians escaped when the family home where they were meeting was visited by local family planning officials. Meanwhile, police continue to search Christians' homes and take any suspects into custody. The church leader complained that police never produced any warrants in these raids and often confiscated property. 'I remember in one of these searches the police took away everything, even the television set, and not a single glass was left in the house,' the leader said. In some cases, the Christians held were fined as much as 2,000 yuan (HK$1,860) and some who could not afford to pay were 'forced' to report on their fellow worshippers. 'Sometimes they made us hold electrodes in our hands and passed electricity through them to make us talk,' the Christian said. The Christian said the police claimed house church meetings disrupted public order and were a violation of Chinese law because they involved foreigners. Under the law, foreigners are not allowed to proselytise in China. Despite the pressure, the church leader said Christians would continue to practise their faith in their homes and would not register with the Government. Beijing maintains that all house churches should register, which does not mean they would be forced to join the official Three-Self Patriotic Church. 'Registration is to control the house churches,' the church leader said. 'If not, why bother to have us registered?'