The Chinese Communist Government is cracking down on Christianity like never before with burning of bibles, destroying of crosses and banning evangelism online.
2 Timothy 3:1 – Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Matthew 5:10 – Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
President Trump silent on Chinese Government Burning Bibles, Destroying Crosses, Cracking Down on Churches and Making Evangelism Illegal.
President Xi Jinping seeks to limit the influence of religion on society. In response to the rapid growth of Christianity in the country, the Chinese government has launched an extensive clampdown that has led to church demolitions and the removal of thousands of crosses in Zhejiang and other provinces. Several Christian lawyers and activists were detained and subsequently released for campaigning against cross removals. Most recently, officials banned online retailers from selling Bibles as the government tightens religious regulations. At the AP, Christopher Bodeen reports that authorities in Henan have allegedly burned Bibles and forced believers to abandon their faith.
According to Chinese pastors and the US-based group China Aid, the ruling Communist regime has launched an oppressive campaign against Christianity.
According to the Associated Press this includes: “…destroying crosses, burning bibles, shutting churches and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith.” This is part of a wider initiative to “sinicize” Christians, making them loyal first and foremost to the atheistic Communist regime currently ruling China.
As the crackdown on religious congregations in Beijing and other Chinese provinces intensifies, the country’s government is burning bibles, closing churches and forcing Christian to renounce their faith, according to a latest report by the Associated Press.
“The international community should be alarmed and outraged for this blatant violation of freedom of religion and belief,” Bob Fu, president of legal aid organization China Aid, told the AP.
Fu also provided video evidence of piles of bibles that had been set on fire as well as forms handed out to people for the renunciation of their Christian faith.
#China CCP starts burning the Bible and crosses in Henan. Last time burning Bibles campaign happened in late 1960s by dictator Chairman Mao’s wife Jiang Qing in Shanghai. She was arrested in 1976 but Christians grew to millions. Will Never be successful河南文革重现，烧圣经十字架 pic.twitter.com/T5esv16NXI
— Bob Fu傅希秋 (@BobFu4China) September 5, 2018
China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) posted a draft yesterday of new regulations on online religious activities that would “forbid the streaming of religious ceremonies (live on the internet), including prayer, preaching and even burning incense,” reports AsiaNews, which broke the story.According to a crowdsourced translation of the draft rules reviewed by CT, foreign and non-mainland (i.e. Hong Kong) organizations and individuals would be prohibited from providing “internet religious information services” to mainland Chinese users.
This would apply to a broad swath of online activity: “information involving religion, including that relating to religious doctrine, religious knowledge, religious culture, or religious activities, that is transmitted as text, images, audio or video through means of Internet websites, applications, forums, blogs, microblogs, public accounts, instant messaging, or online live-streaming.”
Although Trump has been quick to chastise China over trade and unfair tax impositions, he is yet to speak up against the reported violation of religious rights going on in the country.
“Imagine what life would be like for our children if they inherit a world in which the most powerful country is one that burns bibles, ransacks Christian churches & rounds up & detains Muslims in internment camps,” Rubio tweeted. “Because that is what #China is doing.”
This is reportedly the worst crackdown on religious freedom under Chinese President Xi Jinping since 1982, when religious freedom was included in the country’s constitution. Even then, the country’s law dictated that religious worship can only be conducted in groups registered with the authorities, which left millions of citizens with faiths that fall under government restrictions.
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