Chinese officials are warning the Chinese that Christianity is influencing society and subverting the government. They are warning that Christianity is of enormous harm to their society.
Xu Xiaohong, head of the National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Churches in China, said there were many problems with Christianity in the country, including “infiltration” from abroad and “private meeting places.”
China’s constitution guarantees religious freedom, but since President Xi Jinping took office six years ago, the government has tightened restrictions on Christianity, and the government has cracked down on underground churches.
China has been following a policy it calls the “Sinicisation” of religion, trying to root out foreign influences and enforce obedience to the Communist Party.
A local government communications agency in China held a seminar to discuss with Communist Party members the “enormous harm” the growth of Christianity is to the atheist nation.
The Chinese government concern has come as China has seen explosive growth in the number of Christians over the last several decades since the Cultural Revolution. Estimates have even suggested that China is on track to have the largest Christian population in the world by 2030.
They attend state-sanctioned churches or attend illegal underground house churches that are not registered with the government.
Authorities throughout China have shut down a number of prominent house churches and arrested Christians for worshiping without the approval of the government.
For over 10 years, China has imprisoned American Pastor David Lin, who has maintained his innocence on a charge of “contract fraud.”
Recently, authorities closed down a 1,000-member house church in Beijing and demanded churchgoers sign a statement vowing to stop attending the church.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom slammed China in its 2019 annual report reiterating the fact that China is among the worst national violators of religious freedom in the world.
U.S. Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback warned recently while in Hong Kong that the Chinese government is “at war with faith.”
“It’s a war they will not win,” Brownback declared. “The Chinese Communist Party must hear the cry of its people for religious freedom.”
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