Earlier this week, I met with some Christian friends who have lived and worked in China for many years. What they shared with me was chilling and sobering. (They are well-connected and not simply airing personal opinions.)
First, the crackdown against Christian believers in the country (not to mention the crackdown against Muslims and others, which we did not discuss in detail), is getting increasingly severe.
Just a few years ago, there were real signs of change. Persecution was lessening, and liberties were increasing. But not today.
There is a systematic attempt to purge the Gospel from the nation.
Even the national, Three-Self churches, in which there were some real, Gospel-preaching pastors, are now virtually bereft of such leaders. And it is true that the Communist Party is rewriting the Bible to make it suitable for its purposes. This, then, would be the Bible used in these government-run churches. Talk about an utterly blasphemous act.
As for the underground churches, the crackdown against them is intensifying.
My friends have Chinese colleagues whose family members have received life sentences because of their faith.
Arrests, brutal interrogations, imprisonments, disruption of meetings, beatings, destroying of “unauthorized” Bible and Christian books are increasingly common. In one instance that was shared with me, those owning non-approved Bibles and other resources were hit with “stiff fines and the books earmarked for destruction. But not before they (the materials) were first dumped in piles on the street before they were carted off … followed by the pastor, who was then sent to prison.”
To be sure, much of this has been known for some time now, and I myself have written about it, most recently, last September. But, to repeat, the persecution is increasing, and it is chilling to hear about it firsthand.
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SOURCE: Charisma News