Christians in China Worship in Caves and Secret Farms

To be a Christian in China, like in most countries in the Eastern part of our world is a demanding and grueling decision. In America for the most part and western civilizations we are very comfortable and often don’t realize that not everyone shares in our lucrative rights. The protection of speech, thought, or religion does not apply to a majority of the world we know. The freedom to even read this article and surf the web for anything and for however long you want is another right we often over look. China is a populous nation in East Asia ran by Communism with a population of 1.4 Billion people; the largest in any place. China is also a place where you are heavily monitored and not as free as you are in America; because of this persecution continues to grow at a scaling pace.

In the Chinese constitution, Article 36 says that citizens “enjoy the freedom of religious belief.” It’s supposed to ban any discrimination based on religion and doesn’t allow state organs, public organizations, or individuals from compelling citizens to believe in or not believe in any particular faith. In February 2018 new Regulations were passed on religious affairs, they would allow state-registered religious organizations to possess property, publish literature, train clergy, and collect donations. These rights come hand and hand with government controls and restrictions. The Government controls religious schooling, the times and locations of religious celebrations; including monitoring of online religious activity and reporting donations that exceed 100,000 yuan. Sophie Richardson, a Human Rights Watch China Director says that even though it may seem like religious beliefs in China are protected, they “do not guarantee the right to practice or worship.” The State only recognizes five religions: Buddhism, Daoism, Islam, Catholicism, and Protestantism. Religious organizations have to register with one of the five state-sanctioned religious associations, which are also supervised by the State Administration for Religious Affairs.

Although Christianity is not Illegal in China and it is one of the five accepted religions, it can surely feel that way. Being monitored and controlled is not freedom but it’s what Churches have to go through or face repercussions. Pastor Jin Mingri has firsthand felt the pain of not falling in line with the Communist Party. Jin’s Zion Church in Beijing, a huge unofficial congregation in China, was completely demolished by authorities who then sent him a bill for 1.2m yuan. Jin had preached there every Sunday for many years. Jin commented on the past and how “as long as you didn’t meddle in politics the government left you alone,”. “But now if you don’t push the Communist party line, if you don’t display your love for the party, you are a target” Jin said.

The regulations that came in February 2018 required tighter control of places of worship, with many Churches forced to install Security cameras that fed live footage to local authorities. Shortly after, officials all around China have removed crosses from church buildings and demolished Churches viewed as “too large” in the hope of reducing the public visibility of religion; because of this Chinese Christians find themselves worshiping in secret places like caves and farms. Many don’t own Bibles and many aren’t allowed to worship the way Jesus Christ intended Christians to; which can be frustrating I assume.

In September of 2017, the Chinese government announced that anyone who organizes a religious event that’s unapproved will be fined 100,000 to 300,000 Yuan. Chinese residents who rent or provide venues for any of these events will also be fined 20,000 to 200,000 Yuan. The Chinese Communist Party has been working on a 3-phase, 14-year operation to smoke out Underground churches and “annihilate” them. The Chinese government first had to ease up on the persecution of the underground church, tricking them into surfacing and being identified. As soon as the Churches began to felt safe and came out publicly, the Chinese government invited and then pressured the underground churches to register and become Three Self churches. Once they got what they wanted, their true goal was revealed as both the remaining underground churches and even Three Self churches are being persecuted using Mao-era brute-force, as well as mass surveillance, artificial intelligence, and big data. The arrest and abuse of Christians especially those who are vocal is now something very common.

Christians in China Detained and Abused by Authorities

Christian persecution is not a new problem for the country and it does make sense that it would be problematic to an atheist Chinese Communist Party (CCP), as well as a challenge. The Government has completely launched an offensive attack against them and have gone as far as to try and rewrite scripture. They have banned the online sales of The Holy Bible and most Christians in China don’t own one themselves. Beyond that, officials have been burning bibles and forcing Christians to denounce their faith. The growth of Christianity clearly is making the Chinese Government uncomfortably nervous, which is leading the ‘Sinicisation’ of religion in the country.

Regardless of what Christians in China are experiencing, they remain strong and Christianity has been growing larger in popularity. The number of Christians in China has grown by an average of 10 percent annually since 1979. Clearly Christians in China are faced with some difficult challenges but even though that’s true, there are still as many as 115 million Protestants in China, and it is one of the fastest growing religions in the country. With 1.4 billion people, China’s population is overwhelming and within that large group of people, Christianity is on its way to being the largest religion. Many have speculated that do to the growth that’s been present for Christianity in China, by 2030 it is very likely that there will be more Christians in China than in the United States combined. If you don’t know the United States is home to the biggest population of Christians, Brazil and Mexico following behind.

Christians in China continue to Worship and Fight for their right to be Christians and followers of Jesus Christ

In the United states where we have access to Bibles even in our Hotel rooms, we don’t think twice about a day someone says we can’t have it anymore. As Christians in America continue to feel comfort in going to Church when ever they want or opening the bible when ever they want others like in China wish they could do that freely every day. As we take for granted our rights to be Christian in America and barely go to Church and barely open our Bibles; as we let our bibles collect dust, in China they are smuggling them. “This is what we needed the most” says a youth pastor in China as the congregation smells, kisses, and hugs their newly smuggled bibles.

Written by Emmanuel Matos

17 thoughts on “Christians in China Worship in Caves and Secret Farms”

  1. IM SO VERY SORRY FOR WHATS GOING ON OVER THERE. I SEND MY WHOLE HEART OF PRAYER TO THEM ALL. I KNOW THE FATHER GOD ABOVE IS WORKING WITH THEM. GOD BLESS U ALL. HOW CAN I HELP OUT FRIENDS.

  2. Oluwatimilehin from Nigeria.
    Christ says in this world we shall face tribulations,persecutions and adversaries but we should be happy cos he has conquered the world…
    He also says and I quote,many are the affliction of the righteous but God will save him…

    God sees all your pains and he is coming soon to take us home… Where there will be no pain,no sorrow,no cry…but everlasting joy…

  3. Religious prosecution.
    People do not understand forgivness of sin and fear what can not be understood. So they kill it.
    Six million Jews, Eight million Native Americans, sixty eight million Protestants where killed in the name of God.
    This is the end times according to the seventy weeks of Daniel’s Prophecy.
    If you are a religous person, suffering prosecution for your belief, it does not mean that you are a born again child of God to understand His Word.
    God sees your heart.

  4. AMEN!!! Christian People!!! The AMEN Says AMEN!!! To You All!!! ✨🎇🦁🐏🎴♥️ AMEN 😊

  5. Having spent time sharing the gospel in China—I find the photos and videos so very dangerous. How do you keep the government from using these to ID Christians and punish them? How do you keep locations secret when you put them on the internet??

  6. How grateful we in America should be for our privileges and freedoms. God has been so good to us and we should count it our greatest gift.
    We cannot allow socialism and communism to overtake our beloved country. So many of our brave men and women have given their lives for these freedoms Jesus, God’s only Son, gave his life that we could be forgiven for our sin. We only have to ask Him to forgive us
    I am overwhelmed at times thinking of the “awful” price He Paid out of love for me.
    He made us worthy to receive this greatest gift; otherwise we would be forever lost. praise
    HIS NAME

  7. All the churches in America think about is money meanwhile these true brothers and sisters struggle to worship and have bibles I pray for them

  8. I’m a Cameroonian and we just took a 3days fast for persecuted Christians all over the world especially China….. don’t give keep pressing through because we will never give up praying for the body of Christ all over the world …….God bless you brethren

  9. It just the matter of time,our God is watching He promised that He will be with us forever. We praying for keep it up

  10. This is amazing, time will come when there will be no more tears and time of reaping what we show every single day..God will bless every soul out there. Keep on praising never stop our time of rejoicing is near. Glory be to God Amen..

  11. This is amazing, time will come when there will be no more tears and time of reaping what we show every single day..God will bless every soul out there. Keep on praising never stop our time of rejoicing is near. Glory be to God Amen..

  12. Thanks for this article and the videos. I believe there are more truly dedicated Christians in China than in the U.S. By far. Their faith in Christ costs them something. American Christianity is too easy and comfortable. We have a lot to learn from our Chinese brothers and sisters.
    Thanks again for posting this.

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