Wednesday, March 23, 2011

China to Its Christians: "No More Mr. Nice Guy"

China is planning on tightening its clamp on Christian worship this year. It's State Administration for Religious Affairs announced that it will "guide Protestants worshiping at unregistered churches into worshiping at government-sanctioned ones."

I like the word "guide." It's surely a euphemism for a punch to the face and a club to the knees.

Police told one Christian detainee last year that they would stop being "nice" in 2011.

The English-language newspaper in China that reported all this also stated that China "will strengthen regulation of foreign nationals' group religious activities in China and resist foreign infiltration under the pretext of religion."

Voice of the Martyrs, my source for this info, concludes with a request to pray that Chinese Christians be prepared for a potential new wave of persecution, and that this persecution would not intimidate new believers.


Jerry said...

2 Corinthians 1:6 (New International Version, ©2011)

6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.

I sometimes feel ashamed that we as American Christians may never know the suffering endured by other Christians throughout the world. But then, I fear the next generation may.

Kent S said...

I understand the feeling. We must certainly be prepared if such persecution should come our way. Thank God for our relative freedom, and pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters.