The Church Persecuted
Here, we aim to offer support for those committed to pray in support of Christians around the world who face persecution. In particular, we include below brief details of the nation for this month, provided from the Open Doors ministry. For further information to support you as you pray, click on the links at the bottom of the page.
Did you know?
The red background of the Chinese flag represents the revolution. The five stars and their relationship represent the unity of the Chinese people under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
WHO IS THE LEADER OF CHINA?
President Xi Jinping
HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN CHINA?
It is estimated there are 97,200,000 Christians in China, but China is a big country and this represents just 6.8% of the population.
WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN CHINA?
The goal of the Communist Party in China, led by it's leader, Xi Jinping, is to maintain its power through national unity, including control of all religions. Since the Communist Party took over the implemenation of the regulations on religion, the treatment of religious groups has become much more harsh. Christians are a particular focus because they are the largest social force in China that isn't controlled by the state. Chirstians from Muslim or Tibetan Buddhist backgrounds also face rejection and attack by their communities, as leaving their traditional reigions is seen as betrayal.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN CHINA?
Pastor Jin, who now leads an unregistered church, was arrested and placed in solitary confinement for ten days after the police burst into a church meeting. Up until that point, his church had enjoyed relative freedom and mostly went untroubled by the increasing restrictions placed on Christians by the Chinese government.
Those ten days in isolation caused Jin to not only recognise the severity of the situation, but also made him confront his own doubts about his faith. He says, “By the end of my time in detention I had whittled the battle in my mind down to one crucial question: If I am called of God, am I really willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of the gospel? For the Lord Jesus?”
As Pastor Jin discovered, the situation for Christians has deteriorated all over China. Churches are monitored, and some have been attacked by the security forces or closed down. Church leaders are detained. Children under 18 are banned from attending church. Religion is banned from the public sphere, and teachers and medical staff have been pressured to sign documents saying they have no religious faith. The online sale of Bibles was banned in 2018.
Believers from Muslim or Tibetan Buddhist backgrounds often keep their faith a secret. They may hide their Bibles, and it can be difficult for them to meet with other believers safely. If discovered, they may be threatened, beaten, or even reported to the authorities and imprisoned for a few days.
For more details please see the following websites:
Open Doors Christian Solidarity Worldwide Release International