Viral social media post describes China's persecution of Christians

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Christians meet outside of their church, which
has been banned and sealed by the government,
in this undated photo. (Photo: ChinaAid)

(Beijing—May 29, 2018) China Aid note: The post below has gone viral among Chinese Christians. The author, who is unknown, succinctly summarized the circumstances churches in China are confronting into 18 sentences.

Pray for the circumstances which churches in China are in currently and will be in in the future

“They said to me, ‘Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.’ When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven” (Nehemiah 1: 3-4).

What would you pray to the Lord?

“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it” (1 Corinthians 12:26).

Would you suffer when your fellow Christians suffer? Why?

The following things are happening across the country….

1. Youth fellowships have been banned and students have to take down the cross pictures hanging on the walls at home.

2. Government and the [Three-Self Patriotic Movement and the China Christian Council] are carrying out a project and officials and officers are assigned to different neighborhoods to collect information including the number of attendees in both three-self churches and house churches, Christians’ ID. Subsequently, every Christian will get a permit to enter the church.

3. Every lawful church has had monitors installed for surveillance.

4. Proclaiming and preaching the Gospel has been banned.

5. Who should preach, along with when and where preaching should take place, must be scheduled. Non-locals should not be invited to speak at revival conferences.

6. Government officials should be anointed as ministers and control offerings and tithes given by Christians.

7. Christians are required to sing the national anthem and raise the national flag during church services. In addition, the sermon should center around the key message from the 19th National Congress. The spiritual slogans hung on the wall in churches should be taken down.

8. Christianity and other religions should collaborate to create a harmonious society…WCC [Editor’s note: It is unclear what “WCC” refers to.]

9. Civil servants are prohibited from believing in Christianity; CCP members are forbidden from worshipping at church.

10. The sermon of a preacher should be approved. Churches are banned from having any contact with people abroad. 
11. Christian-themed couplet banners have been banned. The tiles with biblical verses at any household’s gate should be torn off.

12. Only Sunday services are lawful. Gatherings and fellowships on other days have been banned. 
13. Churches should not have interactions. 
14. Christian teachers will not be allowed to retire if they volunteer at church.

15. In a Three-Self Church, non-Christians should talk about science, medicine, poverty, laws, and traditions before a preacher speaks at the service. 
16. Children under 18 are not allowed to enter church. Sunday school should be canceled. Teachers need to find out why students believe in Jesus. 
17. All crosses in Three-Self Churches and house churches should be removed.

18. Chinese Union Version Bibles have been pulled from online stores. Churches have started to use [a new version of the Bible and Bibles that align with the Communist Party agenda].

In a nutshell: the goal is to turn Jesus followers into hypocritical religious people. The Babylonian religion has nothing to do with Christ, so it is a fake religion.

“His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire” (Matthew 3:12).

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12).

“But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up” (Daniel 3:18).

“But Peter and John replied, ‘Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges!’” (Acts 4:19).

If you are a member of the [international] Church, please advocate on behalf of the Church. What stance should a church hold? If you are uncertain, please study God’s words. Otherwise, make a decision. No matter what you choose as right or wrong, you should be responsible for your decision.

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