China’s Communist Government Ramps Up Persecution Against Christians With New Law

(Tea Party 247) – As if living in China isn’t oppressive enough, it takes serious courage to be a Christian. The communist government has been notoriously anti-Christian for decades but as DC Clothesline points out, “underground churches started blossoming even in the midst of the persecution, and eventually there were a few decades where the national government more or less tolerated unsanctioned gatherings.”

Now, the Chinese government has issued new measures that will put more restrictions on the over 100 million Christians in China, and further limit their ability to gather and worship.

Faithwire reports:

A new mandate entitled “Administrative Measures for Religious Groups” has been approved by the CPC and is comprised of six chapters and 41 articles dealing with the organization, functions, offices, supervision, projects and economic administration of religious communities.

The new rules also seek to ensure that religious leaders support, promote and implement total submission to the Chinese Communist Party at all times.

According to International Christian Concern, Article 5 of the new ordinance reads that “religious organizations must adhere to the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, observe the constitution, laws, regulations, ordinances and policies, adhere to the principle of independence and self-government, adhere to the directives on religions in China, implementing the values ​​of socialism …”

In addition, Article 17 specifies that all religious organizations “must spread the principles and policies of the Chinese Communist Party” in everything they do.

Religious groups must also engage in “supporting the socialist system, adhering to and following the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics …,” according to the restrictions.

In essence, the Chinese government is insisting the church conform to it and where Christianity and the government contradict, they require Christians to forsake their beliefs in favor of the government. The government knows this is a trap as Christians place more value on the word of God than the worldly government they are under.

It just so happens that the signing of this new rule comes at the same time as the sentencing of underground megachurch pastor, Wang Yi. On Monday, it was announced that Yi, the lead pastor of Early Rain Covenant Church, has been sentenced to nine years in prison for “subversion of state power” and “illegally operating a business,” which, of course, are just code for “preaching the gospel.”

Pastor Yi has spoken boldly against the Chinese government and for the sake of Jesus Christ. Faithwire reports that last September “shortly before he was detained, Pastor Yi personally called on Chinese President Xi Jinping to repent of his sins and come to Jesus.” This inevitably put a giant target on Yi’s back and possibly disturbed President Jinping and his government to the point of establishing new rules against Christians.

“We believe that we have the responsibility to tell Xi Jinping that he is a sinner,” Yi said to the President in September. “The government he is leading has sinned greatly against God, for it is persecution the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, and if he does not repent, he will perish!”

Amen to that. Only the Truth will set China free from the current communist regime.

45 COMMENTS

  1. If the pastor wanted to let China’s head honcho he is bad, he has to accept the consequences.
    I like the idea about Chinese being able to emigrate, but not en masse.

  2. Folks let me tell you something! Don’t let your guard down about America one day? We could easily be just like China not being able to serve our God the Lord Jesus Christ? Because Jesus said we will all be persecuted in the days of Noah right before our Jesus returns! Only hope we have these days I believe is Jesus! World is getting worse just like it Jesus said it would! I’m ready my family is ready to meet the lord amen!!

  3. The purpose of the christen faith is not to over throw the government.If it was Jesus would have led a rebellion, it would have destroyed the roman empire. Instead when asked about paying taxes he held up a coin and said render unto Caesar what is Caesars and unto God what is Gods.The focus should be on teachings of Jesus Christ, living a life that will make us more Christ like and living your life as a light in the dark . Lastly adhering to and living the two greatest commandments. Thou shalt love God with all thy heart might,mind and strength and the second;love thy neighbor as thy self.Out side the faith you can follow the political persuasion of your choice and be as fanatical as you want out side the church but not inside the church. Inside the church is for the teachings of God.

  4. Actually you might need to read your bible sir and look at Daniel 3. The 3 Hebrew children would not bow to King Nebuchadnezzar. You really ought to thank God for people like Pastor Yi.

  5. All in the USA that R christians should take a stand and let all stores know they will no longer buy any Products made in China!! I am starting NOW!!!

    • Don’t take a stand against Trianon we got the same thing going on here under Barack Obama in the communist a.k.a. Democrat party as they attack Christians and put Muslim resume over the Christians in this country founded this country. Make a mistake the government wants to be the boss they don’t want God in their way.

  6. Comparable to Moses’s conversation with Pharoah Ramsess II, upon Moses’s standing accused before the Pharoah: “I did what I was compelled to do.” Pharoah’s response “What I do now, I’m compelled to do.” It takes courage, trust in the lord and belief for what is invoked thru compelling statements. History in the unfolding sequences of events, also records how and what changing events transpire thru time.

  7. So why doesn’t China allow Chinese Christians to leave China. How about we trade Liberal Democratic celebrities for Chinese Christians. The Chinese make excellent Americans. Very intelligent people and loyal.

  8. Obviously, the Surely Pastor is a brave man, but he forgot to be as diplomatic as apostle Paul when he was looking for a way to present his case to the ancient greeks… Most Christians know the apostle Paul found a subject reason to present his case w/o putting the greek hierarchy on the defence… He found a figure among their mythological god that didn’t have any shape with the description, “To the God not known.” Based on this greek description of the unknown God to the ancient Greek, he presented his arguments to the king that he couldn’t find reasons to put him behind bars… Christian objectives are only to preach the gospel around the world without getting involved in any politics… Obeying local authorities as long as they don’t want to keep us from God’s will. Let us pray for our courageous pastor in these difficult times… May God be with him

  9. Talk about stupid! What Jesus said got him killed! Surely he understood the consequences of speaking critically of the religious leaders. What was his goal, martyrdom?

  10. I don’t think that was dumb for pastor to say that if more people had god in there heart this word would be a better place to live

  11. Speaking the truth in love regardless of personal consequence reflects obedience to the Great Commission. Pastor Yi is not responsible for the result of preaching the gospel. He has been called to spread the word and is not personally responsible for the harvest or the rejection of Jesus as Lord!

  12. Being a Christian is not always easy. …. but then again, Jesus Christ preached to the multitude and he was put to death.
    A horrible death that was for us to have life in his Father’s everlasting home.

  13. So, James, are you saying there are no souls to save in prison? Did Paul not continue his missionary work from prison? Are you so certain that God doesn’t have a higher mission for Pastor Yi?

  14. I agree we are to preach the truth according to the gospel of Jesus Christ ,not to tickle the ears saying what people want to hear.

  15. Rom. 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

    • China will soon exterminate all Christians and pave over their graves as they did the Muslims. Then it will happen as soon as the Communist takeover of America is complete. To preach or even live Christianity will result in death to in all even in the US. Our only hope is restoring the Constitution, which is hanging on by a thread.

  16. The 36% of young people who currently think communism or socialism is a good thing, need to read this and say” Can I live like this”. They would ALL say no. It’s up to our schools to educate them and NOT indoctrinate them.

  17. Of course if Pastor Yi & other Christians could LEAVE the country to seek their religious freedom Mr. Lewis would have a point. However, Mr. Lewis joins Lebron and the Golden State coach along with all the NBA & leftist as a moron. Actually, I apologize to all the morons I may have just offended.

  18. ALL OF THE APOSTLES DIED MARTYR’S DEATHS FOR PREACHING THE GOSPEL. A SERVANT IS NOT GREATER THAN HIS MASTER. IF THEY CRUCIFIED JESUS, THEY WILL PERSECUTE AND KILL HIS FOLLOWERS. THE PERSECUTION AGAINST CHRISTIANS IN CHINA WILL EVENTUALLY (SOON) SPREAD TO THE WHOLE WORLD. JESUS SAID: IF ANY MAN WILL COME AFTER ME, OLET HIM DENY HIMSELF, AND TAKE UP HIS CROSS, AND FOLLOW ME. THE CROSS IS AN INSTRUMENT OF DEATH. JESUS ALSO SAID: “WHOSOEVER WILL SAVE HIS LIFE SHALL LOSE IT: AND WHOSOEVER WILL LOSE HIS LIFE FOR MY SAKE SHALL FIND IT. IF WE ARE MARTYRED, WE JUST GET TO GO TO JESUS SOONER. MOST PROFESSING CHRISTIAN DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS & WILL COMPROMISE.

  19. Obviously Xi knows about Jesus and the gospel. By not choosing it on his own, he has made his choice. It’s one thing to inform people who haven’t heard the gospel. It’s another to push it on others. This is instructive for me in dealing with the question of talking about it with my friends.

    • Ezekiel 3:16-19. If we do not tell a sinner that he is sending. God will hold us responsible for his blood

  20. Were all praying for you xi Jinping. Outside of the affairs of state is your soul ready for the afterlife? If you believe that jesus the son of god came to earth lived a perfect life free from worldly sin, was falsely sentenced to death on the cross, as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world. And on the third day was transfigured into newness of life. And returned to tell man that he had prepared a way for him to enter into everlasting life after death. Just by this simple belief you’re a Christian. The rules of this world are set up for people to follow just as the rules of everlasting life in this belief are set up for people to follow. If anything china should applaud Christian’s because there book has an entire way of living as well as rules and states ti follow the rules of the leaders of men in addition to them. This is why the old testament should be included in every bible printed in china because it states that man wanted a leader so god elected them a leader and told them they would have to follow man’s laws because they rebelled against God’s law and had a leader in the first place. This is also sin so as a leader you need to have god more than your subjects because the very position you have was a sin to god.

  21. Pastor Yi may not be familiar with the nuances of dealing with Xi Jinping, but he has a bigger “pair” than most Chinese men. He HAS to in order to practice his religion there!

  22. Christians died that we might have the gospel. Sad it is true but wickedness hates truth, gosh will we stand? We pray to have courage at the appointed time. May the Lord cover and bless him and his family.

  23. Catholics has been persecuted through decades and even the diplomatic work has failed. Pope Francis made a well intended but discutible treat and the government of China took advantage and renew restrictions that, in a totalitarian regime means persecution. Pastor Yi played the role of John the Baptist and endure the fate of a prophet. God help him and the suffering community he leads.

  24. JAMES– WANTING A SELFIE WITH A WILD ANIMAL IS AND HAS NOTHING IN COMMON WITH A COMMITTED CHRISTIAN PASTOR , WHO KNOWS THAT CHRISTIANITY AS TAUGHT IN THE BIBLE BY THE MAN WHO WROTE ABOUT 2/3 RDS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT –APOSTLE PAUL , A BRILLIANT JEWISH SCHOLAR WHO HAD A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE WITH JESUS HIMSELF –AND THIS RELIGION, based on his teaching WILL TEACH YOU TO RESPECT AUTHORITY -WHICH IS BELIEVED TO BE GOD GIVEN AND WORK AS THOUGH, YOUR WORKING FOR THE LORD HIMSELF –NO –THIS IS A BRUTAL MARXIST REGIME , THAT HAS AND ALWAYS WILL TRY TO DESTROY ANYONE’S BELIEF IN A CELESTIAL CREATOR WHO MAY GRAB AUTHORITY AND COMMITMENT FROM THEM WHICH THEY WILL LITERALLY KILL FOR TO MAINTAIN THEIR POWER OVER ANYONE IN THAT SYSTEM — THEY EVEN HAVE SOMETHING NOW IN CHINA CALLED A “CITIZEN SCORE “–WHICH ENABLES THOSE TOP COMRADES TO HAVE THE BEST JOBS, HOMES CARS AND MANY OTHER PRIVILEGES — SO WITHOUT A SINGLE THREAT AGAINST THIS COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT , WITH NO GATHERING PROTESTERS TO RAIL AGAINST THAT REGIME, AS IN THE U.S. –HE STOOD HIS GROUND -AND HAS AS IN THE DAYS OF ROME WILLING TO DIE RATHER THEN DENY HIS CREATOR, AND HIS FAITH –NOT MANY IN AMERICA HAVE THAT KIND OF FORTITUDE AND COMMITMENT TO ANYTHING –REMEMBER THE WORDS OF EINSTEIN IF YOUR NOT A BELIEVER –ENERGY CANNOT BE CREATED OR DESTROYED BY MAN –IT SIMPLY CHANGES FORMS — WHEN YOU DIE YOUR ENERGY CONTINUES ON

  25. He spoke the truth. Xi Jiping does need to repent. God gave Pharoh chance after chance as spoken through Moses. The pastor’s choice was to do the will of God to the best of his ability no matter the concequences.

  26. Surely Pastor Yi understood the consequences of speaking critically of China’s leader and party. What is his goal, martyrdom? How does imprisonment for many years serve already suppressed Chinese Christians? Reminds me of that animal-loving woman at the zoo jumping into the pool with the polar bear that killed her. Stupid is as stupid does. Bless Pastor Yi’s heart but that was a dumb thing to say.

    • James Lewis. “I AM the Truth, the Way & the Life.” Means telling lies to live leads to a living death. Better to die speaking God’s Teuth than to live a lie. One lie leads to another ’til all is lies. Now go back to your Weasel Way cubical.

    • I think Yi was doing what his conviction told him to do. His courage will inspire other Christian’s in China not to hide their faith under cover. As dumb as you may think his actions were, God will not forsake him, and will use his actions to glorify Himself.

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