The new laws give Communist Party officials the authority to bar children from religious services, decide the content of religious instruction, and approve or disapprove of the time and place of religious services.
The State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) has a new law with the assurance that all Chinese citizens are free to believe whatever they want and to engage in religious activity—as long as it’s within the tighter limits. The regulations include:
- No religious activities that are not approved by SARA.
- No one may provide a venue for religious services that are not approved by SARA.
- No publishing religious materials without approval from SARA.
- No foreign or domestic donations may be made to any religious organization that hasn’t been approved by SARA.
- No one may call themselves a pastor without the approval of SARA.
- No international religious exchanges may happen without the approval of SARA.
- No one may study theology at school without the approval of SARA.
The destruction of Golden Lampstand Church, where more than 50,000 Christians reportedly worshiped, was planted with explosives in an underground worship hall to demolish the building. It had been constructed with nearly $2.6m (£1.9m) in contributions from local worshippers in one of China’s poorest regions.
The church had faced “repeated persecution” by the Chinese government, said ChinaAid. Hundreds of police and hired thugs smashed the building and seized Bibles in an earlier crackdown in 2009 that ended with the arrest of church leaders.
Those church leaders were given prison sentences of up to seven years for charges of illegally occupying farmland and disturbing traffic order, according to state media. The church was allegedly constructed nearly a decade ago in violation of building codes.
Christians and human rights advocates are alarmed over an aggressive crackdown on house churches in China, where the faithful are forced to call their gatherings “patriotic” assemblies or sent to prison where they can face torture, according to a new report.
Large fines can be imposed on unsanctioned activities. For example, organizers of unapproved overseas trips for believers to attend conferences, or for Catholics to attend papal Masses, could be fined up to $30,000.
- No one may use their home for religious practices that are not approved by SARA (including home or family Bible studies).
After each crackdown, people follow Jesus even more fervent.
Throughout the past 2,000 years, many empires have fallen; the only thing that hasn’t perished is the church, How can the eradication of churches be possible? The authorities are not God.
Freedom of religion in China is provided for in the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China, with an important caveat: the government protects what it calls “normal religious activity,” defined in practice as activities that take place within government-sanctioned religious organizations and registered places of worship.
Constitution of China, Article 36: Freedom of Religion
No state organ, public organization or individual may discriminate against citizens who believe in, or do not believe in, any religion. The state protects “normal religious activities.”
In the Chinese legal system courts do not have the power of judicial review. In other words, they cannot consider the constitution when deciding cases. A judge cannot make an interpretation of the Constitution; that is as sensible as saying a judge cannot make a judgment on rape cases because it would be too embarrassing.
People can believe what they want, but the state reserves the right to set the boundaries within which their beliefs can be practiced.
To use an analogy, we will introduce small adjustments, which SARA alone decide what is” normal freedom activities”.
- You have the freedom to go anywhere in China, but you can only walk.
- You can associate with anyone in China that you like, except those with yellow skin.
- You have freedom of speech and freedom to talk to each other in China, except you cannot use any Chinese language.
- You have the freedom of the press, except you must use the oldest Gutenberg press.
- You are free to choose your state in life, except any job that pays you a salary.
- You have the freedom of religion, but SARA set the boundaries:
- You must face your backside to the altar of worship when worshiping.
- You have to worship outside only in the rain or snow without umbrellas.
- You can only worship in the morning between 1:00 am to 3:00 am.
- You must worship our supreme leader’s wife’s cat.
God divinely inspired the BIBLE . How do we know? Each of eight accurate predictions show a high probability mathematically. The probability of one individual fulfilling eight prophecies have odds of 1 in 10 17 (1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). Jesus Christ fulfilled all prophecies, therefore the Bible MUST BE TRUE.
The Old Testament indicates another 40 astonishing predictions.
Christianity experiences stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in 1956 to an estimated 87 to 100 million Christians today.
In the end, one Christian conversion will benefit the whole family. The gifts of the Holy Spirit of healing and deliverance will help the whole family. A prayer of deliverance of evil spirits will leave any member of the Chinese family with a complete sense of peace immediately. A prayer of healing from a Christian disciple produces 80% healing. The remaining healing comes from continued prayer of praise and thanksgiving until all the healing is complete. This healing comes from the Holy Spirit through the power in the Name of Jesus Christ. No other god or deity or doctor uses this power. This proves the TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY.
BILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS CAN’ T ALL BE WRONG!
Christianity is not a philosophy, but it is a relationship with God, your Creator, in Christ TODAY. It is not knowledge of abstract principles. How do we know this? Healing takes place TODAY in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Many Christian disciples use the gift of healing. They also use deliverance to deliver away evil spirits influencing people. These evil spirits cause depression, addictions and illness through all forms of stress. Only the Name of Jesus Christ makes healing and deliverance possible.
HOW IS JESUS STILL ALIVE TODAY?
Jesus is alive today! He heals today (through His followers) and in many cases it is realized immediately. How else can you explain the explosion of Christianity, the world’s largest religion, on earth: 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth.
Christians know and feel His Presence; they communicate with Him personally; Christian prayers are always answered.
This author has been given the Gift of Healing only because he is a Christian Lay Missionary, who travels two to three places every year. On his last trip to Columbia he successfully transferred his Gift to his Spanish translators, who were able to heal as he did. He has healed Muslims to their great surprise.
He also delivers away evil spirits along with their healing. All those who are delivered from evil spirits feel a complete physical sense of peace.
DREAMS AND VISIONS
God can give a message to those non-Christians to change their heart. God knows faith will be developed eventually. God will come to you in the form of dreams or visions. So be sensitive to any dreams or visions, when you ask God for it earnestly.