The ruling party in China is attempting to increase their control over religious freedom in the country, most recently by taking a crackdown on Christianity.
In the country’s province of Henan, which has one of the largest Christian populations in China, churches were raided and demolished, Bibles and holy books were confiscated and new laws were established to monitor religious activities.
The intensity of the government crackdowns have increased in recent months. Just this year, they have shut down hundreds of Christian house churches, seized Bibles and forced e-commerce retailers to stop selling Bibles.
To avoid becoming targets in the government campaign, many congregations are meeting in smaller groups in person and on-line.
According to the Associated Press, experts said Presiden Xi is “waging the most severe systematic suppression of Christianity in the country since religious freedom was written into the Chinese constitution in 1982.”
Belief-net.com / ABC Flash Point News 2019.