By Emily Watt | 19 February 2020
China | Pressure Is Growing, But So Is The Church
Churches in China are facing increasing pressure after new government regulations were introduced earlier this year.
In some cities in the southeast province of Jiangxi, churches have been ordered to replace their cross with a flag and put up Communist propaganda.
Government officials pulled down the cross of a church in one city.
In another, more than 40 churches have hung a slogan that reads, “Non-locals are prohibited from preaching; no underage people allowed in church.”
Targeting The Next Generation
One of the most alarming regulations is that in some areas, children are not allowed to attend church. This is seen as an effort to stunt the growth of Christianity for the next generation.
The Growth Continues
Despite increased pressure, the church in this country of 1.4 billion people continues to grow.
On the 2018 World Watch List, China ranks 43 of countries most difficult to follow Jesus, with nearly 100 million people identifying as Christians
Over the last four decades, China has gone through a revival. The number of believers has grown by an average of 10% annually since 1979.
Some reports indicate that China is on track to have the world’s largest population of Christians by 2030.
- Praise God that people are being saved, and the church is growing in China.
- Pray that believers remain strengthened and continue to share the gospel.
- Pray for members of the Communist Government, that they will come to know the Jesus as their Lord.
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