The Communist Party in China knows that there are thousands if not millions of Christians in China. Many churches are underground, allegedly subverting the control of the government. Officials have adopted a new strategy: creating a Chinese Christian Theology that puts the government first and the Kingdom of God second, appointing their own ministers and encouraging obedience to the Chinese state.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
China’s government is counting on Christians making their nation a higher priority than obedience to God.
- What is worse, persecution or collaboration? While the church in China has suffered persecution, it’s numbers have increased dramatically. Could the government’s new approach cause problems for the church in China?
- What is the significance of this shift? Will China continue to openly persecute Christians? What are the possible outcomes of this situation?
- How can churches in America pray for China? As Christians face new pressure in China to join government churches and to put their country before their faith, American Christians can pray for wisdom and courage for those facing continued pressure and persecution.
How is your church connected with the global church?
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