China keeps persecution hidden from sight

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

China continues to persecute Christians but is a little better at hiding it these days.

Chinese flagInternational Christian Concern suggests that one way China hides the persecution of the Church is by tightening controls over the press, but spokesman Ryan Morgan tells OneNewsNow that in larger cities they typically do not attack the house church as often. They are now much more subtle in their approach.

“They apply pressure by going to the landlord that runs the building, for instance, and telling him to terminate the lease of the church,” he explains. “Or they'll invite the pastor over for tea and, you know, encourage the pastor - and I say that with irony to join one of the government-controlled churches.” 

However, most pastors refuse. According to Morgan, when one gets out of the major cities, the situation changes.

“Christians are still ending up in large numbers in what they would call 're-education' through labor camps,” he says. “They will be arrested for a year, two, three years at a time without any trial and forced to do labor eight to twelve hours a day, and some of these Christians have been arrested multiple times because they continue to worship at house churches despite their imprisonment.”

Morgan admits he is not surprised by any of it because in 2010 China began providing more funds to police its internal population than on its already huge military establishment.

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