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China’s surveillance and control move, targeting esp. Christians


We see in current news:

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has activated measures to drastically restrict the availability of Christian content on the internet, Open Doors reported this week.

Last December, China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) announced its upcoming “Measures for the Administration of Internet Religious Information Services,” a series of regulations designed to eliminate any online religious message that fails to conform to the principles of the CCP.

Without express government permission, no organization or individual “shall preach on the Internet, carry out religious education and training, publish sermon content, forward or link to related content, organize and conduct religious activities on the Internet, or live broadcast or post recorded videos of religious rituals,” the CCP declared at the time.

The new measures went into force on March 1 and the effects are already being felt by Christians throughout China, reported Open Doors, which monitors Christian persecution around the globe.

Online Christian ministry has been restricted to CCP-approved groups with special permits, which are only issued to state-controlled religious institutions, such as the Three Self Patriotic Movement.

The CCP has approved the state-sanctioned Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China, for example, but not the underground Catholic Church faithful to Rome.

Along with the requirement of a special permit to post religious content, even on social media, the CCP has also asserted its right to review all content to make sure it reflects and supports China’s Communist Party.

Everything that is posted “has to fit within the social harmony, the progress of society. These things are pretty typical within the communist regime. It especially restricts the house churches,” stated Kurt Rovenstine of the Bibles for China group.

H’mm, sounds all too familiar:

Rev 13:11 Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercises all the authority of the first beast . . . 16 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, 17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. 18 This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.

See where a surveillance and control, lawless oligarchy state ends up? We need to do serious rethinking. END

Hardly new. China has been kicking out Christians since the Boxer Rebellion.
Yes, over the centuries China has vacillated between openness to and suppression of Christianity. What is new is China was recently in the largest ever swing towards Christ and literally tens of millions converted, but now Xi has swung hard the other way. Barry Arrington
Foreshadowing our future? kairosfocus
Hardly new. China has been kicking out Christians since the Boxer Rebellion. polistra
CCP appears to regard Christianity as a serious threat to their regime. Seversky
China’s surveillance and control move, targetting esp. Christians kairosfocus

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