According to Open Doors, Fifty million Chinese Christians have experienced persecution in China following the enforcement of new religious affairs regulations in March 2018.
The charity for persecuted Christians, Open Doors, ranks China at 27 out of the top 50 countries where it is hardest to be a Christian, a jump of 16 places.
The Chinese government is cracking down on Christians and other religious minorities, aiming for the ‘sinicisation’ of religion – making it fit smoothly with the Communist line and increasing loyalty to President Xi Jinping’s ideology.
There are plans to ‘contextualize’ the Bible to fit with Chinese culture.
Some churches have been told to fly the Chinese flag higher than the cross and to sing the national anthem before services.
50 million Chinese Christians persecuted, says Open Doors: