China is determined to snuff out Christianity and they’re even willing to pay Chinese citizens to help them out.
In a desperate attempt to stop the name of Christ from being preached, Chinese officials have resorted to bribing people to report their neighbors for “illegal” activities.
And once you find out what they consider to be “illegal,” you’ll be infuriated.
According to the Communist Party of China (CPC), “illegal” activities include distributing Gospel tracks and gathering together for house churches.
Sadly, the full list of what is deemed “illegal” is much longer.
“Reportable offenses include unqualified religious personnel, unauthorized trans-regional activities, preaching and distributing printed religious works, audio-visual products outside places of worship, unauthorized donations, and private house gatherings.”
The CPC offers multiple ways to report Christians – either by phone, email, or even writing a letter.
While your average person might not be interested in reporting Christians, the cash incentive could cause them to change their mind.
So just how much is the reward?
According to China Christian Daily, informants can receive up to 1,000 yuan (about $150 in USD).
It’s clear the CPC is determined to find out where all the Christians are located – and they know they can’t do it without the help of locals reporting them.
The truth is, China is obsessed with terrorizing Christians.
While Christianity is so-called “legal” in China, the CPC insists that preachers must teach communism and other tenants that blatantly go against the Bible.
Christians are also required to “register” – which of course makes them a target for persecution.
In order to teach the true Gospel, the church has gone underground, which is illegal in China.
Even Christian apps and hard copies of religious materials have been banned.
To those who are public in their faith, hundreds of crosses continue to be removed from churches, and even local fishermen are being told they must remove all forms of Christian symbols from their boats.
Chinese officials are convinced that if they can pay their own people to snitch on their neighbors, they can finally crack down on Christianity.
But the truth is, God’s Word can never be silenced.
The Gospel will continue to go on and God’s Word never returns void.
We must continue to stand with our Christian Chinese brothers and sisters in prayer – and pray they can continue to gather together in home churches and make the name of Christ known.
And, as Christians, let us take comfort in knowing God will always make a way for His truth to be spread.
As history has shown, it is often during extreme persecution that people come to Christ as they witness others willing to die for their faith.
May we always be ready and willing to give an answer for the hope that we have.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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