Report: China Counting Its Christians, Pastors Shifting Strategy to Avoid Shutdown

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(Mission Network News)  Rumors that China’s Central Government ordered its towns to monitor and count Christians appear to be true.

More specifically, Asian Access’ Joe Handley says, “What we’re hearing is they’re following up and wanting to get actual names of those who believe in God. And it’s not just Christianity. It also includes [non-theistic religions like] Buddhism, Taoism. It’s spanning the scope of everything, including Catholics, Protestants, and probably intense focus on underground church leaders.”

He added that a primary motivator for the crackdown might relate to government alarm over the explosive growth of Christianity. “The government certainly is concerned about that. They’re afraid that political movement could come to this and, that eventually, these faith leaders could overthrow the government.”

China began enforcing a series of policies over the last 24 months aimed at “sinicism,” or making different elements of society more “Chinese.”

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