It is getting worse for Christians in China, a country known for its open hostility of Christ followers.
Already a longtime persecutor of the Church, the Communist country is turning to technology to identify, monitor and arrest believers.
David Curry of Open Doors USA recently told the “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” radio program the government has been going high-tech, including facial recognition.
“They had a church shut down in Beijing in September because the church refused to put cameras on their pulpits,” Curry told the program. “[The church] knew that the Communist Party wanted to watch the Christians.”
OneNewsNow reported in a December story that a church pastor, Wang Yi, was among the members of Early Rain Covenant Church who were whisked away for being part of an illegal underground church.
“Those who interrogate me will finally be questioned and judged by Christ,” he wrote in a defiant letter penned before his arrest.
Curry says the Church is having a positive effect on the Chinese culture, from lower divorce rates to improved productivity on the job. Yet the Christians are obeying Christ and his teachings, not government.
“What they want to do is try to make them bow down to the Communist dogma,” says Curry, “and churches are saying, We love our country (but) we’re not going to do that.”
Christians now outnumber Communist Party members, he adds, and that statistic frightens those who are wielding power and refuse to give it up. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebook9Share to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreMore6