[Prayer] Let the evil deeds of the Chinese authorities, which destroys and oppresses the church, be stopped!
The Chinese government has announced the amendment of the “Religious Affairs Ordinance”, which was enacted on February 1st. And ever since then, Chinese House Churches have been demolished, closed down and openly oppressed. In September last year, after the revision of the Religious Affairs Ordinance, which strengthened the control and regulation of all religions including Protestantism, was announced, the Chinese government used explosives to demolish the Jin Deng Church in Phu Shan prefecture, Linfern City, Shaanxi Province China. And since February 1st of this year, churches in Sihwa prefecture in Henan province have also been closed down. The churches in 19 villages in Sihwa prefecture were informed that they could not conduct religious activities in places where they had not been approved, and the Chinese government also banned closed church members from worshiping at home.
According to the new amendment, all religious activities such as worship, education, and donations that are not registered with the government are illegal (Article 41). A penalty of up to 200,000 yuan (about 35 million won) may be imposed if a place is found for illegal religious activities (Article 71). It is also forbidden for Chinese religious leaders or members to participate in religious training, conferences, and pilgrimage to the Holy Land abroad. And in case of violation, a maximum fine of 200,000 yuan shall be imposed. If a non-religious institution, rather than a registered religious facility, is engaged in missionary work or provides a place for rallies or training, the accreditation may be canceled, and criminal liability be incurred (Article 70).
As a result, it is expected that the repression of Chinese house churches that have not been registered with the government will be further intensified, and it will be difficult for Chinese missionaries to work. In fact, last year, about 50 Korean missionaries from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China were deported. Therefore, much prayer is needed in order to get back to the old Communist Party and to withdraw the evil policies of the arrogant and incompetent Si Jinping government, which is leading the suppression of the church, so that the Chinese house church can overcome the oppression. Also pray that missionaries working in China can work wisely in the protection of God.
I claim your promises in Nahum 1:2, “The LORD is jealous and avenging God; the LORD takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The LORD takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies.” And I lift up the situation in which the Chinese government 's repression of the church is becoming outspoken. May the Chinese government by Your mighty hand to immediately withdraw the arrogant and evil policy of keeping the church under government control. May the Chinese Churches rely more on God alone and restore the holy and pure faith, so that those who oppress the church will be fear. And have mercy upon the missionaries so that they can wisely trust in Jehovah God to minister powerfully in Jesus’ Name. I pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen!