Why China’s Bible crackdown will strengthen the Christian faith in the communist nation
In a move to further clamp down on Christianity in China, the Bible will no longer be available online or in large retail stores (“China’s online retailers pull Bible from shelves as Beijing gets strict on sale of holy text”, April 5).
Searches on Chinese e-commerce platform for the Bible brought up no results, and a major retailer in Beijing says “they no longer sell it”, according to London’s The Daily Telegraph. The ban follows in the wake of China’s crackdown in Zhejiang province, in which crosses were toppled and church buildings demolished amid Beijing’s anti-church campaign.
However, despite the government’s efforts to banish the Christian faith in China, the Church is growing by leaps and bounds.
Unlike the Church in Britain and the United States, which is declining, the persecution of Chinese believers has given rise to unprecedented growth.
If the Communist Party is intent on curbing the influence of Christianity, as the evidence would suggest, its ill-fated modus operandi would seem to propagate the faith that it is so vigorously committed to destroy.
Brian Stuckey, Denver