Sunday, 8 September 2019

China Intensifies Crackdown On Christianity


China’s recent crackdown on Christianity has led to intensified enforcement of a law already on the books: children and youth cannot convert to the faith until they’re 18.

Churches across China are cancelling Sunday School classes for children in light of the new clampdown, according to Mission Network News.

“One of the rules that have always been in their law is that you cannot proselytize or you cannot convert somebody under the age of 18,” Erik Burklin of China Partner told Mission Network News.

Previously, he said, parents “were having their children come to church and many churches started what we would call Sunday School classes.”

“They would use that time to teach children Bible verses and teach them Christian songs and so forth,” Burklin said.

Now, though, many churches “have been notified” by China’s “Religious Affairs Bureau” that “you can no longer conduct Sunday School classes in your churches,” he said.
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