Underground University China
Coronavirus Hasn’t Slowed the Persecution in China
코로나 바이러스에도 수그러들지 않는 중국의 기독교 박해
The Coronavirus is not the only new challenge facing Chinese Christians this winter. A new and stricter set of regulations governing churches went into effect in February. And these new regulations are likely to challenge Chinese Christians long after the Coronavirus outbreak is controlled.
Photo of Cedar Church of Yixing, Jiangsu which was bulldozed to the ground by the Chinese government.
Because the news from China is all about the Coronavirus, people may think that persecution of Chinese Christians by the government is somehow “on hold”. But the virus has given authorities new excuses and ways to crack down. For example, in Korea many churches switched from live worship services to live streaming of services online, due to the Coronavirus, whereas in China, churches went from live services to no services, as a government crackdown on live streaming of religious services continues.
But the live streaming ban is only a small part of the renewed Chinese government crackdown on churches that is happening even during the Coronavirus outbreak. In November 2019 the State Administration of Religious Affairs released Order 13, the “Administrative Measures for Religious Groups” which went into effect February 1. Article 17 of that Order states:
“Religious organizations must spread the principles and policies of the Chinese Communist Party, as well as national laws, regulations, rules to religious personnel and religious citizens, educating religious personnel and religious citizens to support the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, supporting the socialist system, adhering to and following the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics.”
Coronavirus Hasn’t Slowed the UU China Project
코로나 바이러스에도 수그러들지 않는 유유 사역
This is why the UU China project continues to supply persecuted Christians in China with the latest resources – books, videos, sermons and articles uploaded to the secure Chinese language website. This site continues to be accessible by Chinese Christians and remains an important resource especially during this time of the Coronavirus quarantine.
We also continue to provide the Chinese church discipleship resources through our two yearly trainings on the theology of the cross.
“I need to prepare my heart for persecution,”
one former student replied when asked about the importance of the UU China curriculum.
Despite the danger in attending, Chinese Christians see UU China as a life-line of sorts. Not only does the class give them the opportunity to connect with Christian brothers and sisters in Christ, but it reassures them that the Christ for whom they’re suffering is indeed real; that the Christ held up by the CCP is truly a sham meant to further the government’s power.