Kids Are Ban from Attending Church in China: it’s getting worse


Media reports confirmed that Chinese law does not allow children under the age of 18 to attend church.

This report was popularised by David Curry, president of Open Doors – an organisation that speaks and acts against Christian persecution. Mr Curry said the persecution against Christians in Chine is getting worse.

China was No. 17 on this year’s 2022 World Watch List, which ranks the countries of the world according to the danger level for Christians.

The report said Christians “are facing increased pressure from the Chinese authorities, due partially to the ‘most oppressive and sophisticated surveillance system in the world’.

Mr Curry added that the Chinese Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping “knows that he cannot stamp out” the nation’s Christians because there are about 96 million Christians in China.

He highlighted that: “And so he (Xi Jinping) is slowly strangling Christian faith, and he’s doing it with high-tech surveillance. They watch, and they track everybody in what they’re doing – through facial recognition and other things. Imagine if the IRS owned every camera in every restaurant on every street in America. We would be very concerned that the IRS has that. China has that plus other means of surveilling, and so they have the ability to track and to score behaviour”.

It is reported that Christians in China must attend government-approved churches that face heavy regulations, such as the editing of sermons. This tight-fisted persecution makes some Christians attend illegal underground churches.

Mr Curry said the Chinese government may decide that some people are going to church too often and place restrictions on them. And it could just be that such people only attend Bible story.

Parents in China are left few choices such as personal discipling or sneaking them (their children) into some sort of Bible study.

Curry said. “What happens, in this case, is that the kids may not be let into the college of their choice if they attend Bible study, they may not get jobs, the parents may lose their job”.

A report revealed that: “So there’s repercussions for this sort of thing. The pandemic has given the government an excuse to persecute. Although all churches closed during the pandemic, “some churches were forced to remain closed once restrictions began to lift, and were quietly phased out. Christian leaders are generally the main target of government surveillance, and a very small number have been abducted. Converts from a Muslim or Buddhist background from minority ethnic groups arguably face the most severe violations of religious freedom, because they are persecuted, not only by the authorities, but also by their families and communities”.

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