Thousands of pastors go into hiding amid China’s rising persecution, attempts to eradicate Christianity

Dec 18, 2020 by

By Jackson Elliott, Christian Post:

Tens of thousands of house church pastors and evangelists across China have gone into hiding as the Communist Party prepares for what seems like a “final assault” on Christianity in an attempt to eradicate it from the country, according to missions group Asia Harvest.

In its final newsletter for 2020, Asia Harvest said pastors have disconnected from their phones and computers so that government authorities can no longer use those devices to track their movements. These pastors have also reportedly destroyed the microchips inside their ID cards so authorities cannot track their locations using those devices either.

“Each person in China must have an ID card. It is impossible for a person to catch a flight or train, open a bank account, get a job, or rent an apartment without using their card. Each ID card contains a computer chip which is also used to track people’s movements,” the newsletter added.

While Asia Harvest declined The Christian Post’s request for an interview, CP has reported on many of the key concerns regarding rising persecution that are mentioned in its newsletter, including the regime’s attempts to “corrupt the Gospel” by rewriting biblical accounts.

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See also: Persecution of Christians in China: Briefing from Open Doors UK

The stranglehold on religious life in China, from Christian Solidarity Worldwide

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