This year, China’s crackdown on online Christian activities has increased even more. China’s new law is an attack to end all Christian activity online.
On March 1, 2022, the Administrative Measures for Internet Religious Information Services came into full force, implementing some of the strictest measures for censorship of anywhere in the world.
Any website in China that provided Christian teachings, Biblical resources, religious news, or devotionals were told to “rectify according to the March 1 Measures for Internet Religious Information Services,” by April 8.
According to China Christian Daily, additional directives were added in an attempt to prevent anything that would be considered to be Christian, “Please particularly pay attention to Article 17: Other than any circumstances provided in Article 15 and 16, no organization or individual shall preach their religions, conduct religious training, post or repost sermons or scripture preaching, conduct religious activities, or live stream or post texts, pictures or recorded videos of religious rituals including services, worshiping, incense burning, monkhood anointment, scripture chanting, mass or baptism on the Internet.”
Christians have already found that many of the websites that they used to rely on for daily devotionals are now blocked. The word “Gospel” for instance, is highly sensitive and is now blocked on any official account. Any account that attempts to put this word on their account is subjected to being shut down.
The Word, Gospel, or Fuyin (福音), in Chinese can no longer be used as a search word onWeChat in China. WeChat is the largest social media platform in China.
After forcing all of China to go into mandatory lockdown due to Covid-19, essentially shutting down all official churches and restricting any movement for house church members, Chinese Christians who abided by the law had no other choice but to meet online.
However, now that China has routed all believers to meet online – they have launched a massive attack, by shutting down all online access to the Gospel.
This is definitely a time that the house church in China needs prayers.