The Chinese government is officially denying that they were ever trying to demolish a large church building. However, in the process of denying they would ever do such an evil deed, people in government made some interesting comments about church growth.
According to the Telegraph:
Officials denied launching a church demolition movement.
However, in a recent speech the provincial official in charge of religious affairs hinted at Communist Party discomfort at how fast congregations were growing in what is already considered China’s most Christian region. More than one million of Wenzhou’s nine million residents are thought to be practicing Protestants, according to some estimates.
Feng Zhili, the chairman of Zhejiang’s ethnic and religious affairs committee, said Christianity’s growth had been “too excessive and too haphazard”.
God is obviously really blessing China with the spread of salvation and grace! I’m sure our politicians would, if they could be honest, complain that Christianity is not receding fast enough, but they probably never complain about it growing too fast. Wouldn’t it be great if American rulers felt uncomfortable enough with the growth of Christianity in the U.S. that they felt a need to complain about it?
China is an officially atheist state that only offers formal recognition to five religions: Buddhism, Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism and Taoism.
Religious beliefs are officially discouraged, particularly among the Communist Party’s more than 85 million members.
However, support is offered to many officially sanctioned churches and some within the Communist Party view religion as a useful ally in maintaining social stability.
Xi Jinping, the president, has been quoted as saying that China is “losing its moral compass” and thinks “traditional” faiths such as Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism could “help fill a void that has allowed corruption to flourish,” Reuters reported last year, citing sources close to the leadership.
So Christians in China have their work cut out for them. They not only need to attract converts from atheism and communism, but they also need to convince their countrymen that the “traditional” religions of China’s history are not sufficient alternatives to the atheism of Communism.
We should pray that they keep growing fast enough to alarm their leaders. Perhaps someday they will do us the favor of sending missionaries to North America.