China pulls Bibles from online retailers as it steps up control over religion
China appears to have removed the Bible from online retailers in a further sign of its clampdown on religious freedom.
The authoritarian state has always controlled the sale of Bibles, only permitting them to be distributed by state-sanctioned churches, but now officials appear to have taken that restriction further by curbing their availability online.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, that each person who belongs to God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
I hope they can smuggle a lot of good Bibles through Hong Kong
BBC wrote: .... "Official churches are in fact just political institutes," he says. "It is impossible for us to leave Jesus and follow the Party."
In many ways, even the "home" churches have much more freedom than would have been imaginable 40 years ago.
And as with many things in China, cycles of repression and relative relaxation, come and go.
But with the Party's recent emphasis on making religion "compatible with the country's path of socialism" some fear that the room for freedom of worship is about to become even smaller....
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