Chinese government surveils communities with eye to catching believers
China is increasing its surveillance apparatus with a special focus on believers.
According to interviews conducted by Bitter winter with administrators of Chinaâ€™s â€śgridâ€ť system instituted last year, in which Chinese communities are subdivided into units of 15 to 20 households and one spy placed within the community to monitor all activities, the â€śhidden dangersâ€ť sought by the government are spiritual.
â€śKey targets of supervision include persons who have been released from prison after completing their sentences and religious believers,â€ť a government plant in Shandong province told the persecution magazine....
This tactic has always been carried out by Communist regimes. Even the government permitted show churches have to carry out the dictates of the government.
Basically, it is that theological education of pastors, ministers, priests, etc., is controlled by the government, bishops, area superintendents, and the leaders of the denomination are appointed by the government , sermons are submitted to and approved by the government, with sensitive subjects being totally banned, cameras linked to local police stations are installed in all the churches, there is a total ban on any religious activities outside the church building on Sundays and possibly a permitted midweek service, evangelism is completely banned, and any activity involving children is banned, they are not even allowed to accompany their parents to the church for services.
Furthermore now, national flags are to be displayed, patriotic songs are to be sung, as well as or even instead of Christian hymns, and now the Bible is to be interfered with and mixed with the national Communist philosophy.
Anything else is to be severely punished and totally suppressed. Unfortunately, for the Communist leadership, this is actually the best way to grow the true church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.
One of the things that most donâ€™t fully know about is the surveillance that communist countries use to catch those who are not worshipping in accordance with the law. Neighbors turn in their neighbors, nominal christians turn in their friends and on and on. And the authorities will befriend Christians and attend their churches pretending to be one of them. These people are also financially rewarded. And some places require that sermons are pre-approved by some local political leader.
The penalties for worshipping in accordance with scripture are often very severe.
Revelation 13:15 â€śAnd he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.â€ť