Horrifying Reports Out of China Show How Badly Christians are Being Persecuted There

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There’s a lot in the news these days about the rivalry between China and the US.

Unfortunately, the communist police state is quickly pulling ahead of us. 

China is creating genetically-enhanced super soldiers, the US is making better maternity suits for pregnant pilots. 

China is building up its navy, the US is preparing for a massive green new deal bill disguised as an “infrastructure” bill and President Joe Biden seems more interested in taking photos of his “diverse” cabinet than leading the nation. 

China is ruthless and growing in power. America is full of self-hate and shame. 

China feels no guilt, even while it genocides its Uighur minority and enslaves them in factories. 

But news out of China shows just how much worse it is than most people realize, with a growing trend of persecution of Christians. 

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China’s Christianity Regulations

In China, Christianity is only allowed under State-run Chinese Catholicism and the Patriotic Three Self Church which is the Communist version of Protestant. There are around 40 million Christians in China officially, but some believe the real number may be closer to 100 million when you count those who go to house churches. 

Those Christians who don’t find either pro-Communist church to satisfy their search for truth often try to go to other churches inside the homes of colleagues and friends that fit their belief in Christ more. 

Those who are caught in house churches face severe penalties, which more and more horror stories emerging from China of Christians being hauled into brainwash centers and forced to stop believing. 

China’s communist party led by dictator Xi Jinping, does not like competition. It has been ramping up arrests of those who aren’t fully in the system for years now including Tibetan Buddhists, Falun Gong believers, Muslims and now Christians. 

Survivors tell horror stories, with one going by the name of Li saying he was taken for around nine months to a brainwashing and torture facility to be forced to give up on his Christian beliefs. 

“They use really underhand methods. They threaten, insult and intimidate you. These were United Front officials, men, women, sometimes unidentified, usually in plain clothes. The police turn a blind eye to this,” Li explained.

“You have to accept the statement they prepare for you. If you refuse, you will be seen as having a bad attitude and they will keep you in detention and keep on beating you.”

As for the conditions of the strange mobile brainwashing center, Li said they were very bad indeed.

“There were no windows, no ventilation and no time allowed outside. I was given just two meals a day, which were brought to the room by a designated person. I couldn’t sleep; after you’ve been in there a week, death starts to look better than staying there. I bashed myself against the wall to self-harm,” Li explained.  

How it Usually Works

Usually in China, Christians are not persecuted as much as Uighurs or Tibetan Buddhists and others. Generally they are slowly bought off and offered incentives and money for becoming better Communist Party members. 

Nonetheless, it’s important to realize that the reeducation camps for Christian are  real and they are brutal. 

One woman belonging to the illegal Church of God says she was taken to a brainwashing place and it was horrible. 

“On the fourth day when I was standing at attention, my feet became numb, feeling like lead. When I went to the toilet at night, I had to move slowly with my hands supporting my knees. The backs of my feet and my legs were all black. If I stayed in the toilet over the three minutes they set, the prisoners would shout to urge me, and pour cold water over my body. As they poured water on me more than once, my shoes were always wet, making my feet swollen even more, so that I had difficulties in putting my feet into my shoes.”