As China becomes more politically conservative, some churches are facing greater pressure to fall in line with the Communist party, a country expert has confirmed.
Speaking anonymously, a spokesperson for Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) told Christian Today that there has been a “knock on effect” for Christians following the introduction of a hard-line approach to various parts of civil society by President Xi Jinping.
It’s having particular repercussions for party members, of which there are at least 80 million. “The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is the largest political party in the world, and being part of it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re an official. Lots of young people see it as a way to get further educational and employment opportunities; it’s a networking tool,” the spokesperson explained.