All Christian news and mission-centric websites that talk about China tell me one of two things:
- China has the largest number of people coming to Christ anywhere
- Chinese Christians are often persecuted. Evangelism is challenging and possibly illegal, but it doesn’t stop
Here are words of Jesus on persecution of his believers:-
Mark 13 9 “You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me, you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 10And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. 11Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
Wow, this is so true today when I hear people finding Christ in Africa, the Islamic world as well as China and places where would be unlikely a few decades ago.
So I saw some very large bookshops in Beijing and Shanghai. One of them was in a big mall like this.
So from what I have read, the Chinese government now encourage *some* aspects of Christianity. But on their terms. Or respect Christianity at least for its historical value. Most of the religious books in these shops are about Buddhism.
Lastly, these bibles were on sale in a church in Shanghai. The church is a brand new purpose built place. This has no English speaking people and does not appear dependant on a western ministry for teaching or funding. More later.