New laws that are all set to be passed in China threaten the Christians in the country with severe persecution, including prison.
CBN News reports that according to an anonymous tip-off from an American Christian, who has connections with China's underground house church movement, church leaders in China are praying and fasting, and preparing themselves for the new legal amendments.
Reportedly, 26 new amendments to laws that regulate religious life are in the offing, and the citizens of the nation had until 7<sup>th of October to voice their concerns.
China Law Translate reveals that the new version of the law has 74 articles as opposed to the earlier version with 48 articles, and it covers aspects like general legal provisions, religious bodies, sites for religious activities, religious personnel, religious property, legal liability, and religious activities. These suggested amendments will exercise stringent controls on religious life in China.
Dr. David Curry, from Open Doors USA, stated that while the new amendments did have some common sense religious regulations that could protect the rights of Christians, he is worried about the impact they would have on China's Christian population.
Speaking to CBN News, he said, "Many people within China view Christianity and their rapid growth as a threat to national unity."
A two-page letter released by the Chinese government in September explained the necessity of the new amendments, and warned, "Any religious group or religious individual should not use religion to bring threats against national security."
Brent Fulton from ChinaSource disclosed that officials in China have always viewed Christianity as a western tool that aims to infiltrate China. He opined, "In these new regulations there are things that specifically mention foreign infiltration. I think that's what they are most concerned about--the influence of the West as they see it happening through the church."
Despite these restrictive moves, Fulton explained how amazed he was at how fast Christianity was growing.
"God is moving in China in incredible ways," Fulton said. "The example of the urban church today is really a testimony of what God is doing. You've got these urban house churches sprouting up in cities across China and they are very open about what they are doing."