Chinese Government Reportedly Removing Bible Apps, Christian WeChat Amid Broader Crackdown on Faith Groups

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Bible apps, online Christian publications, and hard copy sales of the Bible online appear to be the latest target of Chinese Communist Crackdown on non-state-sectioned religion according to Christian watchdog groups and Chinese faith leaders.

China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs regulations governing organized religion under the authoritarian regime released in February went into effect on Saturday.

While Bible apps have been removed from the App Store in China, Christian WeChat accounts have been removed, International Christian Concern reports, and hardcopy Bibles are no longer available to be purchased online.

Father Francis Liu from the Chinese Christian Fellowship of Righteousness tweeted out over the weekend that the accounts were no longer available.

He included screenshots of blank landing pages for accounts such as the “Gospel League” and “Life Quarterly” that contain the message, “[We] received report that [this account] violates the ‘Internet User Public Account Information Services Management Provisions’ and its account has been blocked and suspended,” according to ICC.

Meanwhile, the CCP-sanctioned Three-self churches increasingly sell propaganda promoting President Xi Jingping’s Party ideology as their WeChat accounts have “turned into” propaganda outlets for the CCP, the Christian watchdog group says.

The Chinese regime has been subject to a global outcry over their treatment of the Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang province.

There are an estimated one million members of the religious minority kept in detention camps where reports tell of horrific and dehumanizing abuse, brainwashing, and sterilization.

Christians who refuse to comply with the statist dictates for religious organization are routinely subject to raids, arrest, imprisonment, and even, according to some chilling accounts, horrific torture in “mobile brainwashing units.”

Protestant Christians as well as Catholics, Falun Gung practitioners, and other religious minorities who embrace ideology the CCP sees as contrary to that of party doctrine face an uphill battle to practice their faith in peace.

Let us pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ as well as all of those suffering under the thumb of this literally godless regime.

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