Christianity in China

Christianity in China

On today’s CBC Radio program, The Current this morning—August 15, 2008—a Canadian journalist was invited to attend a Christian House Church worship service. The House Church movement is critical of the official, state-sanctioned Church, because it believes that the latter is merely a pawn of the state. These House Church Christians are under surveillance by the state and could be imprisoned for gathering to worship. Yet, as historically the Church has grown and been strengthened due to persecution—so is the Chinese House Church movement. On the other hand, those who are involved in the state-sanctioned Church claim that they can be a positive influence on the government to move in the direction of democracy (although this point was not made in this particular program, I have heard it emphasised by Chinese Church leaders in another setting). You can listen to the program here.