According to a report by the China Christian Daily, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Heilongjiang Province, located in North Eastern China, is offering a reward of US$150 for anyone reporting illegal religious activity.
As part of this, the government has set up a snitch line where people can report such activity through email or by phone.
The Christian Post reports that under the program entitled, “The Reward System For Reporting Illegal Religious Activities Offences,” the government is asking citizens to report anyone who is preaching, distributing religious tracts and other religious literature (both printed and digital), holding house meetings outside the government-approved Three Self Patriot Movement (TSPM).
The TSPM is a religious organization set up by the communist regime that allows it to monitor sermons, control messaging and even appoint communist-approved pastors to the churches. All Christian churches are required to join.
The CCP justifies the reward stating it is trying to stop the spread of COVID, which ironically was the same excuse it used to crush the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
Though the government propaganda does not specifically target Christians, it is obvious that the Communist government is trying to crack down on the massive house church movement, that has thrived for several decades and resulted in a rapid growth of Christianity in the country.
In recent years, the Communist regime had loosened freedoms, and this even allowed Christians to surface and operate openly in churches across China.
However, with the arrival of the regime’s latest tyrant for life, Xi Jinping, there has been a crackdown on freedoms by the CCP.
And in 2020, the communist regime specifically began targeting Christians, closing and bulldozing many churches, forcing Christians to go back underground to escape the tyranny.
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