Leah Marieann Klett : Aug 5, 2016 : The Gospel Herald

“The number [of Christians in China] grows by several million each year, a phenomenon some have described as a gushing well or geyser.

At this rate, by 2030, Christians in China will exceed 200 million, surpassing the United States and making China the country with the largest Christian population in the world.” -Yu Jie

Gospel Herald] Despite rampant persecution carried out against Christians by China’s Communist leaders, a leading Chinese writer has argued that Christianity – not Confucianism, Communism, or Atheism – is the country’s future.

Yu Jie, a best-selling Chinese author and one of the foremost critics of the country’s leadership, recently penned in an op-ed published in the August edition First Things in which he contended that “a growing faith in Christ, strengthened by the bonds of fellowship in church life, is breathing new life into my country.”

Christians in China have seen an uptick in persecution since the Xi administration came into power three years ago. Last year, the president warned that religions must be independent of foreign influence and said that the Communist party’s religious work should be about winning over the hearts and minds of the public.

Over the past several years, an unprecedented number of church leaders have been imprisoned, sent to mental institutions, beaten and tortured. Thousands of crosses have also been forcibly removed from over 1,800 churches…

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