China: Police stop Christmas carol performance, riot police stand in front of cathedral to ensure it remains closed

December 25, 2020

Persecution of Christians in China: “The excessive measure further proves the government’s fear of religion,” the article below states, and that is true particularly regarding the government’s fear of Christianity.

The Chinese government is attempting to stamp out traditional Christianity and create a form of the religion that serves merely as a tool to reinforce the all-encompassing power of the state. This is a matter of grave concern also for all the Christians of the country, including the tiny community of Orthodox Christians. The Orthodox churches in China could be closed at any time at the whim of local officials, and Orthodox Christians taken into custody.

China offers yet another instance of the persecution of Christians by governing officials that is unfortunately on the increase not only in China, but in all too many other nations around the world.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in China, see here.

“Another Difficult Christmas for Chinese Christians,” International Christian Concern, December 24, 2020:

12/24/2020 China (International Christian Concern) – While the rest of the world celebrates Christmas with joy and social distanced services, Christians in China once again face challenges and restrictions as the government continues to clamp down on Christianity.

According to pastor Yang Xibo from Xunsiding Church in Xiamen city, some local Christians were invited to perform Christmas songs at Wanda Plaza (a shopping mall) on Christmas Eve, yet their performance was interrupted by local police. Local Ethnic and Religious Affairs Bureau and State Security also dispatched staff to make sure the Christians’ performance is canceled….

Father Francis Liu from Chinese Christian Fellowship of Righteousness also shared a photo of riot police standing in front of Xishiku Cathedral in Beijing’s Xicheng district. Ironically, a board outside of the church’s gate reads “Due to the pandemic, all church activities have been halted.” The excessive measure further proves the government’s fear of religion.

In addition, Shenzhen University also sent out a notice to staff asking them to ban students from holding Christmas activities, posting Christmas flyers, or showing Christmas display in campus.