Christianity in China has been growing rapidly despite a regime that is increasingly hostile to
According to one estimate, China will become the world’s largest Christian nation by 2030 if it
continues its current growth rate.
Evangelical Protestantism in particular has been growing rapidly among the Christian sects.
The church in China is divided into two main groups the house churches and the official
church. More than half of Chinese Protestants attend illegal house churches.
In the last year, Chinese authorities have increasingly been attacking and even destroying
Christian churches in the country.
Terence Halliday, a director of the Center for Law and Globalization in Chicago who has
worked in China, says:
There’s an enormous struggle across China brought by the rise of worshipers
that seem to really believe. Christianity now makes up the largest single civil
society grouping in China. The party sees that.
The Chinese once considered Christianity something for older female peasants; but now, it
increasingly includes the young and the educated.
Orville Schell, the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on USChina Relations at the Asia
Society in New York, talks about the growing spiritual search among the Chinese
people: “Everyone is groping and grasping. People are turning to Buddhism, Christianity,
selfhelp, and Taoism. CEOs and billionaires run around with their spiritual masters and visit
Last year in Hangzhou, China, a massive cross on an official church was torn down by
authorities. The authorities removed the cross with a crane–but not before church members
surrounded the building and chanted “cross, cross, cross,” hoping to stop the belligerent
Many Christians are scared of the government. In China you rely on the
government for jobs, position, for money. Families and relatives are affected.
Dissidents don’t get promotion or advancement