The Changing Face of the Church in China
by Ruth Kramer
Mission Network News
"That may have been true of China 20 years ago, but some ministries are now saying, “The Times They Are a-Changin’.” Erik Burklin, President of China Partner, agrees. “‘Freedom’ is really a much better word for China. I know that sounds like the opposite of the spectrum when a lot of people think of China, but that really is true.”
"China Partner works with the registered church in China and says contrary to popular belief, “People are legally allowed to worship God.” That’s not to say that there’s no persecution. After all, China is the largest country in the world. How the government responds to the local church varies from province to province. The reports from China Aid and the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) bear witness to that.
"However, Burklin says, today there are churches, both urban and rural, springing up in many places. Red crosses top many buildings. People have the freedom to attend church openly. Bibles are available..."