In China, the number of communist converted officials is growing, although the authorities try to deny it: 10% of the PCC members secretly frequent churches and temples, even with great zeal and fervour. “There is a small number of people who have forgotten the vision of the world preached by the theorists of communism. These people have turned to religion, and this fact is now causing serious concern. Now they are watched by the Disciplinary Committee”, this is what is written in an article of the internal bulletin of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CPC, internal-control institution that has the power to open investigations and expel those who break the rules. In fact, in this country “citizens have the freedom of religious belief, but Communist Party members aren’t the same as regular citizens; they are fighters in the vanguard for a communist consciousness,” and “serious measures” will be taken against those breaking the rules.
“We frequently come across this issue in our missionary work”, said the Beijing-based Protestant pastor Liu Fenggang to Free Asia Radio. “ “For many years now, a lot of Chinese officials and Communist Party members and their families have been turning to Jesus.” According to the pastor, the reason was a large number of “political mistakes” made by the party. “Mistakes they keep doing today, persecuting our churches and forcing the demolition of crosses.”
Party officials are put in charge of Catholics, Buddhists, Taoists, Muslims, and Protestants. Judaism isn’t recognized, and worship in non-recognized temples, churches, or mosques is against the law. All the believers must register at the state organizations that control religion, or they are forced to live their faith within given limits and running serious risks. Judaism does not fall into these categories but, without approval, the few Jews living in the country can practice their religion. With the opening of direct diplomatic channels between China and Israel, the year 1992 marked a positive turning point for the return of Judaism in China.
Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo