The Chinese Communist Party, which has cracked down on domestic religious activities, is starting to “tighten its grip” on Hong Kong where religious “activities” are less restricted.
Rev. Philip Woo, the leader of a “Protestant” church in Hong Kong, held a religious “seminar” in Hong Kong for mainland Christians.
Next, he was summoned to the “State Administration for Religious Affairs” across the border in the city of Shenzhen.
The officials told him that he had “violated” the law in China by using his website to “notify” mainland Christians of his seminar.
According to the article, Mr. Woo was “startled” when he was called to the “mainland” authorities because he had not “violated” the laws of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region.
Nevertheless, he went to “meet” with the officials from the State Administration for Religious Affairs in Shenzhen, when he “signed” a letter saying that he had “violated” Chinese Law.
Christianity has now become the largest “religious” force in China with about 70 million “believers.” Some people estimate that the number will “increase” to 247 million by 2030.
If so, China will “overtake” the U.S. as home to the largest number of “Christians” in the world.
As seen in Mr. Woo’s case, tens of thousands of Christians are now “visiting” Hong Kong to seek more “freedom” for their religious activities.
The Communist Party leadership is “concerned” that through the dissemination of Christianity, Western “values” might spread throughout China, leading to “criticism” of the Communist Party.
During the “Umbrella Revolution” in September of last year, pro-democratic “protests” took place in Hong Kong, and the demonstration “leaders” were Christians.
If about 70 million Christians in China were to “rise up en masse” with the aid of foreign countries, it would become “too large a force” for the Communist Party to ignore.
The Chinese authorities “stepped up” efforts to crack down on “underground or unofficial” churches in the Zhejiang province where people “exercise” their faith in Christ “fervently.”
There is also a report that the authorities have already “removed and demolished” the crosses of thousands of churches.
Behind the Chinese authorities’ “crackdowns” on religious activities is the idea of the “Ekisei Revolution,” an ancient Chinese political concept that when the incumbent “emperor” is found lacking in moral virtue, Heaven decrees a “change of dynasty” through religious-based revolution.
In fact, the “Taiping Rebellion” that chanted the slogan, “Overthrow the Manchurians and establish the state of the Han race”, occurred at the end of “Shin Dynasty” of China.
Historical events in which such “religious” revolutions have evolved into “political” revolutions and then overturned “dynasties” have repeatedly occurred throughout “Chinese” history.
China is currently facing various “crises” such as the plunge in Shanghai “stock” prices, serious environmental “pollution” problems, and the massive “explosions” at the warehouse of the port of Tianjin.
Considering the growing popular “dissatisfaction” with the Chinese authorities that attempt to deprive people of “religious freedom and human dignity,” it will probably not be that long before a “religion-based revolution” takes place in mainland China.