It has been reported that China is using the COVID-19 crisis to increase the pressure on Christians attending church. China Institute at Lincoln Christian University in Illinois, has stated that persecution against unsanctioned Christian churches in China is “now the worst” he has seen since the late 1970s. Government officials have ordered that crosses must be removed from churches because nothing can be higher than the national flag. The Chinese government is pressuring neighbors to spy on each other and to denounce their faith in writing.
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