The Beijing Tourism Administration website says that “(a)ny printed material, film, tapes that are ‘detrimental to China’s politics, economy, culture and ethics’” are forbidden, and adds that, “Each travel(ler) is recommended to take no more than one Bible into China.” Despite China’s claim that it allows religious freedom, the truth is that this “freedom” is tightly controlled through government-registered churches. Bibles are officially printed in China, but in quantities too small for the growing Chinese church.
This from the Bibles Unbound website:
According to recently-released Chinese house church leader Cai Zhuohua, he was not allowed to read his Bible during his time in prison and was forced to make soccer balls for the 2008 Beijing Olympics for 10 to 12 hours a day. Cai Zhuohua had been in jail since 2004 for “illegal business practices.” What were these illegal practices? He was distributing Christian literature, including Bibles, and giving them away without a government permit.
A few days ago I modeled how you can reach China and win the lost with your computer. Here’s how to do it through your mailbox. Right now, there is a list with the addresses of 30,390 members China’s underground church who are requesting a Bible.
The hunger for the Word of God in China is awesome. And yet, 9 out of 10 of the Christians in the US reading this own multiple Bibles and yet haven’t opened one since Sunday. Hmm.