Though China was, in some ways, open to Christianity for the past two decades, that has completely changed for the worse in the past few years under President Xi Jinping. This has been especially true in the past 18 months, as thousands of Chinese Christians have been arrested, and some are even being sent to concentration camps.

Church leaders in China have said things are now “worse than during the Cultural Revolution”.

Many in the West thought that Communism collapsed with the break-up of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. They were wrong. The dark forces of aggressive, God-hating atheism are alive and well in China.

Chinese Christians are now experiencing intense persecution that is more fierce than anything experienced in China since the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s.

In many ways, this is made possible because of the current government’s new technology (READ: Surveillance state: China uses facial recognition cameras to monitor and persecute Christians).

Few Christians around the world imagined that China would ever return to an era of intense anti-Christian persecution like during Mao’s rule, but things are in place for a brutal and prolonged period of struggle for Christians in China.

It has also been reported in the last few days that China has banned Christians from all church activities in the Central Henan Province and other parts of the country.

Featured image: The entrance to the notorious Masanjia Labor Camp in China, also known as “Ideology Education School of Liaoning Province”. Masanjia is home to many House Christians and Falun Gong practitioners. There crime is their religious beliefs, or from the government’s point of view, improper political or spiritual beliefs. Forced labor, torture and little food is a way of life for prisoners at Masanjia. They are often held without official sentencing or trials. Credits: NTD TV.