Christian website taken offline in China

May 13, 2022 by Noah Cassetto in Asia

After more than 20 years of operations, “Jona-Home,” a well-known Chinese Christian website, closed on April 12. Users who came to the site were met with an ominous note reading, “The disappearance of a website is merely a disappearance of a website, it does not carry any meaning. Except that the website link can no longer be opened, there is nothing else which stopped at that moment; Need not to be concerned, and just keep walking.”

While no reason was given for the website’s closure, “Jona-Home’s” closure comes in the wake of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Measures for the Administration of Internet Religious Information Services Act, which went into effect on March 1. The law requires all online users posting religious content to obtain a permit, which Christians are rarely able to receive. 

Although the CCP’s internet regulations have affected all Chinese citizens, Open Doors World Watch List research reports that Christians are particularly burdened. “Christians are able to access the Internet, but always need to be careful about what they are doing and whom they are meeting,” notes the 2022 World Watch List dossier for China. “For Christians, the internet space has become arguably tighter than for the average citizen, as they are perceived as being allied with Western influences.” 

“Jona-Home’s” closure is the latest in a series of crackdowns on the Chinese internet. Bible apps have been removed and many Christian-affiliated accounts have been banned from WeChat, China’s most popular social media platform. China Christian Daily reports that the search term “gospel” does not retrieve any Christian-related results on WeChat. 

The CCP’s treatment of Christians online is consistent with their policy toward other Christian activities. Children cannot receive any religious education and state-sponsored imagery has replaced traditional religious icons in some churches.  

Lift up our family in prayer

Join us in praying for our Chinese brothers and sisters. Pray that Chinese Christians will one day be able to freely share their faith online. Pray that the Lord will equip them to share the gospel, even without internet. Pray that the gospel would circumvent these policies, just as it did in the early church. 

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