Community Party of China has ordered members to abandon their religious beliefs, and to instead be firm believers of Marxist Atheism. According to Global Times, officials of the party were formally instructed to obey party rules or else face punishment.
“Party members should not have religious beliefs, which is a red line for all members. … Party members should be firm Marxist atheists, obey Party rules and stick to the Party’s faith … they are not allowed to seek value and belief in religion,” Wang Zuoan, director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, Global Times reported.
The Chinese Community Party has in the past tried to destroy religion in the country, but it did not succeed. Local officials have in recent years demolished churches or removed crosses from their exteriors in a campaign that rights groups say has impacted hundreds of parishes.
Despite these attempts, BBC reports that there are more Christians in China than CPC members.
International Christian Concern also believes that Christianity is growing at exponential rates in China and there are more believers than ever now.