The Chinese government’s efforts to tighten its controls over religious matters in the communist country continues. Since the official “Regulations on Religious Affairs” went into effect earlier this year, it has only helped encourage government departments in charge of religion to clamp down on Christianity and other faiths with attacks on religious meetings, destruction of places of worship, and the arrests of several pastors.

According to the St. Charles Institute, a group of 344 pastors (with the list growing every day) have signed a public joint statement which they titled “A Declaration of the Christian Faith.” The statement begins with the pastors declaring that they are Chinese Christians and what they believe. “We are a group of Chinese Christians, chosen by the Most Highest God to be His humble servants, serving as pastors for Christian churches throughout various towns and cities,” the letter reads. READ MORE