As of March 2022, the Chinese authorities will have greater control over online religious content.
New regulations, which will come into force on March 1, 2022, require organizations and individuals wishing to provide religious information online to gain permission from their local Department of Religious Affairs office.
Foreign organizations and individuals will not be permitted to operate online religious information services within Chinese territory.
Such regulations are understandable in an age in which religious extremists often use online material to radicalize others or to incite violence and terrorism.
Concerns about foreign interference are common to nation states across the world, not just China.
Yet the regulations may have an adverse impact on Chinese Christians who are not planning anything dangerous or subversive.
This is especially the case when churches, of necessity, move their activities online in response to the ongoing Covid-19 situation.
The impact of these regulations remains to be seen, but for now we must pray that they do not unduly punish Christians who only want to practice their faith in peace and sincerity.