Red Tape: China Wants to Constrict Christian Activities with 26 New Rules
- No religious activities that are not approved by SARA.
- No one may provide a venue for religious services that are not approved by SARA.
- No one may use their home for religious practices that are not approved by SARA (including home or family Bible studies).
- No publishing religious materials without approval from SARA.
- No foreign or domestic donations may be made to any religious organization that hasn’t been approved by SARA.
- No one may call themselves a pastor without the approval of SARA.
- No international religious exchanges may happen without the approval of SARA.
- No one may study theology at school without the approval of SARA.
The 2005 draft that SARA currently administers was much more abstract and was difficult and even impractical to enforce. Under the 2005 draft, the house church and other religious activities have been able to continue to operate. The different and worrying aspects of the amendments that SARA has proposed and are currently under review are that there are significant penalties attached to violations and they have included a mechanism for enforcement.