Chinese Christians Face Bible Burning, Forced Compliance to Communism

Chinese Christians Face Bible Burning, Forced Compliance to Communism September 12, 2018

This is a problem. It is true religious oppression, and Christians around the world need to be making noise about this.

China’s Communist leadership has ramped up the pressure on Chinese Christians, through burning Bibles, removing symbols of their faith, and even ordering Christians to sign papers that renounce their beliefs and pledging loyalty to the Communist government.

I’ve written about Christian persecution around the world, before, and pointed out the work of Open Doors USA, a group that monitors persecution and provides resources for Christians in oppressed regions.

On the World Watch List of the top 50 worst nations in the world for Christian persecution, China is currently listed at number 43, with the source of persecution being Communism and post-Communism, and the main “religion” of the nation being no religion, or atheism.

Keep that in mind.

Bob Fu, president of ChinaAid – a group that specifically monitors China’s Christian persecution – posted video recently that was taken by other Christian activists.

“CCP starts burning the Bible and crosses in Henan. Last time burning Bibles campaign happened in late 1960s by dictator Chairman Mao’s wife Jiang Qing in Shanghai. She was arrested in 1976 but Christians grew to millions. Will Never be successful,” Fu wrote.

Fox News noted that besides the burning of Bibles and taking down of crosses, authorities lately have also been forcing Christians to sign papers where they reject their faith, or else risk being expelled from school or lose welfare benefits.

All of these seems… biblical.

It’s not that we haven’t been warned, but that doesn’t mean we allow ourselves to be complacent, either.

Fu explained that authorities are attempting to “Sinicize” Christianity in the nation by watering it down with nationalism and atheistic Communism.

What?

That’s kind of the same problem I have with those evangelicals that are attempting to water down the Gospel of Christ by making an unrepentant adulterer the new “savior” of the faith, or with attaching the faith to any political party.

You can’t mix what is godly with what is ungodly.

“The international community should be alarmed and outraged for this blatant violation of freedom of religion and belief,” Fu said.

Indeed they should.

This isn’t a new thing in China, actually. Persecution of Christians has been going on for many years.

For those who are interested, I highly recommend the autobiography of Chinese Christian evangelist, Liu Zhenying, known as Brother Yun. His book, “The Heavenly Man,” is a powerful journey through intense religious persecution and sacrifice, all for the pursuit of righteousness and faith.

Brother Yun was instrumental in forming the house church movement of China, where a network of true believers risk everything to worship, meeting secretly in each others’ homes to worship, moving weekly to avoid authorities.

That is very much how it was for the earliest Christians.

Reuters reported recently that one of the largest Protestant churches in Beijing was banned. Chinese officials confiscated what they deemed “illegal promotional materials.”

Zion church had apparently been hosting worship services, attracting hundreds of believers every weekend for years in the nation’s capital. But it faced increasing pressure this year. In April, they refused orders to install television cameras in the building and faced threats of eviction.

Zion Pastor Jin Mingri explained that communist officials charged the church with hosting events without registering on Sunday, declaring the church “legally banned.”

“I fear that there is no way for us to resolve this issue with the authorities,” Mingri said.

This is only one instance of suppression of religion freedom.

Others across the populous nation have seen their church services raided and shut down. Worshippers are being arrested and beaten.

Religious images, pictures of Jesus Christ are being confiscated and replaced with images that honor the government and Communism.

Even teachers are being accused of “brainwashing” their students with Christianity.

The American Center for Law and Justice has involved itself, beginning a petition to address the ongoing problem.

“The Chinese government is trying to stop the spread of Christianity. This blatant persecution cannot be tolerated,” the ACLJ says in its petition, which as of Monday morning has been signed by over 40,000 people.

“We’re working at the United Nations, addressing the severe persecution of Chinese Christians. They urgently need your voice.

“We are working internationally to put pressure on China to stop persecuting Christians.”

I don’t think Communists care about what an American rights group has to say, and I’m equally unconvinced that the bed of vipers with the United Nations care.

It is a noble effort, however.

For believers out there, just remember that China is number 43 out of the top 50 persecutors of Christianity. That means there are 42 other nations where the persecution is worse.

 

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  • IllinoisPatriot

    … and yet Christianity in China is nevertheless on the rise. Such is the power of Christ Jesus.

  • Polarbearpapa

    In the times of the greatest persecutions against the followers of Jesus , God has strengthened his sons and daughters and given growth to his church …

    Let us pray for that growth during this time of the devils hand being raised against the church…

    1 A great wave of persecution began that day, sweeping over the church in Jerusalem; and all the believers except the apostles were scattered through the regions of Judea and Samaria.

    2(Some devout men came and buried Stephen with great mourning.)

    3 But Saul was going everywhere to destroy the church. He went from house to house, dragging out both men and women to throw them into prison.

    Philip Preaches in Samaria

    4 But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went.

    5 Philip, for example, went to the city of Samaria and told the people there about the Messiah.

    6 Crowds listened intently to Philip because they were eager to hear his message and see the miraculous signs he did.

    7 Many evil spirits were cast out, screaming as they left their victims. And many who had been paralyzed or lame were healed.

    8 So there was great joy in that city.

    Acts 8

  • Myles

    Since adults with imaginary friends are not exactly sane, the Chinese government is trying to protect society from their outrages. Nothing has ever been more harmful and damaging to humanity than religion.

  • Myles

    Foolishness.

  • Roland

    You clearly are not a student of modern history. The Chinese (Mao), Russian (Stalin) and German (Hitler) governments–all atheists I might add–killed more people that any religious system known to man–let alone Christianity. Moreover, any atrocities done in the name of Christianity are an anathema to Christianity and it’s principles. The carnage that just these 3 governments–an I didn’t even add Cambodia–left in their wake were consistent with their worldview.

  • Myles

    You clearly did not attend very many if any classes. Christians murdered many more people, just in North America alone than all the so-called atheists combined. Throw in all the people in the rest of the world they massacred, and the total is astounding. Remember the black plague. If christianity had not destroyed the knowledge of many ancient civilizations, along with their peoples, perhaps we would never had so many die. Perhaps we would have discovered a cure for cancer.
    “Anathema”: meaningless in this case since murder of others is an essential part of the fabric of christianity. Sounds nice, though.
    Nothing has ever been more harmful and damaging to humanity than religion.
    Shame on you.
    P.S.
    Calling Hitler an atheist indicates that you missed many classes, if you were ever a student. To be a member of the Nazi Party you had to be a christian. “Gott Mit Uns” was the motto. “God is with us” is what it means, just in case you skipped your German lessons as well. My father’s belt buckle still has no rust after nearly eighty years.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    It is very possible for China to be one of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world and simultaneously have Christianity in China be on the rise.

    The two are NOT mutually exclusive.

    Learn to think for yourself. The power of Christ Jesus is usually at it’s best when under attack because the “fair-day-faithful” distance themselves and sit on the sidelines while the true believers enact the miracles that the power of God ensures will always occur.

    If you really understood the nature of people and their relationship with God and the Bible’s teachings, you’d realize that no people will tolerate oppression for long; that the drive for honesty and integrity in dealing with others overcomes the desire of manipulators to control what people are allowed to say and do.

    Censoring thought is impossible. Censoring people’s hearts is twice as hard. The power of Christ is rooted in each person’s heart and soul. Christ cannot be denied without also denying the existence of our souls and our conscience self-awareness. Denying the power of Christ denies both.

    Governments come and go, but the power of Christ has prevailed and increased for over 2000 years.

    I see no foolishness in being a part of the winning team. Christ’s team. The foolishness is betting against Him.

  • Myles

    Gods exist only in the minds of the mentally ill but religion is destroying our only world.
    jesusneverexisted.com

  • Markus R

    Wow. Just wow. There is the morality of one atheist for you.

  • Markus R

    Indeed. Little do they understand that the true Church thrives under persecution and dies in prosperity. Communists are useful idiots in the hand of God.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Atheists worship their gods also: money, government, self, fame, etc.

    You have your gods that you worship – you just can’t bring yourself to admit that what you worship is manufactured by man and therefore not worthy of worship while religion has been responsible throughout history for lifting mankind to new heights and inspiring him to become more than he was. It is religion that has been the civilizing force in mankind throughout the ages.

    Whenever mankind has decided to stop worshiping God and to start worshipping the things he has created (government, money, fame, wealth, etc), civilizations have fallen. The USSR was proud of their having atheism as their state religion. Their society collpased as a result. The Roman Empire was strong until they abandoned their religion(s) – abandoned their pagan gods and the one true God in favor of atheism and the hedonism that naturally flows from atheism. Then THEIR empire fell. Now America is on the decline as the poison of Atheism is spreading throughout our culture.

    Your mockery of history just proves how uneducated and close-minded most Atheists are when it comes to the role of religion in history – especially the role of Christianity in lifting the spirit of mankind to higher and higher levels of achievement by focusing his goals outside himself and his pettiness, his greed, and his worship of his own handiworks.