Pastors in China report that they’ve been forced to integrate President Xi Jinping’s words into the biblical account of Jesus feeding the five thousand as the Chinese Communist Party increasingly pressures church leaders to infuse their sermons with political ideology.
The CCP has continued to use the novel coronavirus pandemic to further control and politicize religions, to Implement the order, some pastors integrated the leader’s words into the biblical story about Jesus feeding five thousand people with five loaves and two fish.
Pastors from some church in Shengzhou revealed that government officials increasingly supervise pastors’ sermons; making clergy members increasingly anxious, the CCP has threatened to close religious venues that refuse to comply with their demands. This is how the government sanitizes Christianity,
Also this year, the Two Chinese Christian Councils of the northeastern province of Heilongjiang issued a document asserting that “the Chinese people, under the Communist Party’s leadership, showed the world the incomparable advantages of the socialist political system” amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
According to the document, this provoked “the Western society, headed by the United States, to despise China’s achievements and hinder its economic and military development. Under this backdrop, the spirit of patriotism exhibited during the war of resistance against Japanese aggression should be carried forward.”
“The Religious Affairs Bureau forced us to preach about this and ordered to integrate aspects of traditional Chinese culture and the Constitution into our sermons,” a Three-Self church pastor from Henan said. “Churches that disobeyed were threatened to be closed, and congregations suppressed.”
Pastors and Christians are oppressed are being systematically oppressed in China, seems their cries are going unconcerned due to commerce. It is time the Christian world and their leaders wake up. The point is do “we have Christian world’’. This is a religion that has been so badly compromised even by those that many thought wouldn’t.
A new order of Christian faithful and leaders that are vocal are needed to meet the threats of china against the gospel of Christ Jesus.