CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH
Communists Warn Citizens: ‘Christianity Does Not Belong in China’
October 8, 2020 — Breitbart.com reports: “The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues its frantic campaign to erase crosses from even Party-controlled churches, the human rights magazine Bitter Winter reported on Tuesday, explaining to Christian residents the crosses must go because ‘Christianity does not belong in China.’
Christianity has arguably a much older presence in much of China than it does in Western Europe and arrived there over a millennium before it did in the Americas.
Despite this, dictator Xi Jinping has launched a campaign against the faith — as well as other challenges to CCP ideology like Islam and Tibetan Buddhism — branded ‘Sinicization.’ Party officials insist that Christianity may only exist in China when it is reconciled with Chinese culture, which it defines as the doctrine of the CCP.
Communism is an ideology founded out of the writings of European agitators. Karl Marx, its intellectual father, was born about 5,000 miles from Beijing…” (If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I have said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep your also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me – John 15:18 – 24; 16:1 – 3. See the next report.)
China Is Stepping Up Its Control over Religion
October 20, 2020 — Voice of America News reports: “China appears to be strengthening its censorship controls over Christian religious publications that are approved for distribution by the state.
While the Chinese Communist Party outlaws many religious texts and other books considered subversive, it does allow some Christian groups to distribute religious literature that meets the requirements of the country’s censors.
However just recently, according to China Aid, a Christian NGO focused on raising awareness of religious freedom in China, censors have begun removing the words ‘Christ’ and ‘Jesus’ from some publications, including on Chinese social media networks, replacing them with the letters ‘JD’ and ‘YS.’ Other scholars say Christians themselves may be replacing the words in the text on their own, trying to avoid online censors that may be blocking the words from reaching online readers…”
Virginia Forces Christian Ministries to Adopt ‘Government Ideology’ or Pay $100K
October 1, 2020 — PJMedia.com reports: “Three Christian schools and a Christian network of pregnancy centers are suing Attorney General Mark Herring (D-Va.) in order to prevent Virginia from implementing two pro-LGBT laws that force ‘people of faith to adopt a particular government ideology under threat of punishment.’ The two laws purport to prevent ‘discrimination’ against LGBT people but, in reality, they force Christian ministries to choose between violating their sincerely held religious beliefs or paying hefty fines, as much as $100,000 per offense.
The so-called Virginia Values Act (S.B. 868), which Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) signed on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday) in the middle of a pandemic, compels churches, religious schools, and Christian ministries to hire employees who do not share their stated beliefs on marriage, sexuality, and gender identity. A companion law (H.B. 1429) requires ministries and others like them to pay for transgender surgery in employee health care plans, a procedure that violates these ministries’ convictions.
‘The faith of many Americans inspires them to act for the good of their neighbors and also requires them to abide by its teachings,’ Denise Harle, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the law firm representing the Christian ministries, said in a statement. ‘Our clients offer spiritual guidance, education, pregnancy support, and athletic opportunities to their communities because of the religious beliefs that motivate them. But Virginia’s new law forces these ministries to abandon and adjust their convictions or pay crippling fines—in direct violation of the Virginia Constitution and other state laws.’
‘Such government hostility toward people of faith has no place in a free society,’ Harle argued…” (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! – Isaiah 5:20. This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away – II Timothy 3:1-5.)