As the Chinese coronavirus distracts the world, the Chinese Communist Party has ratcheted up its crackdown on religious freedom, and sources say President Xi Jinping is working on rewriting the Bible itself to “create a new version of Christianity shorn of its transcendent visions and values.”
Xi Lian, a professor at Duke University Divinity School, told The Wall Street Journal‘s Matthew Taylor King that Beijing doesn’t just want to repress religion — the Chinese Communist Party wants to transform it.
“Over decades Chinese evangelists leavened the staid faith of the missionaries with millenarian themes and charismatic practices, sustaining believers through the cataclysms of Mao’s rule and the post-1978 ‘reform and opening up’ period’s wrenching social changes,” King reported. “This helps explain why the religion—especially in its unregulated, underground form—is winning so many converts. Christianity in China has grown from about four million believers in the early 1950s, when Mao expelled Protestant missionaries, to more than 60 million today. Beijing’s problem isn’t that Christianity is too foreign; it’s that it’s become too Chinese.”
Beijing no longer wants simply to repress Christianity but to transform it beyond all recognition—starting with rewriting holy scripture, writes Matthew Taylor King #religiousminorities #ReligiousFreedom #Christianity #Bible https://t.co/jcT9kldPnR— JB Watson, Jr, Ph.D. (@GWashingtonInde) June 9, 2020
"All Christian symbols are ordered to be removed as part of the government's crackdown campaign," a state employee from Ma'anshan city told Bitter Winter.— CBN News (@CBNNews) June 11, 2020
Pastor John Cao is still imprisoned in China, wrongfully arrested for his Christian faith over 3 years ago. We are representing his family in America and have been urging world leaders to take action and free him. Join our fight. Sign our petition now. https://t.co/3RDJrfYzve— Jordan Sekulow (@JordanSekulow) June 9, 2020
Also ~ Christian Church in China pic.twitter.com/7pB0GpTm1s— circlewong (@effecthk) June 10, 2020
🇨🇳 On 18 October, A Christian church in Anhui Province, which houses more than 3,000 people, was destroyed by Chinese public security. The Church leader Li Ji-min, Pastor and members of the Church Committee were arrested for "collecting people to disrupt social order #chinazi pic.twitter.com/Mk8A1zafxa— Keep the Faith✊🏴🤜🤛🇭🇰🇹🇼 (@DaviesCymru68) October 23, 2019