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CHINA: Officials Alter a Bible Story in University Textbook

CHINA: Officials Alter a Bible Story in University Textbook

The story of the woman caught in adultery, as told in the Gospel of John is a powerful story of mercy, forgiveness and divine authority.

In the official textbook Chinese Professional Ethics and Law, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has used the story as an illustration but the plot has been heavily altered to better adapt to its philosophy.

In the textbook, the modified passage now reads: “The crowd wanted to stone the woman to death as per their law. But Jesus said, ‘Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone.’ Hearing this, they slipped away one by one. When the crowd disappeared, Jesus stoned the sinner to death saying, ‘I too am a sinner. But if the law could only be executed by men without blemish, the law would be dead.

’”This malicious distortion seriously misrepresents and defiles the image of Jesus Christ in Christianity.

The textbook infers that if only people without sin can enforce the law, the law will become powerless. It implies that because illegal behaviours of Chinese judicial officials in law enforcement are unavoidable, they should be tolerated.

Christians in China are protesting against the textbook.

The CCP has pressured the Christian community in China for years, trying to reinterpret the biblical doctrine and theology to conform to the socialist values Xi Jinping advocates. Until now, however, Chinese officials rarely, so openly presented an altered biblical passage in an official textbook.

Sources: China Aid, Open the Word

  • Ask the Lord to strengthen His church and to guard it against subtle and blatant heresies of any kind.
  • Ask God to use this shocking distortion of His Word to encourage people to examine the Gospel for themselves.
  • Pray the nation of China will be flooded with His precious Word and the transforming power it brings.

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CHINA: Officials Raid Bible Study

CHINA: Officials Raid Bible Study

Police, state security officers, and ethnic and religious affairs bureau officials raided Guangzhou’s Bible Reformed Church. They accused Christians of “spreading evil religion”. 

Authorities interrupted a Bible study, which had more than 10 attendees, and took three Christians, including Minister Yang Jun, to the police station. Officials released two individuals that night but detained Minister Yang for a day. They alleged he had been “showing off and swindling”.

Pastor Huang Xiaoning appealed to authorities on behalf of Bible Reformed Church. He said government representatives “can come at any time and ‘enforce the law,… but our worship will never cease.”

Source: ChinaAid

  • Ask God to provide spiritual encouragement to those believers who are facing ongoing opposition, particularly evangelists and church leaders including Minister Yang and Pastor Huang.
  • Pray believers across China will not be fearful but will stand as a symbol of faith, courage and unity.
  • Praise the Lord for the extraordinary growth of the church in China over the past few decades.

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CHINA: Pray for Ps Wang Yi and his Family

CHINA: Pray for Ps Wang Yi and his Family

Pastor Wang Yi is a Christian human-rights lawyer and a founding pastor of the Early Rain Covenant Church. He has been vocal in calling on the state to uphold religious freedom.

Pastor Wang has been in custody since December 2018, when officials seized around 100 members of his church, including Jiang, Pastor Wang’s wife. Most, including Jiang were subsequently released.

In December 2019, Pastor Wang was sentenced to nine years in prison for “inciting to subvert state power” and “illegal business operations”. The charges for business operations relate to the printing and distribution of Christian books by the church.

Currently Jiang, Pastor Wang’s wife, has no freedom of movement. Authorities have barred her from interacting with her family, friends and fellow church members. She is monitored every hour of every day by security agents.

Joshua, their son is forced to daily ride in a police car and go to a Chinese Communist Party public school for indoctrination.

The church property is now occupied by the Neighbourhood Committee office and is rented out to other businesses without permission from the church.

The treatment of Ps Wang’s family is believed to be the Chinese government’s revenge against Pastor Wang for not compromising his faith while in prison.

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  • Ask the Lord to strengthen the resolve of Pastor Wang Yi, Jiang and Joshua to love, serve and follow Him.
  • Ask God to use this time of trial to make the family and church members spiritually strong.
  • Praise God that His promises are always fulfilled, in spite of the designs of man. Pray the Lord will use Pastor Wang Li to bring a spiritual awakening to the prison.

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CHINA: Christian Prisoner Update

CHINA: Christian Prisoner Update

In March 2017, police arrested Cao San-Qiang (John Cao), a Chinese pastor known for his work among Myanmar’s poor.

Authorities charged Pastor Cao with “organising illegal crossings of national borders” and in 2018, sentenced him to seven years in prison.

Pastor Cao is married to an American citizen and is a long-time resident of North Carolina. He served as a missionary in Myanmar’s Wa State, transforming the lives of more than 2,000 impoverished minority children by building 16 schools, and worked to fight poverty in the region.

Pastor John Cao was able to meet with his mother a few days ago. Because of the pandemic, his mother was only able to see him via video link. He told her he prays daily for his brothers and sisters in Christ and everything going on in the world. He reassured his mother that he does not have to do field work, and that he has time to read and interact with other inmates. Cao’s mother reported that he looked well.

Sources: The Voice of the Martyrs USA, ChinaAid

  • Thank the Lord for Cao’s good health and ask Him to continue to physically sustain Cao.
  • Ask God to use Cao as a witness for the Gospel to fellow prisoners, guards and the authorities.
  • Pray for Cao’s wife, Jamie Powell, and their sons, Benjamin and Amos. Pray they will not lose heart but continue to trust in the Lord’s timing and purposes.

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CHINA:  Government Orders Low-Income Families to Abandon their Faith or Lose Financial Aid

CHINA: Government Orders Low-Income Families to Abandon their Faith or Lose Financial Aid

In the Chinese government’s continuing persecution of Christians, poor families are now being told to renounce their faith or lose welfare benefits.

The Chinese economy has been deeply affected by the coronavirus pandemic, especially low-income households struggling to make ends meet.

Now government officials are ordering Christians who receive welfare payments to replace crosses, religious symbols, and images inside their homes with portraits of China’s communist leaders.

“All impoverished households in the town were told to display Mao Zedong images,” a local pastor told Bitter Winter. “The government is trying to eliminate our belief and wants to become God instead of Jesus.”

A church member in one of the villages recalled how authorities entered his home and destroyed a calendar with an image of Jesus on it, then replaced it with a portrait of Mao instead.

“Impoverished religious households can’t receive money from the state for nothing – they must obey the Communist Party for the money they receive,” he explained.

Enforcing the new regulation started several months ago across China.

Earlier this year, the communist regime began removing crosses from churches throughout China and now portraits of Mao and Xi have replaced images of Christ.

Source: Bitter Winter

  • Pray the Holy Spirit will give His children heavenly wisdomand strategies to know what to do in this crisis.
  • Ask God to glorify His Name once again among the people of China.
  • Pray the kingdom of Jesus Christ would be strengthened and would grow even larger as a result of the current anti-Christian campaign.

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