On 9 January 2021 The Epoch Times – Singapore, reported that “Today in China, Christian groups had to register with state ‘patriotic’ associations or risk punishment as ‘Evil Cults’.” Before this Christian churches across the Mainland China have been under the directive to ‘preach the party line or risk being shut down’. This new move accelerates and concretises the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) plan to erode the Christian Doctrine, abolish all religions and proclaim itself as the one and only ‘sole revered deity’.
Since September 2019 Chinese president Xi Jinping ordered churches in China to remove displays of the Ten Commandments and replace them with quotes of his own.
Paintings of Jesus and the Virgin Mary were supplanted by portraits of Mao Zedong and Xi Jinping. The national flag has been placed in churches under the order that it must be raised while singing the national anthem and party praising songs, enforced as a replacement for singing traditional hymns.
In August 2019, the two state-run Chinese Christian Councils ordered the removal of crosses from all churches, including other religious signs and slogans. In state-run churches, a five pointed star of the CCP has replaced the cross as the symbol featured on the national emblem and flag and used by all other state run institutions.
One town government official was cited by Bitter Winter, a magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights saying, “crosses must be removed from all Churches because Christianity does not belong in China.” Pastors were warned that “if anyone dared to protest, the churches would be levelled to the ground.”
In early September 2019, Jiujiang’s Religious Affairs Bureau issued an order demanding that official Churches remove the Chinese characters for Christianity from Church seals. According to a Bureau employee, the directive came from The United Front Work Department as part of Xi Jinping’s Christianity Sinicisation (to change or modify by Chinese influence) Policy.
According to news stories from China Source, directives describing sinicisation of religion in China proliferate. “Christianity must love the CCP leaders and support socialism. Christians are required to interpret the Bible in accordance with the ‘core values of socialism’ and get rid of anything that doesn’t contribute to China’s progress.”
Bitter Winter reported on 16 October 2020 that the gravestones of 20 Swedish missionaries in the Northern province of Shanxi, who worked and died in China nearly a century ago were desecrated and demolished.
The nearby house established in 2008 by The Church of Christ’s Family to display a photographic history of the missionaries and their work in China was also destroyed.
The missionaries had helped build schools and hospitals, which residents could use for free, they played an important role in the area’s development and led numerous locals to find Christianity.
A member of The Church of Christ’s Family told Bitter Winter that, “The CCP portrays missionaries in a negative light, depicting them in films and novels as spies co-operating with imperialistic countries to invade China. Christian believers renovated the cemetery to show their positive influence, but the CCP can’t tolerate that the missionaries Christian spirit will spread across China.”
The Church member concluded by saying, “Missionaries’ gravestones can be demolished, but their spirit has been deeply rooted in our hearts and inspired generations of believers.”
Since May 2015, under the directive of Xi Jinping, the CCP has been accelerating work to replace the Christian Doctrine with core socialist values, and usurping God and the role of the Church. This followed a speech by Xi at the United Front Work Department’s (UFWD) work meeting back in May 2015.
The UFWD is an intelligence agency established by the CCP to gather information about and manage relations with Democratic parties, intellectuals, dissenters, academics, religious and ethnic groups and other individuals of influence, like business people that are not directly associated with the party inside China and abroad.
The main aim is to eliminate anti-communist forces and incite anyone outside the party to support the CCP and its government.
Xi said, “The core socialist values and Chinese culture will help to immerse various religions of China, support religious community in interpreting religious thought, doctrines and teachings in a way that conforms with the needs of the progress of the times, resolutely guard against the infiltration of western ideology and consciously resist the influence of extremist thought.”
A Preacher from a state-run protestant church told Bitter Winter that as well as eradicating house churches, the CCP is also methodically destroying its 60,000 “Three-Self” churches of the state controlled “Three Self” Patriotic Movement.
The “Three-Self’s” refer to Self Governance, Self Support and Self Propagation while adhering to the rejection of foreign influence on Church leadership, foreign financing and foreign missionaries.
He said “The CCP is eroding the Christian Doctrine, their first step is to prohibit religious couplets, then it dismantles crosses and starts to implement the ‘Four Requirements’ by ordering the national flag and ‘core socialist values’ to be placed in churches. Surveillance cameras to monitor believers and religious activities are then installed, the last step is to replace the Ten Commandments with Xi Jinping’s speeches.”
The Preacher summarised the situation in Three-Self Churches saying, “The Communist party’s ultimate goal is to ‘become God’. This is what the devil has always done.”
Karl Marx, the father of Communism, pronounced, “My object in life is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism.”
While Christians preach love for everyone, Lenin wrote that “we must be ready to employ tricking, deceit, and lawbreaking, withholding and concealing truth” to attain the communist ideal.
The CCP has continuously followed this line since the dawn of their creation. Xi Jinping and the CCP have by no means finished with the ‘Four Requirements’, as they are not just replacing the Ten Commandments they are now re-writing the entire Bible. Already, brainwashing and indoctrination of the new CCP version are heavily underway with what has been re-written thus far.