A Webcast That Got My Attention — Bold Chinese Pastors Aren’t American Snowflakes

Chinese ChristiansJohn and I enjoy listening to The Dividing Line with James White (usually for different reasons). I’m pretty sure it’s John’s favorite, and it’s definitely mine.

Today we listened to roughly the first half of yesterday’s show, which started off with a discussion of the persecution Christians and Muslims are facing as the Chinese government has recently imposed religious restrictions on both groups. Truthfully, I  started out only mildly interested. But then White read a joint statement signed by 116 Chinese pastors, my ears perked up.

I hope you’ll click the above link to read the entire statement, as it unflinchingly proclaims the Gospel. But here I want to share their specific declarations, which most likely will result in the arrest, torture and even deaths of its signatories. As you read these declarations, you might compare them to — oh, I don’t know — the demands of the Social Justice Movement?

1. Christian churches in China believe unconditionally that the Bible is the Word and Revelation of God. It is the source and final authority of all righteousness, ethics, and salvation. If the will of any political party, the laws of any government, or the commands of any man directly violate the teachings of the Bible, harming men’s souls and opposing the gospel proclaimed by the church, we are obligated to obey God rather than men, and we are obligated to teach all members of the church to do the same.

2. Christian churches in China are eager and determined to walk the path of the cross of Christ and are more than willing to imitate the older generation of saints who suffered and were martyred for their faith. We are willing and obligated under any circumstance to face all government persecution, misunderstanding, and violence with peace, patience, and compassion. For when churches refuse to obey evil laws, it does not stem from any political agenda; it does not stem from resentment or hostility; it stems only from the demands of the gospel and from a love for Chinese society.

3. Christian churches in China are willing to obey authorities in China whom God has appointed and to respect the government’s authority to govern society and human conduct. We believe and are obligated to teach all believers in the church that the authority of the government is from God and that as long as the government does not overstep the boundaries of secular power laid out in the Bible and does not interfere with or violate anything related to faith or the soul, Christians are obligated to respect the authorities, to pray fervently for their benefit, and to pray earnestly for Chinese society. For the sake of the gospel, we are willing to suffer all external losses brought about by unfair law enforcement. Out of a love for our fellow citizens, we are willing to give up all of our earthly rights.

4. For this reason, we believe and are obligated to teach all believers that all true churches in China that belong to Christ must hold to the principle of the separation of church and state and must proclaim Christ as the sole head of the church. We declare that in matters of external conduct, churches are willing to accept lawful oversight by civil administration or other government departments as other social organizations do. But under no circumstances will we lead our churches to join a religious organization controlled by the government, to register with the religious administration department, or to accept any kind of affiliation. We also will not accept any “ban” or “fine” imposed on our churches due to our faith. For the sake of the gospel, we are prepared to bear all losses—even the loss of our freedom and our lives.

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2 thoughts on “A Webcast That Got My Attention — Bold Chinese Pastors Aren’t American Snowflakes

  1. Interesting article, will continue to be hopeful that the Christian churches in China will one day be brave in standing up for children with disabilities in China. Referencing my recent blog: WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN with DISABILITIES in CHINA?
    I will embrace the Christian churches in China when they can bring the hidden children with disabilities from the shadows and let their little faces be seen sitting in the pews, singing – Jesus loves the little children, playing in their community playgrounds and maybe for some of these little children smelling the earth for the very first time.
    When this happens I will forever be singing Psalm 149:1-6

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    • Yes. A lady from my church has spent the last two summers in China working in a Christian orphanage for children with disabilities. Now the Chinese government is removing these children from the Christian orphanage and placing them when) they’ll never hear the Gospel. Actually I think James White said the government is taking all children from Christian parents and orphanages so they won’t hear the Gospel. The oppression against Christ’s and Muslims in China is extremely serious — not just for children with disabilities, but for ALL adherents to monotheistic religions.

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