Chinese pastors ordered to praise Xi Jinping, slander US from pulpit or risk closure
China's state-approved churches that were forced to close due to COVID-19 are only permitted to reopen if they praise the Chinese Communist Party in sermons and extol President Xi Jinping, according to a new report.
Religious liberty magazine Bitter Winter reports that the Religious Affairs Bureau of Zhengzhou, the capital of the province of Henan, released in mid-June a list of 42 prerequisites for churches that sought to reopen. Among the requirements, churches were ordered to ‚Äúintensify patriotic education‚ÄĚ and ‚Äústudy China‚Äôs religious policies,‚ÄĚ Bitter Winter reported....
This is precisely what the Nazi authorities in Germany in the 1930‚Äôs did. Due to the compliant German Catholic bishops, and a neutralised Papacy, the Catholic Church closed down all their youth organisations, (only Hitler Youth for boys and League of German Maidens for girls were permitted), and agreed to follow the party line.
The Protestant Churches were not left alone either, including those who claimed to be evangelical. The Lutheran and Reformed and some other Protestant churches were grouped together in a ‚ÄúGerman Christian Church‚ÄĚ with a state appointed Reichsbischof (State Bishop) in charge. His surname was Muller, I believe. They had no youth activities, displayed Nazi swastikas, held ‚Äúpatriotic ‚Äú festivals. All sermons had to be approved, and there was a Nazi party publication every month which gave approved sermon outlines. Only a few pastors resisted, and were promptly carted off to concentration camps. History certainly repeats itself!!!
Well here's proof positive that keeping church and state separate is imperative. God's people are free, and they are still free, even if imprisoned.
God bless the underground church, and cause it to grow and prosper in every way. May your enemies be scattered and come into confusion of mind, frightened by the rolling of a brittle leaf along the pavement. Hallelujah!