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Pastors in China were recently ordered to adjust their sermons to incorporate elements of President Xi Jinping’s speech delivered on July 1, the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party. The Three-Self Patriotic Movement, the government-controlled Protestant Church, held a national conference with the China Christian Council, which supervises education in the Three-Self churches. The conference’s theme was Learning and Implementing the Spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s Speech which he made on July 1.
During the conference, pastors were told to integrate Jinping’s speech, which celebrated the CCP’s Marxist roots into their sermons and Bible study groups. Wu Wei, Chairman of the Chinese Christian Council, called on pastors to stress the fact that “the Chinese Communist Party has never changed its original intention to put the people first, establish an extensive patriotic united front, unite the citizens’ hearts, gather strength, and continue to explore and innovate.”
According to Bitter Winter Three-Self’s leader Xu Xiaohong addressed the conference by providing a model sermon featuring nine points taken from the July 1 speech. Among the points were instructions for pastors to highlight that the Communist party is the “people’s party,” encourage Christians to trust the CCP because it has “successfully” governed China over the last 70 years, and praise President Xi Jinping and the CCP’s ability to bring about the “great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.” Pastors were also told to tell Christians to endorse CCP leaders and the idea that “only socialism can save China” and to tell foreign leaders that “the era when the Chinese nation was slaughtered and bullied is gone forever.”
Under the nine points, pastors were also told that Christians must regularly repeat the slogans of: “Long live the great, glorious and correct Chinese Communist Party!” and “Long live the great, glorious and heroic Chinese people!”
Let us continue to pray for our brethren who are suffering such severe persecution in China. China is ranked 17 on Open Doors list of countries where it is most difficult for Christians to live. For churches to stay open, they must adopt the Chinese cultural identity as promoted by the CCP. But we are so grateful to God for His abundant grace, which is sufficient for us no matter what the circumstances are. Amen!
SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK
*Baptism Class, 5:00 p.m. in the annex
LUNCH HOUR HOTLINE/PRAYER
*Wednesday, 12:00 noon – Lunch Hour Hotline
*5:30 p.m. – Prayer
HOUR-OF-POWER PRAYER SESSION
*Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
*Worship & Ministry, 9:00 a.m.
*Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
Apostle Edghill and Pastor Emily, along with the entire F.E.A. family, express our deepest condolences to the family of Sis. Bernice Simeon on her passing last week Friday afternoon. May God comfort and strengthen you in this difficult hour.
Marriage Seminar August 15th
All married persons / couples are encouraged to come out and invite other married persons.
If you are married and interested in attending the Marriage Seminar there will be a sign up table provided outside the annex after service.
Any questions you may have concerning Love & Marriage,
Please feel free to drop them in the Love & Marriage Question Box
provided in the back of the church.
Theme: Biblical and Practical Approaches for the advancement of your marriage
*God’s Marriage Manual : The Bible
*Understanding your personality, temperament and why you behave the way you do.
*What husbands need from their wives
*What wives need from their husbands
*Keys to sexual fulfilment and happiness.
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