We welcome you to FEA, where we are overcoming through the power of the Word. We are happy to have you!
It is only the second week in the new year and China has announced already that fromFebruary 1, 2020, it will be imposing harsh new measures for the purpose of governing religious groups. These measures will require all religious personnel to support and implement total submission to the Chinese Communist Party. Of course this is causing grave concern among Chinese Christians. According to Asia News, these new administrative rules will complete the Regulations on religious affairs which were revised two years ago and implemented on Feb. 1, 2018.
Under the new rules, every aspect of the life of religious communities, including formation, gatherings, annual and daily projects, is subject to approval by the government’s religious affairs department. In addition, all religious personnel are required to support, promote and implement total submission to the Chinese Communist Party among all members of their communities. Article 5 of these rules reads as follows: “Religious organizations must adhere to the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, observe the constitution, laws, regulations, ordinances and policies, adhere to the principle of independence and self-government, adhere to the directives on religions in China, implementing the values of socialism …”
The articles also make it abundantly clear that all religious organizations must spread the principles and policies of the Chinese Communist Party, as well as the national laws and regulations to their people. Religious organizations must educate their members to support the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party and support the socialist system, thus adhering to and following the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics. The law stipulates that without the approval of the religious affairs department of the people’s government, or registration with the civil affairs department of the people’s government, no activities can be carried out in the name of a religious group.
With these latest measures in place, the government will use them to further tighten the noose on religious groups. Persecution watchdog group, International Christians Concern, is issuing a warning to this end. We must, therefore, pray now even more than ever for our Christian brethren in China that God would give them the grace and strength they need to take a stand for Him in this difficult hour.
SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK
- BOARD MEETING
- Today, 6:00 p.m.
- LUNCH HOUR HOTLINE/PRAYER
- Wednesday, 12:00 noon -Lunch Hour Hotline
- 5:30p.m.- Prayer “Taking Authority Over Your Year”
- PRAISE & ADORATION PRACTICE
- Friday, 6:00 p.m.
- YOUTH MINISTRY MEETING
- Friday, 7:00 p.m.
- HOUR-OF-POWER PRAYER SESSION
- Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
- NEXT SUNDAY (ANNUAL CHURCH BUSINESS MEETING)
- Worship & Ministry, 9:00 a.m.
- The Kings Daughters Ministry Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
- The Kingdom Men’s Ministry Meeting, 6:00 pm
FEA’s ANNUAL CHURCH BUSINESS MEETING
Will take place on Sunday, January 19, 2020
Immediately following the morning service.