The ruling Chinese Communist Party is supervising a five-year plan to make Christianity more compatible with socialism in which there will be a major “re-translation” or “rewrite” of the Bible, a prominent religious freedom activist has told Congress.
As the popularity of Christianity continues to grow in China, threatening the all-powerful rule of the Communist government, a new state translation of the Bible will establish a “correct understanding” of the text.
As the Communist Party arrests Christian pastors, vandalizes or destroys Christians churches, and demands control over Christian leaders, the Chinese government is also altering Christian scripture to suit its tastes and create communist propaganda.
“So far, it is (1) no longer possible to buy a copy of the Bible online [in China], (2) existing copies of the Bible are being confiscated whenever the authorities come across them, and (3) there are new versions of all sacred texts – Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, etc. – that reinforce Communist ideology in the making,” said Stephen Mosher, author of “Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream Is the New Threat to World Order.”
The Rev. Bob Fu, a former Chinese church leader who immigrated to the US in 1997 and founded the persecution watchdog organization China Aid, provided great detail during a House hearing about a plan being rolled out by the government in China to change “Christianity in China” into “Chinese Christianity.”
China’s crackdown on Christianity has seen many house churches demolished and thousands of crosses removed from churches nationwide, and Fu warned that what is happening right now in China represents the highest degree of persecution for independent faith groups the country has seen in decades.
“Religious freedom in China has really reached to the worst level that has not been seen since the beginning of the Cultural Revolution by Chairman Mao [Zedong] in the 1960s,” he told members of the House Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations.
At the center of this new level of persecution is China’s new regulation on religious affairs that was released in 2017 but enacted in February last year.
According to Fu, the revision of the religious regulations are solely designed to actively twist Christianity into a force that makes Christians “adapt to socialist society.“