LifeSite News reported on new rules that China is imposing on religious groups that require them to “spread Communist Party principles.”
China’s government established new rules on December 30 that will give the Communist Party complete control over practically all aspects of religious life. The “administrative measures” include six chapters and 41 articles governing the “organization, functions, supervision and management of religious groups,” which span religious doctrine, annual and daily activities, and rallies.
The new rules will go into effect on February 1 and serve as the CCP’s increasing crackdown on religion. 1 million Muslim Uighurs have been interned in re-education camps, where some are being tortured. Authorities have defiled churches and stripped Christian ministers of their independence. Two million Christians and Buddhists have been detained. Further, Jewish communities have been harassed.
All of this is acting alongside the Chinese government’s policy “sinicization,” which works to impose Chinese culture and socialist policies on all of China. The Chinese government’s latest efforts to control religion are part of recent policies that were announced in 2017 to “reinterpret Christian teachings according to socialist doctrine.”
According to a Radio Free Asia report, the Chinese government forced churches in Hunan province to remove Ten Commandments displays and replace them with quotes of President Xi Jinping. Similarly, the Chinese government demanded that churches in Jiangxi province take down biblical paintings and crosses and replace them with portraits of President Xi. In some parts of the county, the government has banned all public displays of Christmas decorations. Additionally, party officials have been brainwashed into believing that the feast goes against CCP teachings.
In December, Christians who belonged to “house churches” not officially recognized by the Chinese government were ordered to not publicly celebrate Christmas. A Protestant pastor in Shandong said, “We are afraid to meet in public [because such meetings] have been designated illegal gatherings.” The pastor continued, “We can’t do Christmas this year. We can’t have any activities on Christmas.”
Under these new government dictates, all religious organizations will be mandated to obey and spread CCP values and speak positive of President Xi Jinping. There will be an expectation to “spread the principles and policies of the Chinese Communist Party” and indoctrinate all “religious staff and religious citizens to support the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party.”
Religious organizations must receive approval from Communist Party officials for all their decision-making.
Based on these rules, local religious affairs offices function as the “administrative bodies” for all religious organizations. These bodies control religious organizations through “guidance and supervision.”
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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