** Chinese Gov’t Forces Pastors to Preach Communism
Date: May 2, 2019
A religious liberty watchdog reports that government officials in China’s third largest province are forcing pastors to include communist ideology in their weekly sermons.
They’re also forcing pastors to affirm some traditional Chinese beliefs, such as ancestor worship, conflicting with Scripture, while banning such basic Christian teachings as eternal life and Heaven and Hell, according to Bitter Winter, the organization that monitors religious liberty in China.
The pastors in the province, where 94 million people live, belong to the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, the government-approved Protestant body that’s severely restricted.
Pastors who failed a test on communist beliefs were not approved, a majority of those tested.
– Source: ASSIST News Service, 05/01/19.