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China: Christians urged to stand up for their faith as the ruling party gears up to ‘re-write’ the Bible

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In the midst of tightening controls on the spread of Christianity, the Chinese Christians are urged to stand up for their faith. A Christian persecution watchdog Open Doors has urged Chinese Christians to step out of their passivity. The community government has already shown intentions of re-writing the Bible; in an effort to Sinicize the Bible.

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Open Doors has warned that Christians in China are left with no other option but to stand up for their faith. Open Doors CEO David Curry told Mission Network News that: “The Church in China needs to move out of the passive zone and be actively integrating their faith into every part of their walk in China, including standing up if the Chinese government decides it wants to ‘edit’ the Bible”.

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David Curry said that the Chinese Christians cannot stand at a distance and witness the editing of the Holy Bible. “I think we have to call it out. I think it’s an issue of prayer and letting people know in the global community, that we’re aware. Whenever Christians are persecuted, we need to stand up and let our voice be heard.”

In September, Bob Fu Founder of China Aid had revealed that the Chinese government intends to rewrite the Bible. He said that under the new religious regulations imposed in February earlier this year, all places where religious activity takes place will “accept the guidance, supervision, and inspection of relevant departments of the local people’s government regarding the management of personnel, finances, assets, accounting, security, fire protection, protection of relics, health and disease prevent and so forth.”

“There are outlines that the new Bible should not look westernized and should look Chinese and reflect Chinese ethics of Confucianism and socialism,” Bob Fu was quoted. “The Old Testament will be messed up. The New Testament will have new commentaries to interpret it.”