China to design, implement state controlled “Christian Theology”

“The construction of Chinese Christian Theology should adapt to China’s national condition and integrate with Chinese culture.” — Wang Zuoan, director of the State Administration of Religious Affairs [1]

This recent pronouncement indicates the Chinese want to construct a “Christianity” that cannot be perceived as a threat to socialism.

The Chinese government currently exerts control–regulates–over half the Christian congregations in China. The underground churches are unregulated, and these believers must deal with the reality of potential and actual consequences from exercising their faith.

The Chinese have apparently decided to create a more pliable, government approved version of the Christian faith. It is a certainty this “Chinese Christian Theology” will not be anchored by the Bible.

However, China’s restriction of religion is by no means limited to Christianity.

Acording to Matt Schiavenza of International Business Times, “In 2007, Beijing passed a law prohibiting Buddhists from reincarnation. (The government has thus far not revealed whether there have been any violations.) In Tibet, government minders have replaced monks as supervisors of Buddhist temples throughout the region, reversing a long-standing policy.” [2]

“In the far-western Xinjiang region,” writes Schiavenza, “whose 9 million ethnic Uighurs practice a mild form of Sunni Islam, Beijing limits permission of Muslims to make the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, while in July China banned fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. And this month, in Karamay, the local government said residents wearing Islamic clothing, and men wearing long beards, could not legally board city buses.” [3]

Facing continued repression are the adherents of Falun Gong, which is a “Chinese system of meditation, martial-arts exercises, and spiritual teachings.” [4]

Author Ethan Gutman claims more than 64,000 members of Falun Gong have had body parts harvested by the Chinese government. [5] Much of this harvesting has allegedly taken place while the prisoners were still alive.

While Christianity is being redesigned (?) by the Chinese government, America may well be headed toward a government inspired remake (?) as well, because of the issue of homosexuality–and because of the 501c3 status of the vast majority of churches.

End Part One

Source notes:

1. South China Morning Post 8/7/2014 http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1568209/china-will-create-own-christian-belief-system-amid-tensions-church-says
2. Matt Schiavenza, International Business Times, http://www.ibtimes.com/china-establishes-new-christian-theology-control-its-christian-population-1652372
3. Ibid.
4. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/falun+gong
5. http://nypost.com/2014/08/09/chinas-long-history-of-harvesting-organs-from-living-political-prisoners/

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Truth

To the law and to the testimony! If do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. (Isaiah 8:20)

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting. (Psalm 118:1-2)

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. (James 3:17)

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The quote that wouldn’t go away

“The ouija board got moving in earnest. What followed was the fairly usual experience—it was a strange mélange of Aristotle, St. Francis, diverse archangels with odd names, deceased friends—some in purgatory and others doing nicely, thank you! There were malign and mischievious ones of all descriptions, telling of vices quite beyond my ken, even as former alcoholics. Then, the seemingly virtuous entities would elbow them out with messages of comfort, information, advice—and sometimes just sheer nonsense.”– A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson, quoted in his official A.A. biography, PASS IT ON, pg. 278

 

 

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Be Careful Who You Follow

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Beth Moore, contemplative prayer, and Rome

Contemplative prayer, which is essentially Eastern/New Age meditation wrapped in Christian terminology, has done much damage. Alcoholics Anonymous, God Calling, and Jesus Calling by Sarah Young all have contemplative prayer as a spiritual root. Read

Has contemplative prayer has affected (infected) Beth Moore? It seems that so many have wandered from biblical understanding, and some of these are influential, such as Mike Bickle, Bill Johnson, and yes, Beth Moore. Much of their doctrinal confusion must be attributed to contemplative prayer.

Lighthouse Trails has an article dealing with Beth Moore and her “Spiritual Awakening” … if you are unfamiliar with this, or are a fan of Beth Moore’s, please read this. You can go to the article by clicking right HERE

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No worries, it ‘s just another Chinese anti-satellite weapon

OMAHA—China last month conducted another test of a satellite-killing missile that reflects Chinese efforts to weaponize space, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said Wednesday.

“It’s very problematic to see China working to weaponize space in tests like this one they just had, and so [it’s] very concerning to me as the U.S. Strategic Command commander, and to our nation at large, given our dependency on that capability,” said Adm. Cecil D. Haney, Strategic Command chief. [1] (From Bill Gertz article)

Sourcenotes:

1. Stratcom: China Continuing to Weaponize Space with Latest Anti-Satellite Missile Shot by Bill Gertz of freebeacon.com http://freebeacon.com/national-security/stratcom-china-continuing-to-weaponize-space-with-latest-anti-satellite-missile-shot/

Mike Bickle acknowledges Catholic, contemplative influence on IHOP-KC

From the Office of Public Relations, Franciscan University of Steubenville:

“The International House of Prayer (IHOP) was founded in 1999 by Mike Bickle, who says that many IHOP teachings draw upon the works of St. John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, as well as contemporary Catholics including Father Henri Nouwen and Father Thomas Dubay, SM. The IHOP 24 hour prayer room, he says, was inspired by the spiritual practices of Catholic European monks, such as St. Bernard of Clairvaux. ‘I’ve always had a passion for Catholic-Christian unity, and enthusiastically welcome this years Catholic track,’ says Bickle. ‘We may have different religious traditions, but we focus on fellowship, and unity and Jesus being glorified in prayer, worship, and teaching.’” [1]

Endnotes:
1. (11/9/12) http://www.franciscan.edu/NEWS/2012/Catholic-Track-at-Onething-2012/

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Joyce Meyer speaking at IHOP-KC “Onething” Conference, December 2014

Last year it was Francis Chan who spoke at the International House of Prayer’s “Onething” Conference. Chan’s participation was, at least initially, a public relations bonanza for Mike Bickle and IHOP-KC. Video

In 2012 Mike Bickle had a Catholic track scheduled for “Onething,” although this was never announced on the IHOP website. While this event/track was canceled, the very fact that Bickle would have allowed it is indicative of an ecumenical outlook. This is not surprising due to the heavy Catholic, contemplative influence that Mike Bickle and IHOP-KC are immersed in. Read

Scheduled for December 2014 “Onething” conference are Joyce Meyer, Phil Wickham, and Keri Job. Link

Joyce Meyer?

We will continue to cover this as it unfolds.

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BONUS: Mike Bickle acknowledges Catholic, contemplative influence on IHOP-KC

When A.A. becomes a “god”

[Reader: Here is what happens to many, many Christians in Alcoholics Anonymous]:

It is a fearful thing, leaving AA. The Big Book (the AA “bible”) states, “We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not.”[1] Because this passage of AA “scripture” is taken literally, alcoholics rarely look elsewhere for help. Christians continue to jam their God, the Ancient of Days, into AA’s chameleon theology.

“Do not participate in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead even expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11-12)

It is not just fear that keeps us bound to this all-gods religion. The 12 Step experience becomes an idol–long term involvement almost always results in a transference of faith. Bluntly stated, when it comes to sobriety, many Christians end up with more faith in the power of the 12 Step program than in Jesus Christ.

This idol worship is by no means limited to those in AA, but applies to many in “Christian 12 Step” groups.

This transference of faith is subtle, gradual, and frequently inevitable. The result is that sobriety without the 12 Step program will not even be considered. Biblical wisdom, given by concerned and caring believers, is rejected.

Endnotes:

1. Alcoholics Anonymous, Third Edition, pg.58

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