01/03/2012 China (WND) - The Chinese government’s state church is sending a Bible exhibit on tour in the U.S., but evangelical Christians in China aren’t impressed.
In fact, they call it propaganda.
Voice of the Martyrs reports that a blogger in China, anonymous like so many in China who comment on the government’s repression of religion, has denounced the exhibit as deceptive, saying it’s an attempt by the Chinese government to present a distorted picture of Christian freedom in China.
“Since it is acceptable to expose the China Red Cross Society’s embezzlement and corruption and its monopoly of charity work, so we can likewise criticize the Three-Self for being politicized, for not being separate from the state and for controlling and restricting the church,” the blogger said.
“In any case, when the government violates biblical principles, the church, as the vanguard of society and its conscience, has the responsibility to criticize and to bring up biblical truths,” the student wrote.
The exhibit, titled “Thy Word Is the Truth: The Bible Ministry Exhibition of the Protestant Church in China,” has been on display in Washington, D.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; Dallas; and Chicago.
China Aid spokesman Mark Shan agrees that the exhibit is government propaganda.
“If it is not propaganda, they should hold the Bible exhibit inside China, but they didn’t,” Shan said.
Shan challenges the Chinese government to back up the claim of religious freedom with action.
“If there is Christian freedom, they should abolish the rules and laws of anyone under 18 years, student, teachers, soldiers, and others who are not allowed to have religious faith and go to church,” Shan said.