The atheist Chinese Communist Party (CCP) does not allow the Christian church to commemorate its martyrs but asked it to celebrate the fallen in the “People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression,” and pray for the unification of Taiwan, promoting its communist agenda among believers.
During a Theological Seminar in Fujian province, the CCP urged the local Three-State Church to celebrate the ‘martyrs’ of the Communist Red Army, according to Bitter Winter. This media outlet actively exposes the censorship and persecution of people who profess a religious belief in China.
The directive was not limited to Fujian alone but was sent to all Christian churches that are part of the only one authorized by the Chinese regime.
The Chinese Communist Party is atheistic, tolerating neither freedom of worship nor freedom of conscience. The “Three Senses Protestant Church,” the only church with legal existence in mainland China, is totally controlled by the CCP and is used by it to promote communist doctrine among believers.
The regime’s directive sent to the churches said: “To the Christian churches in each province, autonomous region, or municipality directly under the central government,” the Chinese regime’s statement began.
“This year is the 76th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War. To respond positively to the initiative of the Chinese Religious Peace Council, a notice is hereby issued to the Christian churches in each province (or autonomous region or municipality directly under the central government), inviting churches to organize peace prayer worship activities to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War around September 3, according to the actual situation,” it continued.
“Churches and congregations may, according to the actual local situation, carry out relevant peace prayer activities in a small and decentralized form, in line with the local requirements for prevention and control of the new COVID epidemic, to further promote the fine tradition of patriotism and love of religion and to demonstrate the good image of peace-loving Christianity in China,” the CCP wrote.
And it concluded the directive by saying, “Churches are requested to submit evidence of the relevant activities (text, video and photo materials) to the Media Ministry Department of the China Christian Council by September 10.”
The latter shows that if any church does not accept the Chinese regime’s ‘proposal’ by submitting evidence of commemorating the martyrs of communism, they may face consequences.
The CCP has even gone further than just giving directives on which martyrs to celebrate. In many churches, Christian symbols have been replaced by communist symbology, and even images of their leaders are displayed.
According to reports, in August last year, the Chinese regime ordered many affiliated churches to remove the symbol of the cross, replacing it with the five-pointed star. This action aims to get believers to accept the Party as the only leader, a senior member of the Jiujiang Church said.
“The state is removing crosses, alters church seals, and censors hymnbooks. What is next?” a believer complained. “This is a disguised way to eradicate our faith.”