Christians in China are facing
Reportedly, this is part of the government's proposed five-year plan to force Christianity to "adapt to socialist society."
More persecution against Chinese Christians
A prominent religious freedom activist shared details of this plan to the Congress saying that it will include a "rewrite" of the Bible and making Christians replace church hymns with communist anthems.
According to the Rev. Bob Fu, a former Chinese house church leader who started the persecution watchdog organization China Aid after immigrating to the United States in 1997, things are getting worse, not better for Christians in China.
He told members of the House Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations: "Religious freedom in China has really reached to the worst level that has not been seen since the beginning of the Cultural Revolution by Chairman Mao [Zedong] in the 1960s."
In his testimony, Fu said that the authorities are proposing to 're-translate the Bible or re-write biblical commentaries'" in order to make the Chinese culture look better.
"The plan made it clear that 'Sinicization of Christianity' means to change 'Christianity in China' into 'Chinese Christianity,'" he explained.
"There are outlines that the new Bible should not look westernized and [should look] Chinese and reflect Chinese ethics of Confucianism and socialism," he noted. "The Old Testament will be messed up. The New Testament will have new commentaries to interpret it."
Fu also said that Chinese elements will be implemented "into church worship services, hymns and songs, clergy attire, and the architectural style of church buildings."
"This includes 'editing and publishing worship songs with Chinese characteristics and promoting the Sinicization of worship music,' using uniquely Chinese art forms, such as Chinese painting, calligraphy, inscription, and paper-cutting to express the Christian faith,'" he said. "[It's also] encouraging churches to blend in style with Chinese architecture to local architectural style."
Sadly, this is not all as the activist says that churches will also be forced to "put up pictures of Chairman Mao and Chairman Xi [Jinping] on both sides of the cross."
This is all after over 4,000 to 6,000 crosses have been torn down and Christians including children have been banned from going to church.