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CLARITY – 11-21-19 Free or Mandatory


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-21-19

Free or Mandatory

What’s Happening: “In an article published Tuesday by The Telegraph, Roman Catholic Bishop, Guo Xijin, 61, is fleeing the government-ordered joining of the government-run religious association in Communist China. In officially atheist Communist China, there are two Roman Catholic churches: the state-run church, loyal to the government, and the underground church, loyal to the Vatican…though a compromise was recently reached that was supposed to rectify that ( CLARITY’s prayer? Run! And may God hide him.” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Doesn’t China claim to have freedom of religion?”

Biblical Response:  “They do…apparently, the claims have been ‘greatly exaggerated.’ If you don’t believe me, ask the million or so in ‘re-education’ camps. Am I not for facing the music? Yes, even if it means martyrdom. But I’m also for following the Holy Spirit. Paul fled sometimes, too (Acts 9:23-25), and later in the scripture we read of other disciples fleeing (Acts. 14:1-7). As far as following government mandates is concerned, I’m generally for obeying those put in authority over you (1 Pet. 2:12-17). However, Peter and John make plain the distinction when they say in Acts 5:29, ‘We must obey God rather than men.’ (NASU).”

 “Christians? We believe that true freedom of religion must be uncoerced. You cannot legitimize force by applying it under government sanction…not where a person’s belief system is concerned.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to remember to pray for the persecuted Church of various ilks…some fleeing…some in prison…some under orders to be executed; and may Your will be done; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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