China 2021: Year of the BIBLE

The Bible presents a major challenge to the Chinese government. On one hand, the Truth of God’s Word presents a clear and present danger to the atheist ideology of Marxism, but on the other hand, the Bible has consistently proven to create some of China’s most loving, devoted, sacrificial citizens.

In one way, China wants to re-write the Bible to make it more socialist, but in another way, socialism has only brought death, pain, and misery to their nation.

Look at the city of Guangzhou for instance: two weeks ago, Christian entrepreneur Lai Jinqiang was put on trial for producing electronic Bibles. He has already been in jail for almost a year and a half.

Lai (pictured above) is a member of “China Gospel Fellowship,” (picture from China Aid) which is one of the largest underground house churches in China. Lai produced electronic Bibles to provide a legitimate service to churches around the world. China Gospel Fellowship has sent thousands of missionaries to unreached nations and had a real need for Lai’s product. Pastor Shen’s story of how he started “China Gospel Fellowship” can be found here.

Lai’s electronic Bibles proved to be a huge hit for elderly believers who had problems with their eyesight. The Chinese government saw Lai and his electronic Bibles as a threat to national security and are holding his trial in secret. No details are being released about the results of Lai’s trial.

IRONICALLY… only a few days later, in the same city of Guangzhou, an open event was held called, “The Day of the Bible” where the government allowed an open Bible fair to be held in coordination with Dongshan Church and Tianhe Church. The Three-Self Patriotic Movement Ministry Commission and general secretary of China Christian Counsel proudly attended.

Picture from CCC and TSPM Website

“The Day of the Bible” openly held Bible readings in different Chinese dialects. Even a Bible knowledge competition was held. Those who were passing by simply stopped to join in the festivities. No one was arrested, as it was hosted by the government.

Picture from CCC and TSPM Website

A New Testament from 1894 printed for celebrating the birthday of Empress Dowager Cixi (published in 1894) was on display, as it was a vertical-layout of The Old Testament and the New Testament in traditional Chinese by No. 7212 Factory of PLA in 1986 – the Bible that official Chinese Amity Printing Company has printed 200 million copies of.

2020 has been a difficult year for printing Bibles inside of China. Many of our underground printers were closed because of the travel restrictions and inability to distribute. Several of the BTJ Bible distributors were not able to leave their homes for several months.

Some of the churches that were operating more openly were attacked and shut down. Many had their Bibles confiscated and destroyed.

The events from 2020 have created a major need for Bibles inside of China. Our mission for 2021 is to print Bibles and get them into the hands of the church and we need your help. There is no better way to share the Gospel message in China than to make it freely available through God’s Word. For only $3 USD, BTJ can print a Bible AND distribute it to the rural areas of China where it is needed most.

You can join our Bible printing effort in China today by clicking here.

Eugene

Dr. Eugene Bach is a known trouble-maker with an active imagination and sinful past. He has a PhD, but is not a real doctor, so please do not call for him during a medical emergency on an airplane when someone is having a heart attack. Eugene started working for Back to Jerusalem in the year 2000 after a backroom deal involving Chinese spies, the NRA, Swiss bankers, and a small group of Apostolic Christians that only baptize in Jesus’ name. He spends most of his time in closed countries attempting to topple governments by proclaiming the name of Jesus and not taking showers. From time-to-time he pretends to be a writer. He is not good at it, but everyone around him tries to humor him.

Leave your thought