Jesus once said to the angry crowd who was trying to stone a woman who had sinned, “He who is without sin among you, let him cast a stone at her.” When his words came to their ears, they stopped moving forward. When everyone came out, Jesus stoned the woman himself, and said, “I am also a sinner.”
Does this story sound familiar? It is based upon the passage in the Gospel of John. Here is the actual verse in the English Standard Version (ESV) translation of the Bible.
And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
John 8:7-11 (ESV)
The first translation was taken from a Chinese textbook approved by the Communist government for high school students. (Source Voice of the Martyrs Magazine May 2021 Issue) This Bible translation expounds the core socialist values of the Chinese government and annotates other passages of the Bible with quotations from Confucian, Taoist, and Buddhist classics.
The Chinese government officially declared that there are 44 million Christians living in China. However, as evidenced by this government sanctioned Bible that is being introduced, the Christianity that is being taught through government sponsored churches is not the true Gospel. In fact, many Christian missionary organizations believe the true number of Christians living in China to be much higher, perhaps tens of millions more. However, many true believers are reluctant to affirm their faith for risk of persecution. If the Chinese government succeeds in inculcating the false idea that Jesus is a sinner and not God, it will create a false religion, Christian in name only.
Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.
Proverbs 30:5-6 (NKJV)
The Chinese government can affirm that they allow Christian churches to read and follow the Bible, but which Bible? It is man instructing God. God warns against adding or changing His Word. The Bible is God speaking to men, inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is inerrant and internally consistent. We must continue to pray for the Christian believers and seekers who live in nations with limited or no access to God’s Word and are being lied to by their governments.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.