Franklin Graham Calls On Christians To Obey Chinese Government On Evangelism
Posted by Job on May 23, 2008
Despite fierce criticism from some Christian activists, N.C.-based evangelist Franklin Graham said Sunday he’s sticking by his opposition to any “illegal” missionary work during this summer’s Beijing Olympics.
Graham, who recently met with state-sanctioned church leaders and government officials in China, told the Observer that as head of the Charlotte-based Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, he obviously supports evangelism. (So, because of this fellow’s position we are to just bow to him and not question or challenge him? Imagine if Peter had said “as an apostle I obviously have love for the Gentile Christians” and Paul had said “OK, it is fine for you to be a hypocrite and mistreat the Gentiles over table fellowship” in Galatians? This is how far from the Bible modern popular Christianity has gotten.) But he said he worries that the planned influx of American and other foreign missionaries into China for the Olympics could jeopardize freedoms Chinese Christians have won in recent years from the Communist government.
“I would be against any groups that would be coming in and encouraging people to break Chinese law,” said Graham, who has no plans to attend the Olympics or send any missionaries. “As foreigners, we can come in and make some mistakes that would hurt the (Chinese) church. Then, long after we’re gone, they suffer for it.”
Graham encouraged the Beijing-bound missionaries to familiarize themselves with Chinese laws regulating religion. Those laws — available at www.billygraham.org — make it a crime for foreigners to evangelize without Chinese government approval.
Christian mission groups from around the world — including Southern Baptists, “Youth With a Mission” and “Awaken Generation” — plan to quietly defy the Chinese ban on foreign missionaries and send thousands of volunteer evangelists to Beijing.
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