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  • Hello everyone, welcome to The Light of Truth.

  • I'm your host, Zhiqing.

  • On June 19th,

  • during the Thirty-eighth Session of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations,

  • Mr. Thierry Valle,

  • President of the Coordination of the Associations and Individuals for Freedom of Conscience (CAP LC),

  • on behalf of 7 NGOs,

  • gave an oral statement at the Human Rights Council.

  • This statement calls for attention

  • to the continuous persecution by the Chinese Communist Party

  • against The Church of Almighty God

  • and urges the Chinese government to respect religious liberty

  • and stop the persecution of CAG.

  • Mr. Thierry Valle,

  • President of CAP LC said in the statement,

  • "The Church of Almighty God,

  • a new Christian religious movement,

  • has four million members in China

  • according to government sources.

  • The CAG is classified as a xie jiao.

  • According to Article 300 of the Chinese Criminal Code,

  • being active in a xie jiao

  • is punishable by a jail term of up to three to seven years or more.

  • There is no clear definition of xie jiao

  • and, for all practical purposes,

  • are regarded as xie jiao,

  • the groups included in the corresponding list,

  • periodically updated.

  • Those arrested and incarcerated under Article 300

  • are not accused of any crime

  • other than being an active member of a banned organization.

  • It is a typical case of a crime of conscience,

  • where somebody is punished for a belief."

  • "China also promotes a persistent campaign of fake news against the CAG.

  • They are still accused of crimes they did not commit,

  • including killing a woman in a McDonald's in 2014,

  • even though scholars have demonstrated that the crime was committed

  • by members of a different religious movement,

  • with a similar name."

  • Mr. Thierry Valle also emphasized in his statement:

  • In connection with the Universal Periodic Review of China,

  • which is to be undergone at the Human Rights Council of the United Nations,

  • several non-governmental organizations have submitted credible evidence of torture

  • and suspicious deaths of The Church of Almighty God members

  • while they were in custody.

  • Besides, they have also submitted a report,

  • that is titled: Arbitrary DetentionChina,

  • which has been published on the United Nations website.

  • This report began with the historical background of The Church of Almighty God:

  • The movement became known as Eastern Lightning.

  • China, according to the Church, is where Almighty God has appeared

  • as the 'Eastern Lightning' mentioned by the Bible…."

  • The Church of Almighty God is a Christian Church with pure belief.

  • Citing cases of CCP's arbitrary detention of members of The Church of Almighty God

  • and research by academics,

  • this report describes the facts of the CCP's persecution of religious beliefs.

  • It also strongly condemns the Chinese Communist government

  • arbitrarily detaining thousands of members of The Church of Almighty God.

  • It is said in the report,

  • "Not all decisions of the Chinese courts are published online,

  • but thousands of them are.

  • There is a vast number of published decisions where members of a xie jiao,

  • particularly of The Church of Almighty God,

  • which has been listed as a xie jiao since 1995,

  • were sentenced to long jail penalties,

  • often exceeding seven years

  • entirely based on Article 300.

  • In fact,

  • having been found in possession of literature of the CAG, The Church of Almighty God,

  • or having tried to convert others to the Almighty God faith,

  • has been regarded as sufficient evidence of being guilty

  • of the crime punished by Article 300."

  • The report, entitled "Arbitrary DetentionChina,"

  • lists 472 examples of The Church of Almighty God Christians who have been detained

  • the longest of which is known to be serving a sentence of 14 years.

  • Also, the CAP LC website quoted a case

  • from the magazine Bitter Winter:

  • A CAG Christian fled to Korea due to the CCP's persecution.

  • She flew back to China in May 2018

  • for a medical treatment that was too expensive for her in Korea,

  • but she was immediately detained when she landed in Beijing,

  • where they cited Article 300.

  • It is evident that the Chinese Communist government

  • has not only intensified the persecution and arrests of CAG Christians in China,

  • but has also extended its dark hand to democratic countries overseas,

  • by attempting to extradite The Church of Almighty God Christians

  • who have fled abroad.

  • The Chinese Communist Party has used films and videos

  • produced by The Church of Almighty God

  • to search for Christians who have fled abroad,

  • and has interrogated, intimidated,

  • and deceived their loved ones

  • and family members in Mainland China.

  • It has also coerced the relatives of certain Christians

  • who have fled abroad into getting passports,

  • organizing for them to travel to countries overseas

  • to create rumors, spread lies,

  • and blacken the name of The Church of Almighty God

  • in order to incite people who don't understand the truth to oppose the Church

  • and extradite these fleeing Christians to China for arrest.

  • For example, in February 2015,

  • The Church of Almighty God Christian Zhang Fu

  • fled to South Korea as a result of persecution.

  • In May and August 2016, and November 2017,

  • the Chinese Police compelled Zhang's wife to travel to South Korea

  • with a government operative on the pretext of seeking her husband,

  • where they attempted to coerce and trick him into returning to China.

  • Since 2017,

  • nine The Church of Almighty God Christians are known

  • to have been arrested after returning to China

  • and two of them are still in custody.

  • From what was just reported, it is evident

  • that the CCP has tried every means at its disposal

  • to persecute The Church of Almighty God.

  • In the report "Arbitrary DetentionChina,"

  • we found another interesting detail.

  • "The Chinese Communist party

  • had already begun their persecution of the Church several years

  • before the alleged crimes are said to have occurred.

  • This confirms

  • that the persecution was not in fact motivated by accusations of crimes,

  • but by the doctrine of the Church,

  • which is regarded as incompatible with Communist ideology."

  • So what exactly is the ideology of the CCP?

  • Zheng Mingrui is a member of the Church

  • who served as a lieutenant colonel in the Chinese Navy

  • and was responsible for party affairs in a state-owned enterprise.

  • He believes

  • the ideology of the CCP is evil and reactionary.

  • In a recent interview with Eastern Light, he said:

  • The main ideology of the Chinese Communist Party is MarxismAn Atheism.

  • It has publicly declared that "there's never been any Savior,"

  • and its ruling program is "the Party commands all,"

  • and "political power grows out of the barrel of a gun."

  • Its slogan is to eliminate all capitalism,

  • eliminate all religious beliefs,

  • make communism a reality,

  • and make China, even the world,

  • into a territory without God.

  • Its evil intent is to have all Chinese people forever in its grasp

  • and lord over the world.

  • It has always boasted itself as "great, glorious, and correct"

  • in all of its internal and external propaganda.

  • All democratic countries, races, and groups with different beliefs,

  • and parties, groups or individuals with different political views and perspectives

  • are regarded as wrong, reactionary,

  • and a threat to its rule,

  • so it resorts to unscrupulous means

  • to attack, condemn, and even eradicate them.

  • Soon after taking power,

  • the CCP began to manically oppress and crack down on a wide array of religions

  • including Christianity.

  • It condemned Protestantism and Catholicism as cults,

  • confiscated and burned countless copies of the Bible

  • after condemning it as a cult book.

  • They arrested famous Christian leaders and preachers,

  • and sentenced some to prison for over 20 years.

  • The Christians beaten into disability,

  • even to death are countless.

  • Following the Chinese economic reform in 1980,

  • Christianity actually grew very rapidly in China,

  • and the CCP stepped up its wanton arrests and persecution of their house churches.

  • Since Xi Jinping came to power,

  • the CCP has called for the "Sinicization of Christianity."

  • Not only has it rampantly persecuted and cracked down

  • on house churches of Protestants and Catholics,

  • but it's also forcibly destroyed state-sanctioned Three-Self churches.

  • Countless crosses from the atop buildings of churches have been forcibly removed,

  • and copies of the Bible have been banned from listing with online big book stores.

  • It seems that its aim is to eliminate Protestantism and Catholicism.

  • Some Western religious scholars have pointed out

  • that the Chinese authorities are engaging

  • in an anti-Western, and anti-Christian cultural war,

  • an ideological war, a religious war.

  • Right now,

  • the number of Christians in CCP's prisons is the highest it's ever been.

  • The Christian families that are brutally persecuted

  • and Christians who can't return home are just countless.

  • The 2017 annual report published by The Church of Almighty God

  • reports that, according to rough statistics,

  • in just two short years between 2011 and 2013,

  • the number of The Church of Almighty God Christians

  • arrested, detained, and sentenced by the CCP amounted to over 380,000,

  • of which 43,640 members were subjected to various methods of torture,

  • including 13 members who were persecuted to death.

  • As of the end of 2017,

  • there are already 60 well-documented cases of the CAG Christians persecuted to death.

  • When it comes to the number of the CAG Christians arrested and persecuted,

  • these statistics are only the tip of the iceberg.

  • The universal values centered around the concepts

  • of freedom, equality, democracy, as well as human rights

  • are the mainstream ideologies of democratic countries

  • and the core of human civilization.

  • The ideology of the CCP is a direct departure from these universal values.

  • All ethnic groups, countries, religious groups, and dissidents

  • who are different from the CCP's ideology

  • are the targets of continued persecution

  • and none have been persecuted more than The Church of Almighty God.

  • The actions and ideology of the Chinese Communist government have clearly demonstrated

  • that it hates the truth, opposes God,

  • and actually considers God an enemy.

  • Therefore, it is not qualified to criticize matters concerning faith,

  • much less is it qualified to make charges

  • against any group or church that believes in God.

  • The CCP's charges against The Church of Almighty God

  • attempt to turn black into white;

  • they are untenable.

  • We all know

  • that to understand a religious group's faith,

  • we must first endeavor to understand their teachings.

  • So what are the teachings of The Church of Almighty God?

  • To this end, Eastern Light interviewed Mr. Zhang Jin,

  • a CAG Christian,

  • to discuss the actual teachings of The Church of Almighty God

  • and the reasons why it has always been oppressed and persecuted by the CCP.

  • Several of the world's major religions have their own doctrines,

  • for example, Judaism bases its doctrine on the Old Testament,

  • Protestants and Catholics, on both Testaments.

  • The Bible arose due to the appearance and work of God in different ages.

  • The Old Testament

  • was written down and edited by men who were actually used by God,

  • recording Jehovah God's words during the Age of Law,

  • so the Old Testament is the doctrine of Judaism.

  • The Four Gospels,

  • edited by the disciples of the Lord Jesus,

  • record the Lord Jesus' words during the Age of Grace,

  • so the New Testament is the doctrine of Protestantism and Catholicism.

  • In the last days,

  • the incarnate Almighty God has appeared

  • and expressed the entire truth to judge, purify and save mankind,

  • doing the work of judgment beginning with the house of God.

  • All who hear the voice of God come before Almighty God,

  • and The Church of Almighty God was thus born.

  • The majority of Almighty God's words are recorded in the book

  • The Word Appears in the Flesh.

  • The Word Appears in the Flesh

  • is the doctrine of The Church of Almighty God.

  • The Word Appears in the Flesh

  • fulfills the prophecies in the Book of Revelation:

  • "the scroll opened by the Lamb"

  • and "what the Spirit says to the churches."

  • The New Testament is established on the Old Testament.

  • The Word Appears in the Flesh is established on the New Testament.

  • The Word Appears in the Flesh

  • is a record of God's judgment work in the last days