CHINESE PASTORS’ LETTER BECOMES 4,400 SIGNATURE PETITION TO CHINESE EMBASSY IN SEOUL

CHINESE PASTORS’ LETTER BECOMES 4,400 SIGNATURE PETITION TO CHINESE EMBASSY IN SEOUL

CHINESE PASTORS’ LETTER BECOMES 4,400 SIGNATURE PETITION TO CHINESE EMBASSY IN SEOUL

Voice of the Martyrs Korea sent the Chinese Embassy in Seoul a copy of a letter originally written and signed by 439 Chinese pastors, with one addition: 28 pages of signatures from 4,400 Christians from Korea and around the world showing their support and concern for the pastors.

The signatures were gathered through an online petition website set up by Voice of the Martyrs Koreawww.chinadeclaration.comAccording to Voice of the Martyrs Korea Representative Dr. Hyun Sook  Foley, the website shared the original Chinese document, along with translations of the document into Korean, English, and Russian. It invited Christians around the world to add their signatures in solidarity with the original signers, 439 pastors from across China. The signatures were collected over the past year. 

“In September 2019, 439 Chinese pastors published a document entitled, ‘A Joint Statement by Pastors: A Declaration for the Sake of the Christian Faith’”, says Representative Foley. “It was written by Wang Yi, the pastor of Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu who was later arrested along with more than one hundred members of his church. Pastor Wang remains imprisoned, and many of the other pastors who signed the document are now facing similarly serious difficulties. We set up www.chinadeclaration.com to give Christians around the world the opportunity to show the Chinese government that we stand with these pastors and will continue to closely monitor and publicize how they are treated. More than 4,400 Christians signed the petitionthat’s more than 10 Christians for every Chinese pastor who originally signed the document.” 

VOM Korea founders, Pastor Eric Foley and Dr. Hyun Sook Foley, show the China Declaration petition as they prepare it for mailing to the Chinese Embassy in Seoul

The joint statement published by the pastors contains four declarations: 

1.Christian churches in China believe unconditionally that the Bible is the Word and Revelation of God. It is the source and final authority of all righteousness, ethics, and salvation.  

2.Christian churches in China are eager and determined to walk the path of the cross of Christ and are more than willing to imitate the older generation of saints who suffered and were martyred for their faith.  

3.Christian churches in China are willing to obey authorities in China whom God has appointed and to respect the government’s authority to govern society and human conduct.  

4.All true churches in China that belong to Christ must hold to the principle of the separation of church and state and must proclaim Christ as the sole head of the church.  

The full declaration is attached. www.chinadeclaration.com

 

Dr. Foley preparing the package for mailing

Dr. Foley checking the finalized signature list

In addition to the declaration and the 4,400 signatures, Voice of the Martyrs Korea sent a cover letter in Chinese. A translation follows: 

Dear Honorable Ambassador,

“Herewith please find attached a petition consisting of 4,400 signatures from Christians in Korea and around the world, to be added to the signatures of the 439 Chinese pastors who authored ‘A Joint Statement by Pastors: A Declaration for the Sake of the Christian Faith’, which was originally published for your government’s consideration in September 2019.

“These 439 Chinese pastors are members of the one body of Christ which extends around the world and across history. As members of the same body, the 4,400 signors of the attached petition do hereby signal our intent to continue to monitor closely the treatment of your government toward the pastors who originally authored this declaration.

We implore you to remember that as you treat them, you are thus treating Jesus Christ himself, the Lord of heaven and earth, and the one authority before whom every knee will one day bow.

“Be reconciled to God and to his servants, including the 439 Chinese pastors who authored this declaration. They remain your faithful servants for Christ’s sake. They also remain beloved members of the Christian body around the world. On their behalf we will be diligent to update the leaders and fellow citizens of our countries—from South Korea to Russia, from the USA to Europe, from Chile to Cameroon—on your treatment of each of them.

With prayers for you as commanded by Christ,

The Voice of the Martyrs Korea”

Pastor and Dr. Foley mailing the petition at the post office

Pastor and Dr. Foley mailing the petition at the post office

Individuals interested in learning more about Voice of the Martyrs Korea’s work in partnership with the house church Christians of China can visit https://vomkorea.com/en/china/. 

The postal receipt showing shipping confirmation

Confirmation of delivery to the Chinese Embassy in Seoul

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