Sober Optimism: Opposition & Opportunity
By Robert Menzies
Not long ago I spoke with a Chinese friend. He indicated that his son, who is a student in an elementary school in China, has been receiving criticism from his teachers. His son’s teachers do not feel that the young boy is “red” enough. In other words, they feel he does not exhibit enough passion for the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda. The specific issue that caused the teachers’ concern was this boy’s lack of enthusiasm for their negative comments about foreigners, and especially those that propagate religion. This has become a well-worn theme in Chinese public schools. This boy is not willing to affirm that these foreigners are “bad people.” So, his teachers are “concerned” and want him to undergo “counseling,” which would entail one-on-one sessions with a teacher. Fortunately, my friend and his wife were able to forestall these proposed counseling sessions by emphasizing that everyone in their family loves their country. Nevertheless, the pressure they are facing, especially as it pertains to their son, is undeniable.
Where we are currently:
- THERE IS ONE GOD, ETERNALLY EXISTING AS THREE PERSONS: FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT.
- THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS THE ETERNAL SON OF GOD; THROUGH HIS SUBSTITUTIONARY, SACRIFICIAL DEATH ON THE CROSS, HE PROVIDES HUMANKIND ITS ONLY HOPE OF REDEMPTION.
- ALL BELIEVERS SHOULD SEEK THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHICH IMPARTS POWER FOR WITNESS AND SERVICE. THE BAPTISM OF BELIEVERS IN THE HOLY SPIRIT IS EVIDENCED BY THE INITIAL, OBSERVABLE SIGN OF SPEAKING IN TONGUES AS THE SPIRIT ENABLES.
- THE BIBLE IS THE COMPLETE AND ONLY WRITTEN WORD OF GOD. IT IS TRUSTWORTHY AND RELIABLE.
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