A Despicable Act of Bible Abuse

Posted on April 29, 2021


By David Ettinger

A Despicable Story
I’m going to quote directly from the May 2021 issue of Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, a publication which shines a light on worldwide Christian persecution.

The headline reads, “The Communist Plan to Change the Bible.” The brief story reads as follows:

In late 2019, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) announced plans to update the Bible to “keep pace with the times.” The revisions will include adding “core socialist values” and removing passages that do not reflect communist beliefs. The new Bible version will also be annotated with passages from Confucian, Taoist and Buddhist classics. Although it will take years to complete the new Bible version, a textbook for high school students released in September 2020 provides a frightening preview. In a book designed to teach law and ethics, the authors included a passage from John 8, as revised in the new Bible version.”

The Passage
The passage is John 8:7-11. Here is how it reads in the ESV version:

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.”

Here is the same passage according to the Chinese Communist government:

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 went out, Jesus stoned the woman himself, and said, “I am also a sinner.”

Our Freedom
This is a horrible instance of Bible abuse, and I’m sure many of you are outraged by it. Indeed, there is much I can say about it, but I’ll leave it at this: It won’t work.

Roughly 2,000 years of trying to suppress the Bible and Christianity has not worked, as the Chinese government well knows. So long as God’s hand is upon those He calls, all the Bible abuse in the world will not prevent God’s kingdom from growing.

In the meantime, Western Christians need to be grateful for the freedom we have to read our Bibles any time we want and without penalty – for now, at least, as this is a freedom which may be abolished in the years to come.