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June 25-July 1, 2012
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Former CCP top adviser talks about PCT’s “One-leads-One” and Taiwan’s future

Reported by Sam Lee

Written by Lydia Ma

Ruan Ming, a former special assistant to the Chinese Communist Party’s former Secretary-General, Hu Yao-bang, was baptized in December of 2011 at Shuang-Lien Presbyterian Church in Taipei. Ruan said that he first heard of the Gospel through a friend who took him to church. This friend was a member of a local PCT church, which was actively promoting One-leads-One. The more Ruan got acquainted with the PCT, the more impressed he became by the PCT’s pursuit of truth and freedom over the years.

Commenting on the situation in Taiwan, Ruan criticized the KMT for rejecting all suggestions put forth by the pan-green camp and expressed sadness over the unraveling of democracy in Taiwan. He added that these events had made him depressed and his good friend, Wu Ching-hui, tried to cheer him up by inviting him to attend a Sunday worship service at Shuang-Lien Presbyterian Church.

Ruan said that the first time he attended Shuang-Lien Church, the pastor spoke about One-leads-One and he was instantly inspired. After taking a pre-baptism class at the church, where the pastor further elaborated on One-leads-One and introduced John Calvin’s “predestination theology”, he became convinced that God had chosen him and sent Wu as an angel to guide him to God. Now, fully believing that only God can give real hope, he has decided to be baptized and become a Christian.

Ruan came to Taiwan in 1997 around the time Hong Kong was reverted to China. From his observations of Taiwan these past 15 years, he believes that the KMT’s return to power and the ever-increasing influence of Beijing in Taiwanese politics did not occur in a day or in a vacuum. He underscored that “though there are elections in Taiwan, the roots of Taiwanese democracy are shallow.”

He elaborated that Taiwanese are not consistent or in agreement with one another when it comes to self-identification and this is the reason why it is difficult for Taiwanese to chart a clear future course for Taiwan. In contrast, though Hong Kong is now ruled by China and Hongkongers no longer enjoy democracy, more than 200,000 of them gathered on June 4 2012 to commemorate the Tiananmen Square Massacre and express their desire for freedom. Taiwanese, on the other hand, are not even aware that their country’s democracy and their individual freedoms are slowly disappearing.

Ruan warned that the Chinese Communist Party’s strategy to hasten unification with Taiwan includes bringing Taiwanese churches on its side and taking advantage of these churches, which it considers “secondary enemies”, to weaken its “primary enemy”. He warned that some Taiwanese pastors are being naïve when engaging in “cross-Strait church dialogue” and they are being manipulated by Chinese officials unknowingly.

Photo by Sam Lee

 

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