Taiwan Church News
July 15-21, 2013
Church Ministry News
PCT Warns: Watch Out United Front From China! Beware Of Taiwan Civil Government!
Reported by Chiou Kuo-rong
On the 2nd meeting of the 58th PCT Central Committee held on July 9th, two pastoral letters were resolved to all PCT member churches: One is "PCT Pastoral Letter to the Cross Strait Christian Forum", the other one is "PCT's Response to the Proposals of Taiwan Civil Government".
As the "Cross Strait Christian Forum in 2013" will be held in Taipei, from August 27 to 29, co-sponsored by Rev. Wei Ti-shiang, Chairman of Dandelion Hope Foundation, several Taiwan pastors from other denominations and China's CCC with her affiliate TSPM. Some PCT pastors in Kaoshiung area had been invited to participate this meeting, PCT Kaoshiung Presbytery therefore requested Central Committee to instruct or respond whether PCT should participate.
Rev. Lyim Hong-tiong, General Secretary of PCT GAO, responded "It is not appropriate for PCT pastors to contact CCC and TSPM in this Taipei forum; if there is necessity to have a meeting, it should be better at an international occasion within the framework of World Church Council or witnessed by a third country church body." Lyim explained, since 1991, PCT has started to engage with CCC and TSPM and know very well that these two self-claimed church bodies were actually one institution. They are led by United Front Department under China's Central Political Bureau. Claiming themselves as a "patriotic religious body", CCC and TSPM are not ashamed to proclaim they are "under the leadership of Communist Party, with an fervent passion toward the socialism fatherland".
Rev. Hsu Jung-fong, Moderator of 58th General Assembly, expressed that PCT would hold a public hearing with law makers before this Taipei forum in August. PCT would report to the society, thru the media, what PCT stands for regarding this forum.
Within the pastoral letter to all PCT church members, Rev. Hsu reminded: "the existence of family church should not be overlooked" and Taiwan church should "remember those Chinese Christians, who were fearlessly and staunchly insisting their faith under the persecution from Chinese Communist Regime".
On the issue concerning the proposals of Taiwan Civil Government(abbreviated as TCG), compounded by the fact that many PCT pastors has joined in TCG to express their concerns about Taiwan future, Central Committee concluded: It is not realistic to solve Taiwan's international status through an intervention by American Military Government, as proposed by TCG. The proper way should be done through a plebiscite referendum which is based on the internationally recognized principle of self-determination by all inhabitants.
Rev. Lyim stressed PCT's stand toward Taiwan future is very clear: It should be decided by Taiwan people, not by a non-existent American Military Government. Besides, the election activities of ROC are still de facto valid; if TCG's proposal to deny everything democratically elected under ROC regime is followed, Taiwan sovereignty would be fallen into the trap set up by pro-China forces in Taiwan. Though PCT does not support TCG, her rights of free expression is highly respected. In addition, PCT would arrange itinerary explanation session around Taiwan on this issue. "To engage a theological dialogue on this issue is not excluded!", said Rev. Hsu Jung-fong.
Translated by Peter Wolfe
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