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China’s War On Christians Intensifies


B y: Stan Guthrie
June 6, 2019



A proverb from the Song Dynasty of a millennium ago states , “Thick mountains could not stop the river from flowing into the sea.” Thirty years after the slaughter of pro-democracy protesters at Tiananmen Square , China’s persecuted Christians certainly hope the saying proves true in their case.

Turning its back on a reform policy that by and large recognized Christians as good citizens, the bellicose Communist government , led by President Xi Jinping, lately has been doing everything it can to block the mighty river of Chinese Christianity.

According to China-watchers Nina Shea and Bob Fu , the country’s Christian presence has grown to possibly more than 100 million people (36 million in official, state-recognized churches), compared with a Communist Party membership of just 90 million. The church growth among China’s 1.4 billion people has come on the heels of disillusionment both with the Party and the spiritual vacuum created by the country’s economic and social disruptions.

Fenggang Yang of Purdue says that China might be home to as many as 247 million Christians by 2030. These kinds of numbers have shocked Communist Party officials. Fu’s organization, ChinaAid, recently downloaded some accidentally posted internal Chinese documents that revealed the government’s desire to “contain the overheated growth of Christianity.”

Old regulations concerning churches are now being enforced, including those that ban minors from going to church and Sunday schools and Bible camps from operating. In some churches, Christian symbols are being replaced with pictures of Xi. Hundreds of churches have had their crosses removed and been forced to fly the Chinese flag and sing patriotic songs. Online Bible purchases are now illegal. The Communist Party, which is officially atheistic, has assumed direct control of all churches.

“Some urban underground megachurches were shut down,” Shea and Fu report. “Thousands of congregants were arrested and several prominent Protestant pastors received lengthy prison sentences. Earlier [in May], the regime launched a nationwide campaign to eradicate unregistered churches.”

As is always the case in China, some areas are more problematic than others. “Last year in Henan province,” Shea and Fu say, “10,000 Protestant churches were ordered shut, even though most were registered with the state. During 2018, more than one million Christians were threatened or persecuted and 5,000 arrested.”

Last December, police rounded up Pastor Wang Yi and his wife, Jiang Rong, along with 100 members of his Early Rain congregation in Chengdu. Wang and his wife are charged with “inciting subversion,” which carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison. The church is gone from the three floors it rented, replaced by a business association and a construction company. The Guardian reports that the 1,500-member Zion church in Beijing was shut down after its pastor refused to install closed-circuit television to monitor members.

Although the Vatican and Chinese officials reached an agreement allowing Xi to appoint some Catholic bishops, two Marian pilgrimage shrines were destroyed, several underground Catholic priests and a bishop were forced into Communist “re-education” sessions, and two dozen Catholic churches in Hebei are being torn down.

These measures and more prompted Open Doors to move China up from No. 43 to No. 27 on its annual World Watch List of countries where it’s most difficult to be a Christian. It’s a massive jump. “The Chinese government,” notes Christopher Summers, “… works hard to make sure nothing in the country is a threat to the absolute authority of the Party—and its chairman, Xi Jinping.”

“The Chinese Communist Party wants to be the God of China and the Chinese people,” says Huang Xiaoning , pastor of the Guangzhou Bible Reformed Church, which has been closed twice in the past year. “But according to the Bible only God is God. The government is scared of the churches.”

According to reporter Lily Kuo in Chengdu, authorities are concerned not only by the growth of Christianity, but by the boldness of some of its leaders to speak out on social issues and civil rights. Every year Early Rain’s Wang, a noted public intellectual, commemorates the Tiananmen Square massacre and serves as an advocate for parents and families harmed by everything from faulty vaccines to substandard construction.

“Early Rain church is one of the few who dare to face what is wrong in society,” one member told Kuo. “Most churches don’t dare talk about this, but we obey strictly obey [sic] the Bible, and we don’t avoid anything.”

Observers say that authorities don’t want to wipe out Christianity, as their predecessors attempted to do during the Cultural Revolution. According to Ying Fuk Tsang, director of the Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, “President Xi Jinping is trying to establish a new order on religion, suppressing its blistering development. [The government] aims to regulate the ‘religious market’ as a whole.”

Indeed. More than a million Uighur Muslims have been forced into concentration camps, along with some Christian converts as well. The New York Times reports that the Chinese government is employing artificial intelligence facial recognition technology to monitor and target the Uighurs. Tibetan Buddhists, meanwhile, are  prohibited from displaying photos  of the Dalai Lama. Falun Gong adherents by the hundreds have been arrested.

If misery truly loves company, then Christians ought to be thrilled, because they have plenty. Yet while there are many mountains of opposition blocking their way, Chinese believers in Jesus have good reason to believe that God will continue to allow the gospel to flow.

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China cracks down on Christians -- a new era of religious persecution has arrived







Zion Church in Beijing is the largest in China’s burgeoning Protestant underground. In September, the 11-year-old house church was sealed shut by the government.

Its crime? Zion’s pastor, Dr. Ezra Mingri Jin, a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, had rejected an intolerable Chinese Communist Party (CCP) directive to mount face-recognition cameras on his pulpit, turned on the congregation. For his refusal, the pastor and virtually all of Zion’s 1,500 members have been detained, searched and questioned by public security – some more than once.


And the worst may be yet to come. Their police records will now be used in China’s new Orwellian social credit score system to deny them access to government trains, planes, schools, pensions and other benefits.

All of China’s more than 100 million Protestants and Catholics are bracing to have their faith severely tested in a harsh, all-enveloping crackdown.

The government’s repression against the churches is being done in the name of President Xi Jinping’s “sinicization” campaign, ostensibly to strengthen Chinese culture. However, it increasingly appears aimed at removing the Bible and its teachings from Chinese Christianity.

Earlier this year, President Xi issued draconian new regulations for religious affairs and charged the officially atheist CCP with enforcing them. Sophisticated technology, combined with iron fist policing, are now being used to suppress China’s booming Protestant and Catholic Church.

A staggering 100,000 or more Christians are estimated to have been arrested this year, compared to 3,700 in 2017, according to ChinaAid – a Christian human rights organization which promotes religious freedom and rule of law in China. Most of these, as with Zion Church’s, involved short term detentions.

Particularly targeted are “underground” churches that are not registered with the Chinese government, principally because these Christians do not want the oversight and control that comes with registration. As we write, word comes that some 100 Christians with the underground Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu have been rounded up and detained. Some claim “rape and abuse” by police.

Pastor Ezra is part of the Protestant underground, estimated by a leading China expert at Perdue University to serve all but 30 million of China’s 93 to 115 million Protestants . He and over 400 other Protestant underground pastors have signed onto a courageous declaration, on file at ChinaAid. In it, they affirm their resolve to meet this unfolding persecution with faithfulness and peaceful resistance, stating, in part: “For when churches refuse to obey evil laws, it does not stem from any political agenda; it does not stem from resentment or hostility; it stems only from the demands of the gospel and from a love for Chinese society.”


As Christians worldwide celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ two thousand years ago, these new Christians and all others persecuted for their faith in China must not be forgotten.


Despite the Vatican’s agreement with Beijing on the appointment of bishops in September of this year, about a dozen Catholic priests have been jailed since its signing. In November, Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou underwent two weeks of state indoctrination and interrogation – his fifth detention in two years.

And some Chinese Christians spend years in prison. Catholic Bishop James Su Zhimin of Boading has languished in prison for 20 years after leading a Mass without government permission. The government refuses to provide any information on him.

An American resident is among China’s religious prisoners. Pastor John Sanqiang Cao of North Carolina was sentenced last March to seven years for “organizing illegal border crossings” after opening schools and delivering humanitarian aid in Burma. He reportedly shares a cell and one bed with a dozen inmates, and has lost 50 pounds.

Minors are now banned from entering any church. Online sales of Bibles are blocked. The Catholic Catechism is censored. Churches report that their crosses and other Christian symbols are being torn down and sometimes replaced with pictures of none other than President Xi himself.

Since February, thousands of churches have been forced shut. It’s particularly chilling that many of the 10,000 Protestant churches closed in one province were actually government-approved ones. In addition, this September, the government-approved Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Henan saw its priest detained and defrocked by the state-sponsored Patriotic Catholic Association, reportedly for organizing parish fellowship groups for the youth and elderly.

As these examples show, the repression is not limited to the underground churches. These incidents flag that President Xi intends to curtail all of China’s various Christian communities or possibly even eliminate them.

We have only to look at the suffering of western China’s Uighur Muslims – a million of whom have been confined to indoctrination camps – to be certain that President Xi is ruthlessly ushering in a new era of intense religious persecution.

An eloquent vow from the pastors’ declaration should be both a warning and an inspiration for us: “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.”

As Christians worldwide celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ two thousand years ago, these new Christians and all others persecuted for their faith in China must not be forgotten.

We should call on our political and religious leaders to urgently speak up for them and to strenuously press President Xi to respect religious freedom.

Bob Fu is a Chinese-American pastor and the founder of ChinaAid, an international non-profit Christian human rights organization committed to promoting religious freedom and rule of law in China. He served as a house church leader in Beijing until being imprisoned for two months for “illegal evangelism” in 1996. Bob fled to the United States as a religious refugee in 1997.




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Top 250 Holy Hip Hop Songs


By admin, 2018-04-27


TOP 250 HOLY HIP HOP SONGS

Los Angeles/Atlanta/New York (April 26, 2018) –ChristianHipHop.com announced its Official List of Top 250 Holy Hip Hop Songs, From Ministers of the Gospel over the past 20+ years (1996-2018), that are enlightening the community, changing the paradigm and steadily elevating the Holy Hip Hop Genre of music ministry (a/k/a - christian hip hop, hip hop gospel, gospel hip hop, gospel rap, christian rap, hip hop ministry) to higher ground worldwide in furtherance of the global movement/mission to Take The Gospel To The Streets, as follows:

 

  1. I Am That I Am - Cross Movement

  2. It Don't Stop - Mr. Del

  3. Hallelujah All Day - Datin

  4. Preacher Man - Canton Jones

  5. Resistance Iz Futile - Corey Red & Precise

  6. Cost of Blood – Sincere Israel

  7. Favor – Ambassador

  8. OhKay - K-Drama

  9. Few Are Chosen - Lil Raskull

  10. Not Soft - Cash Hollistah

  11. Call Em Out - Dre Marshall

  12. Passion - R. Swift

  13. King - Bravo

  14. Motivation - This'l

  15. Give Yo Life – Pettidee

  16. FireProof - F.T.F.

  17. Solar-Powered - Brinson

  18. P31 – Murk

  19. Changed - Hansoul

  20. In The Air - 2Edge

  21. Hip-Hop Music - Phanatik

  22. Fall - Sevin

  23. Righteous - Fro

  24. Die Daily - Sean Slaughter

  25. Tell The World - Lecrae

  26. I'm A Christian - Bizzle

  27. Head Up High - Rawsrvnt

  28. I'll Be Good - Gospel Gangstaz

  29. Fired Up - Infamous

  30. Reach - WayneJTM

  31. My Lane - Dre Murray

  32. All The Way - The Watchman

  33. Out of Here - Garett Lee

  34. Let Me In - Zion

  35. Why Can't They Hear Me - KNINE

  36. 4-U - K-Love

  37. Feel Good Music - Minister Blak

  38. Virtuous Woman - Tragedy

  39. Wait - State

  40. Where My Christians At - Dice Gamble

  41. Jumpin - Derek Minor

  42. Dear Slim - KJ-52

  43. Blowin Up - Hallel P

  44. Round Em Up - Canon

  45. Get Live (He Alive) - Fedel

  46. Way Up - Tedashii

  47. I Ain't Runnin - Desciple

  48. That's What You Are - D. Reed

  49. Rockstar - Cheno Lyfe

  50. Worthy - Brother Dre

  51. So Blessed - J. Kwest

  52. Out Tha Box - Easop

  53. Dont Be Mad - BB-Jay

  54. Y U Runnin - XROSS

  55. Until I Pass Out - Uncle Reece

  56. Holy Ghost Fire - T-Haddy

  57. Praise Him - Shei Atkins

  58. 1234 - JD Eyebrows

  59. HodgePodge - Kambino

  60. Young, Fly & Saved – M3

  61. In Da Streetz - 2Five

  62. National Anthem - Mark J

  63. Turn This Up - T-Bone

  64. Work It Out - Erica Mason

  65. Lets Go - D-M.A.U.B.

  66. All I Have – NF

  67. The Gaze - Proverb Newsome

  68. Come On - Breeve Eazy

  69. Let It Glow - TP9

  70. Poison - Double

  71. Salute - True

  72. Champion - Warriors of The Cross

  73. Rock – Ty Scott

  74. Belongs To You - Damion Orlando

  75. Grace and Mercy - Swisaboi

  76. Choose This Day - Todd Tense

  77. Backslider - Sandor

  78. Stop Playin - Tre-9

  79. Rep Christ Yal - Doulos

  80. Set Us On Fire - Tawanna Ross

  81. The King – Brother Mario

  82. Rollin - NAK Daniels

  83. Tap In – Zelus

  84. Let's Get It - 1KPhew

  85. Tuff - J.A.Z.

  86. Party - Dfizzle Mayne

  87. Repent Or Perish - Obadiah-1

  88. I Believe – Holy Hot Boyz

  89. The Warning – Bari Tunstill

  90. Finally Here - Chozen

  91. Unorthodox - Urban D

  92. Sweet Victory - Trip Lee

  93. Real Love - Buckbarnabas

  94. Clarion Call – Army of the Lord Champions

  95. Dive – Social Club Misfits

  96. Church Gone Wild - Future Kid

  97. Elder Road - S.O.

  98. I Believe – KB

  99. Get It Str8 - Lil Dre

  100. Hope - Da Truth

  101. Rapid Fire - Keep The Word

  102. Lev. 11:45 – C.Micah

  103. Do What It Do - Richie Righteous

  104. Passing Blessings - Keylin Santana

  105. You Can't Stop Me – Andy Mineo

  106. Illusions - Choze

  107. I'm In The Streets - Japhia Life

  108. Snap Bounce - The Clergy

  109. Big Tymin - Scooda

  110. 100Ms - Chris Elijah

  111. Eternity – Brandi Booth

  112. Forever - Rio24K

  113. Pray - LANDR

  114. Ravens - Least of All (L.O.A.)

  115. SWRVN - CJ King

  116. So What - Suzy Rock

  117. In Satan's Name - Bruthaz Grimm

  118. All Inclusive 2Nite - STIKK

  119. Boogie Bounce - Shonlock

  120. Holy Water (H20) - M.A.J.O.R.S.

  121. How U Doin - Nue Breed

  122. Swerve - K-Lee

  123. Going To The Top Now - HEE-Sun Lee

  124. For My City - J.A.M. Team

  125. Good or Great - Jai Dowdy

  126. Highest Praise - RevDeep

  127. Hood Like Keyshia Cole - Metroclus

  128. I For Jesus - Wingy Danejah

  129. The Dead Living - JohnThreeSixteen

  130. Changez - Tha GIM

  131. Handle It - Lil Maurice

  132. On My Behalf - Mario Mitchell

  133. Who U Seekn - Hevn Li Angel

  134. Hey! Hey! - Martay

  135. Who Is God - Mobsters of Light

  136. Can I Get An Ay - Willie Will

  137. Club Blazer - The Preachaholicz

  138. Raw and Uncut - Ziklag

  139. Ten - Zeno Suave

  140. March - Jirah

  141. Christ Crucified - Shai Linne

  142. God's Gift - Eastwood

  143. Problems - Yaves

  144. Reflections - O' Dion

  145. Blaow! – FireJaws

  146. All The Time - Swoope

  147. Divine Touch - Quinton Harris

  148. HelpMate - Markilo Allen

  149. Christ - Shadow

  150. Sick of My Flesh - TonyWhoa!

  151. Give It To You - Andre Achat

  152. God Is Love - Big Prophet

  153. Mobigga – Crunk In Da Church House

  154. No Greater Love - The Spiritual Lyricist

  155. Loose - LaToria

  156. Shake N Bake - 2.0

  157. Protected – Dale J. Evans

  158. Wave Dem Towels – DJ Intangibles

  159. Provision – Fight

  160. Hello – Blessed

  161. Soul At War – Fatal J/Young Lions

  162. Iron Man – JustFlo

  163. We Need A Savior – RiverFlow

  164. Stay Focused – Dking

  165. Sho Baraka - Marantha

  166. Fear Not - Theory Hazit

  167. I'm Alive – Authentik

  168. Witness– Preacherman

  169. Hold On – 7Tre

  170. Still Radical – W.A.R. Klick

  171. 5 O' Clock - Sean C. Johnson

  172. Up Yonda - Rook

  173. Shine – The Priesthood

  174. This Is Me – Dynamic Twins

  175. U Don't Wanna – C.O.R.P. 1

  176. Temptation – Da Horsemen

  177. I Will Survive – B.L.I.N.D

  178. Thinkin Out Loud - Parabols

  179. All 4 U – iGorilla4MyLord

  180. Passing Us By – Kingsta

  181. GodBlessha – Milliyon

  182. Jesus On My Mind – Da Church

  183. One GOD – 2103

  184. Unusual - Sicily

  185. Criticize Me – Big City

  186. The Blood – Big Unc

  187. Grind N Pray – Bishop Bee

  188. A New Song – Brutha 2 Brutha

  189. Waves - Pyrexx

  190. Something About – GL Hodges

  191. I'll Go – Blazon

  192. Lift My Handz – Crystal Cameron

  193. Dedicate – Chris Fields

  194. Mr. 217 – Move Dat Mountain

  195. Let It Go – Eckspress/Tribs

  196. He Did It Again – Flame

  197. Set Free – IC Jonez

  198. Holy Rollers – Infinity

  199. Focus – Izreal

  200. Throw Em Off – JayMay

  201. Get Crunk – JCS

  202. 66 Guns – D.O.X.

  203. Come Go With Me – Jita

  204. 84 Pills – Kaleb Starr

  205.  Fool Wit It - Big Moose

  206. I'm a Rida – Legions of Souls/TCO

  207. Studda – Odessi

  208. Keep Pressin On – Lil La La

  209. Dat Holy Girl – Lunie 3:80

  210. Preacher Man - Charmaine

  211. Brand New Me – MC Jin

  212. The Realness – N'aeem

  213. Reign - Newt Newt

  214. Sexual Immorality – Noah

  215. Dead Man Walkin – Nuwine

  216. Glory To God – EmceeN.I.C.E

  217. Just Can't Stop – Leslie Shannelle

  218. Changed – Princess

  219. Life or Death – Prime Minister

  220. Crazie – Rio

  221. Keep Goin – Boy Wonda

  222. Jesus Everyday – S.O.G.

  223. Trust On Me – Tabsoul

  224. Eyes of the Lord – Te Luvv

  225. Kill Yourself – Antonious

  226. Significance - Elle Roc

  227. Worship You – True-In-Deed

  228. Devil's Lies – TwinSaintz

  229. Rep Yahweh – Xstatic (Kuntry Wyte & Pyro)

  230. Hittin Dem Streets – Young Prayzr

  231. You Are My Help – Baby J

  232. I Testify – We Are The Saints

  233. Sovereign King – Deborah

  234. Count Your Blessings – K-Praize

  235. Choose Side - FFOR

  236. Cant Get Enough - Fiti Futuristic

  237. Imma Still – Triumph Warlord

  238. Get It Right – Eryk Anglin

  239. He Is Alive - Shamel Shiloh

  240. Who You Representin - IROCC

  241. Lay My Voice On You – Man On Fire

  242. A Call For Response – King David (Tha Vessel)

  243. Brody Raw - Pressure

  244. Fightin Demons – D. Hunter

  245. No Games – Child of Zion

  246. Faith On Swoll - Echo

  247. Show Off – Jesus Or Bust

  248. What It Iz – Octavia Harris

  249. Make It Rain – BdKold

  250. Anonymous – The Walking Dead


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Communist China Bans Online Bible Sales -- Crosses Removed From Churches






By April 6, 2018 | 4:49 PM EDT


The Communist Chinese government banned the sale of Bibles online this week and released a new document dictating its "Policies and Practices on Protecting Freedom of Religious Belief ." 





By Thursday, April 5, "internet searches for the Bible came up empty on leading online Chinese retailers, such as JD.com, Taobao, and Amazon," reported the New York Times

Christianity is the only religion in China, according to The Times , in which its primary holy book, the Bible, is banned online. Books from other religions such as Buddhism, Taoism, and Islam are available. The Quran is not banned online.

People can buy the Bible at bookstores in China. According to the government's new document on religious freedom, "China has printed over 160 million copies of the Bible in more than 100 different languages for over 100 countries and regions...."

The restriction of online sales "clearly shows that they [Chinese government] worry or are concerned about Catholics as well as Protestants," Prof. Yang Fenggang, head of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University, told The Times

The newspaper further reported that the Communist government in China continues to remove crosses from Christian churches and that in 2014-16, "more than 1,500 crosses were removed from churches in one Chinese province with close ties" to President Xi Jinping.

In addition, Christians in some parts of China are ordered to replace pictures of Jesus with those of President Xi, if they want to receive government assistance. 

In its document on "Protecting Freedom of Religious Belief," the Chinese government states that it “manages religious affairs in accordance with the law” and “actively guides religions to adapt to the socialist society….”

"The state treats all religions fairly and equally, and does not exercise administrative power to encourage or ban any religion," claims the document. "No religion is given preferential treatment above other religions to enjoy special legal privileges."

China is ranked among the Top 50 countries in the world for persecution of Christians , according to the World Watch List. 

According to Freedom House, " controls over religion in China have increased since 2012, seeping into new areas of daily life and triggering growing resistance from believers."

“As the larger of the two main Christian denominations in China, Protestants have been particularly affected by cross-removal and church-demolition campaigns, punishment of state-sanctioned leaders, and the arrest of human rights lawyers who take up Christians’ cases," said Freedom House in its report, The Battle for China's Spirit: Religious Revival, Repression, and Resistance under Xi Jinping .

Since the Communists seized power in China in 1949, at least 65 million people have been killed for political/class and even religious reasons. Most of the perpetrators of those crimes -- government officials implementing government policies -- have not been held accountable for their atrocities. 






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Holy Hip Hop Top 10


By admin, 2018-03-14



Holy Hip Hop Top 10 Most Requested Songs

 

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 14, 2018) – Holy Hip Hop Mobile announced its Top 10 requested songs from its digital subscriber base, as follows:


































Rank Artist Song
1 Murk P31
2 Keylin Santana Passing Blessings
3 Erica Mason Work It Out
4 Mr. Del Look at GOD
5 Derek Minor (feat. Derah/Byron Juane) Astronaut
6 Tp9 Let It Glow
7 Canton Jones Not Soft
8 Cash Hollistah Gorilla
9 Metroclus Hood like Keyshia Cole
10 Rook Up Yonda

 

 

To listen to Holy Hip Hop Mobile Top 10 at Noon Monday Through Sunday on ChristianRadio.com, click/copy/paste the following link in your web-browser:   -- or visit: www.CHHRadio.com .

 

About Holy Hip Hop Mobile:   Holy Hip Hop Mobile specializes in inspirational social media music and entertainment, leveraging a proprietary digital member subscriber network of aficionados of street ministry 150,000+ strong, growing virally (via word-of-mouth) at a rapid rate  For more information on rising independent Ministers of the Gospel advancing the Holy Hip Hop music genre worldwide, please visit: www.ChristianHipHop.com .  To submit music for fan consideration, please send .mp3 files to: admin@christianhiphop.org

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With a desire to support local Christian radio stations, we want to point our visitors towards Christian Teaching Talk Stations and Christian Music Stations in their state from Salem Radio Network. With the ability to stream live radio online, we hope to provide a constant source of spiritual growth and encouragement. For more information and to listen now, please visit: www.ChristianRadio.com .

 
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Russians Rap Christian Orthodoxy


By admin, 2018-03-09


Holy Hip Hop: Russian rappers singing about Christian Orthodoxy


Source: CalvertJournal.com - https://www.calvertjournal.com/articles/show/2747/holy-hip-hop-meet-the-russian-rappers-singing-about-christian-orthodoxy

By: Sasha Raspopina






Russian rap has a new hero: God. Your guide to the fantastical — and frightening — world of Russian Orthodox hip hop




  • Holy hip hop: meet the Russian rappers singing about Christian Orthodoxy

  • Rapping priest Nastoyatel

  • Hip hop and religion probably don’t seem the most obvious bedfellows. But over the past few years Russia has seen the emergence of a genre marrying the two: Orthodox hip hop, a local equivalent of the burgeoning Christian rap scene in the US. In fact, the new Christian hip hop is perhaps not so different from the mainstream: as elsewhere the lyrics tend towards the misogynistic, with women depicted as two-timing temptresses who will draw you into their web before running off with another man. Infidelity aside, the main topics covered have a familiar feel:  brotherhood, revenge for murdered friends and sport. But there's another very specific subject that keeps cropping up: God.







While some believers chastise the new genre as an unholy alliance, others are happy to increase the size of the flock by whatever means necessary, especially if it means getting young Russians into churches. Something, at least, seems to be working. Although the Russian Orthodox church struggled for survival under Communist rule, it has staged an impressive comeback in the past 20 years, and particularly under President Vladimir Putin. According to American think tank Pew , the proportion of Russians identifying as Orthodox Christian more than doubled from 31% to 71% between 1991 and 2008.

The upswell of religious sentiment has had an influence on culture, especially fashion: clothing emblazoned with crosses is an increasingly common sight, as are women wearing headscarves out of piety. But this influence can have a much darker side — a certain deep-rooted racism that often accompanies Orthodoxy. That’s not to say that Orthodox Christianity or its cultural offshoots are intrinsically racist, but the new God-fearing rappers help to promote Church-sanctioned traditional Russian values and a form of nationalism that can be dangerously xenophobic. Although Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor often includes songs with hate-filled lyrics on its extremism blacklist, any bans have only boosted the popularity of the genre.

To help you get started with this increasingly influential scene, here's five of the biggest acts. 

  25/17

There’s a scene in Pulp Fiction when Samuel L Jackson cites Ezekiel 25:17 — a verse about revenge, Old Testament-style — before killing a man. Wildly successful rap duo, 25/17, from the Siberian city of Omsk, took their name, and their inspiration, from this iconic quote. Their shows sell out the moment tickets go on sale, although their regional focus — they rarely perform in Moscow or St Petersburg — speaks volumes about the provincial nature of their fanbase. To the non-Russian speaker, their gentle music and soft delivery lyrics may seem harmless but take a few seconds to watch their videos and it won't be not long before you see an act of violence of one kind or another. Their lyrics cover the expected trio of topics — friends, revenge and infidelity — but occasionally make forays into nostalgic and romanticised recollections of a late-Soviet childhood, all of which is framed within religious language that touches on miracles, Judgement Day and “true faith”.

  Oligarkh

Little is known about Oligarkh, a St Petersburg-based hip hop producer who keeps his identity firmly under wraps. His debut album Zemlya i Volya (Land and Freedom) was an instant hit when it was released in December 2013, although the instrumental nature of the music makes him the least political musician on this list. He nevertheless manages to get his godly message across by mixing in the sounds of choirs and bells and filling his music videos with religious imagery (think Jesus Christ on the cross and lots and lots of Orthodox Christian churches). With a keen marketing sense, Oligarkh released his last music video on the last day of Orthodox Lent. A comment on his Last.fm page sums up the rapping DJ-slash-preacher: “Well, now we need a Boiler Room live in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.” 

Sol Zemli

Sol Zemli (Salt of the Earth), a five-member outfit from Moscow, has a cult following in both the capital and the Russian regions. The band’s fan sites boldly claim that their music is what “Fyodor Dostoevsky and Alexei Balabanov would sound like if they made rap music”, although it’s actually closer to the politically charged songs of Russia's 90s criminal underworld, known collectively as shanson,  reworked to sound like hip hop. 

  Komba Bakh

Komba Bakh is one of the oldest bands on the Orthodox Christian hip hop scene, with close to 15 years experience under their belt. The band, from the historic town of Kostroma, not far from Moscow, mix hip hop with Russian and Belarusian folk tunes and reggae. Eager to distance themselves from all things related to western show business, they eschew the use of foreign words — which they see as a product of US entertainment industry — in favour of their own coinages: they don't have albums, they have “editions”. Their website even contains a glossary of their terminology: a computer, for instance, is known as an “enemy machine”.They reject international influence in favour of pan-Slavic brotherhood with neighboruing nations like Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova. When they're not rapping about national identity, the band channels their patriotic sentiments through art — their website also plays host to a collection of their paintings — a curious mixture of post-apocalyptic scenes and idyllic Russian landscapes. 

  Nastoyatel

When it comes to rapping about God, Maxim Kurlenko (aka Nastoyatel ) certainly knows his stuff. And he should: the 40-year-old is a practising priest in the small Cheboksary, a small town on the Volga; his stage name is a reference to a monastic rank. His sermon-like tracks fuse biblical verses with right-wing political messages (“Where has morally pure, white Russia gone?” he asks in one song) and attacks on “ liberasty ” — a portmanteau of liberal and pederast. Not a fan of hip hop? Not to worry. Kurlenko also produces a spoken-word podcast, God is With Us, which tackles similar issues.

Source: CalvertJournal.com


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In Chicago, 67 people have been shot and killed from January 1 through February 20, 2018 and climbing.



Source: Shooting victims are tracked by the Chicago Tribune Breaking News desk

@chitribgraphics

This is nearly 1 person every day in Chicago is gun-downed.

Here is what the NRA Spokeswoman (Dana Loesch) recently had to say about this national tragedy on February 22, 2018:

"Many in legacy media love mass shootings – you guys love it," Loesch said Thursday after taking the stage for the annual conservative conference. "Now, I'm not saying that you love the tragedy. But I am saying that you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold to you and many in the legacy media in the back (of the room)."

"And notice I said 'crying white mothers' because there are thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago every weekend, and you don't see town halls for them, do you?" Loesch continued. 

Why are there no mass protests, marches, lie-ins, town-halls being held in Chicago? Where are the pastors? Where is the Church? How could 67 people be shot down in an American city, and this is not on the news each and every day and solutions being sought to end the blood-shed.  NRA raises an interesting point that every person in America, who has a conscience, should consider. Where is the outrage? Why is no one talking about Chicago?

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Holy Hip Hop Top 10


By admin, 2018-02-21
Holy Hip Hop Top 10

Holy Hip Hop Top 10



  Holy Hip Hop Mobile

  Holy Hip Hop Top 10 Most Requested Songs

 

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 21, 2018) – Holy Hip Hop Mobile announced its Top 10 requested songs from its digital subscriber base, as follows:


































Rank Artist Song
1 Murk P31
2 Keylin Santana Passing Blessings
3 Mr. Del Look at GOD
4 Canton Jones I Won't Stop
5 Mr. 217 Move Dat Mountain
6 Derek Minor (feat. Derah/Byron Juane) Astronaut
7 Cash Hollistah (feat. Sean C. Johnson) Gorilla
8 Brinson Grudges
9 Up Yonda Rook
10 Metroclus Hood Like Keyshia Cole

 

 

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About Holy Hip Hop Mobile:   Holy Hip Hop Mobile specializes in inspirational social media music and entertainment, leveraging a proprietary digital member subscriber network of aficionados of street ministry 150,000+ strong, growing virally (via word-of-mouth) at a rapid rate  For more information on rising independent Ministers of the Gospel advancing the Holy Hip Hop music genre worldwide, please visit: www.ChristianHipHop.com .  To submit music for fan consideration, please send .mp3 files to: admin@christianhiphop.org

About ChristianRadio.com:   Our aim is to offer encouraging and uplifting Christian radio to help visitors strengthen their Christian faith and walk with Christ. We want our radio stations, whether the streaming content is Praise and Worship, Classical, Rock, Southern Gospel, Contemporary, or Talk Radio, to glorify God.
With a desire to support local Christian radio stations, we want to point our visitors towards Christian Teaching Talk Stations and Christian Music Stations in their state from Salem Radio Network. With the ability to stream live radio online, we hope to provide a constant source of spiritual growth and encouragement. For more information and to listen now, please visit: www.ChristianRadio.com .

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By admin, 2018-02-14
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TRE GOINS-PHILLIPS | JAN 13, 2018 | 3:04 PM

Chinese authorities used dynamite this week to destroy a well-known Christian megachurch in the northern part of the communist country.

The decision to demolish the Golden Lampstand Church in the Shanxi Province came amid the Communist Party's long-established fear that Christianity, seen by authorities as a Western way of life, is a threat to the government’s power, The New York Times reported.

Why Was the Church Destroyed?

The state-run newspaper Global Times described the church's destruction as part of “a city-wide campaign to remove illegal buildings,” quoting an anonymous government official who said the house of worship was “secretly built” and disguised as a “warehouse.”

But clearly, the church wasn’t much of a secret, because in 2009, members of the congregation said police confiscated Bibles and imprisoned several of the church's leaders. Nevertheless, the church was leveled Tuesday, according to ChinaAid, an American watchdog group that monitors religious freedom in China.

The group's founder and president, Bob Fu, said China's “repeated persecution” toward the megachurch shows the government has “no respect for religious freedom or human rights”:

“ChinaAid calls on the international community to openly condemn the bombing of this church building and urge the Chinese government to fairly compensate the Christians who paid for it and immediately cease these alarming demolitions of churches.”

Is Christianity Illegal in China?

While Christians are severely persecuted in China, it's important to note that — on paper — Christianity is not illegal in the Asian nation. While China's official stance is atheistic, Christianity is one of five approved religions in the country.

The other approved faiths are Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, and Catholicism, though the Catholic Church in China is forced to operate independent of the Vatican. The Chinese government, however, maintains its tight grip on Christianity via a nonreligious, nationalistic body — the Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) — established to regulate the church.
And that very much restricts the freedom Christians have in China. A central tenet of the Christian faith is spreading the gospel, or evangelism, but the “Three-Self” aspect of the TSPM totally restricts that.

Each congregation in China is to be self-governed, self-funded, and self-propagated, according to The Gospel Coalition. Furthermore, since the government is paranoid of established groups, due to the power they could wield, movements and denominations are also forbidden.

So in order to spread the Christian message effectively, believers have been forced to establish so-called “underground churches,” which are created outside the purview of the TSPM, because those within the government database are subject to constant censorship and supervision.

Is This an Isolated Incident?

According to the Times, under Chinese President Xi Jinping's leadership, the government has frequently destroyed churches or removed their crosses and steeples. Xi has indicated he prefers a tight control over Chinese society.

In April 2016, the Chinese president gave a speech on religious policy. During the address, he urged the Communist Party to “resolutely guard against overseas infiltrations via religious means,” warning any religion in the country must “Sinicize,” or become Chinese, The Associated Press reported.

Xi also made clear any faith-based group must submit to the leadership and whims of the Communist Party, adding, “in no way should religions interfere with government administration, judiciary and education.”

Source: ChristianPost.com

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