• Communist China Wanting to Replace the Ten Commandments with … Leader’s Sayings?!?

    Surge Summary: The oppression of Christians in China is intensifying as the regime is now demanding churches in that Communist nation replace postings of the Ten Commandments with sayings of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

    The persecution of Christians and churches in China is continuing apace. This offensive against followers of Jesus has taken many forms, including stripping church sanctuaries of the Ten Commandments.

    But it gets worse.

    Religious liberty/human rights magazine Bitter Winter reports that among state-mandated churches,  the so-called “Three-Self” churches, most of the  Christian buildings under the government’s oversight have been forced to remove the Ten Commandments and replace them with quotes from President Xi Jinping.

    Faithwire’s Will Maule writes,

    Increasingly, Christianity is being labeled as a “Western Ideology” that must be resisted at all costs by the Chinese people. Simply put, the Chinese government is fostering demand for total devotion and loyalty to its leader and chief, warding Christians away from putting their hope in a religious deity like Jesus Christ.

    Citing a member of the so-called “Three-Self” state church, Bitter Winter reported that many of these congregations have “been shut down for not implementing the government’s demand to replace the Ten Commandments with the president’s quotes.”

    “Some congregations have been threatened to be blacklisted by the government, meaning that their travels will be restricted and schooling and future employment of their offspring will be impeded if they refused to overhaul their churches according to the current national policies,” the watchdog added. “Disobeying the orders means opposition to the Communist Party, officials claimed.”

    For years here in America, Leftists have been accused of wanting government to replace God in people’s lives. It looks like in China the Communist government intends to do that. Literally.

    One preacher from a state-led protestant church revealed the regime is set on destroying all Christian communities. It wants to swap its doctrine of socialism for their Biblical theology. This exchange, they promise, will cure the peoples’ problems.

    So instead of the Prince of Peace, Jehovah Rapha (God the Healer) and Jehovah Jireh (God the Provider), the Chinese people will have … Xi Jinping?

     “The government’s first step is to prohibit religious couplets. Then it dismantles crosses and starts to implement the ‘four requirements’ by ordering the national flag and ‘core socialist values’ to be placed in churches,” the minister explained.

    “Surveillance cameras to monitor believers and religious activities are then installed. The last step is to replace the Ten Commandments with Xi Jinping’s speeches. The Communist Party’s ultimate goal is to ‘become God.’ This is what the devil has always done.”

    Christian believers in nearby Hong Kong are well aware of the Chinese behemoth’s antagonism toward religion, and so have spent late months resisting an extradition bill that could see many of them arrested and detained in mainland China for exercising their faith.

    Encouragingly, Hong Kong’s pro-China Chief Executive Carrie Lam has conceded to a withdrawal of the extradition bill. Christians are relieved — for now.

    This could change, however, as the Chinese government could make another hasty attempt to force the legislation through. In that instance, Lam would be almost completely powerless to resist it — she is, after all, a mere figurehead, controlled by the central communist government under the command of President Xi Jinping.

    The pull-back of the offending bill is progress, to be sure. Still, the threat of further oppression looms. Violent skirmishes continue in Hong Kong. Incidents of police brutality occur on a regular basis. Earlier this week, for example, a man was forcibly pinned to the ground, sprayed point-blank in the face with mace as blood poured from a deep head wound.

    Many believers remain horrified by the sustained level of violence they are facing from law enforcement on the streets of Hong Kong — indeed, this indiscriminate mistreatment, they say, continues to fuel anti-government and anti-China sentiment.

    And the dictatorship of the People’s Republic? If they think their system, and the words of their leader, can overthrow and take the place of the Christian faith and the its tenets, is there any limit to what it will justify in demanding its way?

    I mean, when you think you can replace God …

    H/T: Faithwire/Will Maule

    Image: Adapted from: TIMEIR – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3289412

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