Christianity Today: As China continues its religious crackdown, the authorities in part of central China have reportedly removed the Ten Commandments from churches and replaced them with quotes by President Xi Jinping.
One pastor speaking to Bitter Winter (magazine) explained how the Communist Party was seeking to slowly dismantle Christian beliefs in China.
“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 pastor said.
“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.”
He added: “The Communist Party’s ultimate goal is to ‘become God’. This is what the devil has always done.” more …
Opinion: Like all dictators, Xi Jinping has no tolerance for religion. Xi is cracking down on human rights, religious freedom, and freedom of expression.
- The Chinese government now selects Catholic Bishops (agreed to by Pope Francis)
- Bibles are being confiscated and churches destroyed
- Jews are restricted from celebrating Levitical observances
- Muslims are being placed in detention camps
So take a guess what is the fastest growing religion in China today?
If you guessed Christianity you are correct:
Before 1949 (3 million Catholics and 1 million Protestants), and are reaching 67 million today, Christianity is reportedly the fastest growing religion in China with average annual rate of 7%.
What Xi Jinping does’t know is that Christianity has thrived on such persecution for 2000 years:
”At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.3 As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.
4 Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. 5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. 6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. 8 And there was great joy in that city.” Acts 8:1-8
Great joy indeed.