Christian Persecution Update

China Tears Down Churches’ 10 Commandments, Hangs Portrait of President Xi Jinping. ” In China, only the government and its leaders are to be worshipped.”

Psalm 25:19. Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.

Psalm 38:19. But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.

Psalm 41:7. All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.

Psalm 69:4. They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.

Psalm 69:14. Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.

Matthew 10:22. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Mark 13:13. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Luke 6:22. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.

Luke 21:17. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.

John 7:7. The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

John 15:18. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

John 15:23. He that hateth me hateth my Father also.

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matt. 24:9-14).

China Tears Down Churches’ 10 Commandments, Hangs Portrait of President Xi Jinping. ” In China, only the government and its leaders are to be worshipped.

Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Chinese government’s opposition to the Ten Commandments has led to bloody confrontations between government leaders and Christians – and in at least a few churches, the Ten Commandments being replaced with portraits of Communist leaders.

Government officials across China last year began forcing churches either to take down the Ten Commandments or to erase the First Commandment: “You shall have no other gods before me.”

The policy has sparked shocking violations of human rights and religious liberty.

The Ten Commandments in many churches have been replaced with portraits of communist revolution leader Mao Zedong and current Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to Bitter Winter, a religious liberty watchdog. Officials often tell the churches “things will be tough” if they don’t cooperate.

A local government official told Bitter Winter that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is opposed to the First Commandment. In China, only the government and its leaders are to be worshipped. 

“Christianity claims that no other gods should be worshiped,” the official said.

Still, some churches – even government-approved Three-Self congregations – are pushing back. Members of a Three-Self church in Zhengzhou city in the province of Henan tried stopping the forced removal of a Ten Commandments sign and poster Jan. 4. Three church members were injured and had to be sent to the hospital.

Church members told Bitter Winter that the government officials “were shouting that the Ten Commandments had to be torn down because they say that only one God should be worshiped.”

When the church members put the Ten Commandments back up, the government officials broke into the church in May and tore them down again. 

Elsewhere, local government officials in Henan’s Luoyang city also broke into a Three-Self church and tore down the Ten Commandments. A local official told Bitter Winter that the government’s Religious Affairs Bureau had issued a notice “requiring clergy members to remove the first four of the Ten Commandments in their churches.” 

“The Ten Commandments are the Christian doctrine and teachings,” a frustrated Christian told Bitter Winter. “The first four commandments concern the worshiping of God. Deleting these is offensive to God. Why not change the CCP’s manifesto and Party platform?”

Three-Self churches are legal within China but are heavily regulated. Because of the restrictions, millions of Chinese Christians have gone underground to worship in illegal churches.

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