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-China: Christians Forced to Worship Xi Jinping Instead of Jesus?

by Dr. D ~ November 30th, 2017

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            (Xi Jinping: Wikipedia)

Chinese authorities have begun a new campaign to target Christians and force them to acknowledge the supremacy of the Communist Party over their religion. in some cases Christian families have been required to replace crosses and pictures of Jesus in their homes with posters of the Communist leader Xi Jinping. Here’s the story from PJ Media:

Under President Xi Jinping, China’s Communist Party is cracking down on religious freedom in rural areas. Christians in southeast China have complained that the local poverty relief program will withhold funds unless families remove posters of Jesus, crosses, or gospel couplets and replace them with pictures of Xi.

     "Many rural people are ignorant. They think God is their saviour. … After our cadres’ work, they’ll realise their mistakes and think: we should no longer rely on Jesus, but on the party for help"

said Qi Yan, chairman of the Huangjinbu people’s congress in southeastern Yugan county and the person in charge of the poverty relief drive.  …

This is far from the first time China under Xi has cracked down on religious freedom. … In September, it became clear that the party had effectively banned performances of Handel’s "Messiah."

In 2015, China’s Communist Party removed crosses from atop Christian churches for "safety reasons." …

In October, Xi told the Communist Party Congress that religion should be "Chinese in orientation." At that congress, Xi’s communist doctrine became enshrined in the party’s constitution, putting him on the same level as notorious Communist dictator Mao Zedong.

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New rules on practicing religion and forcing churches and pastors under government control have been put in place by Xi Jinping. See the following article on this new crackdown which began in 2016:

Red Tape: China Wants to Constrict Christian Activities with 26 New Rules

Response: This reminds me of the persecution of Christians under the Roman authorities in the first 3 centuries who did not mind Christians worshipping how they wished as long as they bowed down and acknowledged the supremacy and ‘divinity’ of the Roman emperor over God and Jesus. It did not work out for the Romans despite the Lions and the crosses and it will not work in China.

In fact it already has been proven to be futile in the past in China. The Communists closed down all of the churches in 1949 and Christians went underground and started secret house churches instead. At one point Mao’s wife claimed that there were no longer any Christians in China but she was wrong. The Christian community actually grew under the persecution from 900,000 in 1949 to over 100 million today.

This latest crackdown of the Communist party against the church will also fail regardless of what the officials demand. They may force crosses and pictures to be taken down but that does not mean that the Christians will stop worshipping God and Jesus over Xi and the party.               *Top

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