Ten Commandments in China’s Henan Replaced with Xi’s Quotations
09/16/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – The Chinese government now doesn’t want Christians to know the Ten Commandments, instead, they want them to familiarize themselves with President Xi Jinping’s quotations.
According to Bitter Winter magazine, a state-run Three-Self church in a county of Luoyang city in the central province of Henan has replaced the Ten Commandments with President Xi Jinping’s quotes after repeated demands.
According to a believer who asked to remain anonymous, against the will of believers, the Ten Commandments have been removed from nearly every Three-Self church and meeting venue in the county and replaced with quotations from Xi Jinping, such as excerpts from his speech at a Central United Front Work Department working meeting in 2015: “The core socialist values and Chinese culture will help to immerse various religions of China. Support religious community in interpreting religious thought, doctrines, and teachings in a way that conforms with the needs of the progress of the times. Resolutely guard against the infiltration of Western ideology, and consciously resist the influence of extremist thought.”
The believer also revealed that some Three-Self churches had 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. Disobeying the orders means opposition to the Communist Party, officials claimed.
A preacher from a state-run Protestant church said that the CCP attempts to erode the Christian doctrine. He said, “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. Surveillance cameras installed to monitor believers and religious activities. The last step is to replace the Ten Commandments with Xi Jinping’s speeches,” the preacher gave his analysis of the situation in Three-Self churches. “The Communist Party’s ultimate goal is to ‘become God.’ This is what the devil has always done.”
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