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Of the Open Doors World Watch List Top 10 Countries for Persecution of Christians, 7 of them are Islamic and 1 is Communist. The hardest place in the world for a Christian to live and survive is North Korea. China has moved up into the top 50 at the number 27 slot.
Open Doors Annual Ranking of the 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest To Be a Christian
1. North Korea
As the United States and the Western World face off with China which is seeking control over the world’s economy and imposing military hegemony at the same time, we need to also be cognizant of the fact that the Dictator of China is making life a hell on Earth intentionally for Christians in his country. China has now crossed a red line by challenging God Almighty. Xi Jinping is deifying himself and demanding worship of his Communist government above God.
The Church Around the World ~ May 2019
Significant News for Christians
China Bans One of the Ten Commandments
Chinese officials entered a church recently and ordered the removal of one of the Ten Commandments ~ the first one ~ in another example of the nation’s crackdown on Christianity. This incident took place in a government-approved “Three-Self Church” and not in an illegal, unregistered congregation. About 30 government officials from the “patrol inspection team” took part in the examination of the church. An “official inspected the church thoroughly, stopped in front of the pulpit, and pointed to one of the Ten Commandments” on the wall.
“This must be removed,” the official said.
He was referencing the first commandment: “You shall have no other gods before me.” When church officials protested, the government official responded that President Xi Jinping “opposes this statement.”
“If anyone doesn’t agree, they are fighting against the country,” the official said. He warned the church, “This is a national policy. You should have a clear understanding of the situation. Don’t go against the government.”
Church members removed the Ten Commandments sign. “In China, practicing your faith is difficult,” a church member said. “They are trying to corrupt our faith and make us betray God.”
All religious creeds must be subordinate to the government. Religious citizens must first worship the Communist Party ~ only then can they worship God.
What China is demanding of Christians is blasphemy, heresy and apostasy all rolled into one. We cannot deny the Lordship of Jesus Christ by reciting the Islamic shahada professing Allah to be the only god and Muhammad as his only prophet. Likewise, worshipping Xi Jinping of China or Kim Jong-un of North Korea and deifying their Communist governments is a process whereby one could save his own life but lose his eternal soul.
China has over 97 million known Christians out of a population of over 1.4 billion. Christians in America and around the world need to pray for our brothers and sisters behind the Bamboo Curtain.
The United States government needs to hold China accountable for human rights violations even as we are also countering them militarily and economically. Everyone in the Trump Administration and every member of the U.S. Congress needs to be aware of these facts. Voters in next year’s election must ensure that this is a priority issue.
We must ensure religious liberty in our own country and we must also hold the rest of the world accountable in our bilateral and multilateral relations. We must not be distracted over concerns with how China and its Muslim Uyghurs deal with one another to the degree that we forsake truly persecuted minorities.
Christians are no threat to Beijing or anyone else in the world except in the minds of ungodly people. But whoever seeks to exalt himself and be worshipped over God stands in eternal peril.
Evildoers around the world ~ whatever your ideology ~ now is your time to repent. No doubt, the Usama Bin Ladens and Adolf Hitlers and Mao Tse-Tungs of this world wish they could come back from hell to warn you. But, they can’t.
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