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CHRISTIANS IN CHINA FORCED TO RENOUNCE FAITH
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is reportedly forcing people of faith to renounce their beliefs and replace religious symbols and imagery with portraits of Chairman Mao and President Xi Jinping. . . .
A few months ago, communist officials in Linfen reportedly called officials from all the local towns and villages under its governance for a meeting.
“The participants were ordered to remove crosses, religious symbols and images from the homes of people of faith who receive social welfare payments and replace them with portraits of Chairman Mao and President Xi Jinping,” Bitter Winter reported Tuesday. “The officials were instructed to annul the subsidies to those who protest the order.”
A member of a church there told the publication that the communist officials tore down religious writings and a calendar of Jesus in his home and replaced it with an image of Mao Zedong, the most murderous dictator in world history.
The communist official reportedly told the person, “Impoverished religious households can’t receive money from the state for nothing — they must obey the Communist Party for the money they receive.”
“A preacher from a house church received a visit from local officials in May,” Bitter Winter claimed. “They removed a cross and images of Jesus from his home and posted a portrait of Mao Zedong.”
“All impoverished households in the town were told to display Mao Zedong images,” the preacher said. “The government is trying to eliminate our belief and wants to become God instead of Jesus.” . . .
Reports documenting the Chinese Communist Party’s attempts to get people to renounce their Christian faith have been around for some time. The Washington Post reported in 2017:
Jesus Christ won’t drag you out of poverty or cure your illnesses, but the Chinese Communist Party will, so take down those pictures of Christ and put up a nice photograph of President Xi Jinping.
That’s what thousands of villagers in southeastern China have been told by local officials, in a sign of the growing cult of personality around the country’s powerful leader, as well as rising pressure on Christian worship. . . .
Qi Yan, chairman of the Huangjinbu people’s congress, . . . said . . .“Many rural people are ignorant. They think God is their saviour,” Qi said. “After our cadres’ work, they’ll realise their mistakes and think: we should no longer rely on Jesus, but on the party for help.”
(Excerpt from The Daily Wire. From Ryan Seevedra. Photo from Unsplash. By Kirill Sharkovski.)
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Father we pray for your protection of the Christ followers in China. We pray for the courage of Daniel and Esther to remind them that they are called for such a time as this. Please provide for them protection from those who would take their very lives so that they can be encouragers to their own people and that with Your Spirit, they will overcome darkness with your light. Give courage also to those who diligently bring your Word and encouragement to the Chinese people as they work tirelessly underground to serve You. May the rest of us not forget them, but diligently pray for the Chinese people and support them … and remember that we are all in this together.
Father I pray that You will prove the Chinese government WRONG. I pray for Your mighty supernatural provision for the Chinese believers. Prove to the Communist government officials that NOTHING is impossible for You to do. Your word says You are Jehovah Jireh, our Provider, THEIR Provider! I pray that You will so bless these Chinese Christian that the government will be stunned and wondering how this could possibly happen. They may say: “These rural people are ignorant to think that God is their Savior and want them to realize their mistakes and think we should no longer rely on Jesus, but on the party for help.” Jehovah Jireh I pray that You will supply the needs and help these Christian’s need so much that the government leaders and ALL Chinese people will see that YES INDEED You ARE faithful, reliable and able to do more than we can possibly imagine! I ask You Father God to do this according to Your great and mighty power and will; and for Your glory. I am asking for this in Jesus’ name AMEN
I pray that you would hear the cries of your people in China. Please give your people strength to stand firm in their faith. Let them be immovable and unshakable. Lord, I pray that you would free them from oppression, just like you did in Exodus. Let a modern day Moses arise from their Empire and start a revival to turn the hearts of the Communist Party. We ask this in your Holy name.
You dismantled the Soviet Union not long ago. I ask that You now dismantle the Chinese Communist Party. Free the Chinese people to worship You and live in peace.
In Jesus name I pray for You to move mightily in China removing those things which oppose You and blessing what is good.
Heavenly Father, we know that the government welfare system is not Your system! Your system is FAMILY, Friends, and Neighbors. I pray that You will bring about good from this and re-institute Your original plan. Laugh at their schemes and show Yourself strong to Your saints in China. In Jesus’ mighty name, I pray. Amen.
Father, I intercede on behalf of my brothers and sisters in China and ask that You move against the government and draw all in China to Yourself.
Father, may your people in China feel your presence and strength as they suffer for you. May they have your grace to ensure. May we here be faithful to pray for them.
Our hearts are grieved for our brothers and sisters of China. May the Lord the King of Kings, the first and the last, the One who was dead and has come to life,our Lord Jesus Christ strenghen them, impart grace and faith needed to stand firm. May they trust Him and know they are rich in Christ, may they be encouraged to rejoice in suffering with Christ. May they sense Jesus’ perfect love and walk in sufferwithout fear. May the light if Christ scatter the darkness and shine the light of the gospel to His oppressed and afflicted people. Holy Father draw our hearts together in your Holy Spirit to care and pray and worship togeher each day. God is our Shield. He is our defense. He will save the right in heart. May the church in China be overcomers in Jesus Christ our Lord and may they receive the crown of life.
Amen! This prayer speaks my heart As well!