MAN IN THE PLACE OF GOD? 84-yo Christian ordered to pray to president instead of God; cross replaced with image of president [#ChinaPersecution #ChristianPersecution] 08/14
Authorities in China replaced a cross in the home of an elderly Christian man with an image of Xi Jinping and ordered him to pray to the country’s president instead of God as part of the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to “sinicize” Christianity.
The 84-year-old man in Shanxi Province, China, was among a number of Christians in several provinces ordered to remove Christian imagery from their homes and replace them with pictures of Communist leaders.
“The township [Chinese Communist] Party [CCP] secretary asked me to take down and throw away the cross and told me to pray to Xi Jinping from then on. Xi Jinping is a man, not God. I feel saddened for the cross being taken down, but there is nothing I can do.”
– the unidentified Christian
China: 84-yo Christian ordered to pray to Xi over God; cross replaced with image of CCP ruler