For China’s Underground Churches, This Was No Easy Christmas

Li Chengju glared at her prison interrogator as he pressed her to renounce her Christian church and condemn her pastor. . .

“I’m a citizen who has faith,” she told the interrogator. “God knows everything you are doing and he will judge you one day.”

Then she repeated a saying she’d heard at church about the Chinese president: “Xi Jinping is sinning against God. If he doesn’t repent, he will be judged by God.” . . .

The government calls its campaign “Sinicization” — a euphemism for turning faith into a tool for indoctrination in Chinese Communist Party ideology. The official five-year plan, issued in 2018, calls for inserting “patriotic education” and “socialist core values” into churches, revising the Bible and using church sermons to enforce party leadership and reject foreign influences. . .

“Every day, we’re in a battle with fear,” she said. “But we can pray, and God will be faithful.” (Read more from “For China’s Underground Churches, This Was No Easy Christmas” HERE)

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