For God or Party? China’s Christians Face Test of Faith

In this photo taken Monday, June 4, 2018, Chinese calligraphy which reads "All nations belong to the Lord arising to shine" on left and "Jesus's salvation spreads to the whole world" on right are displayed below a crucifix in a house church shut down by authorities near the city of Nanyang in central China's Henan province.

By Published on August 8, 2018

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  • john appleseed

    The heroic faith of Chinese believers who rightly put Jesus above State should embarrass Christians elsewhere who put political figures above the Lord.

    In the US, some church leaders make cringe-inducing statements minimizing President Trump’s sins, even though these same leaders have loudly denounced President Clinton’s sins.

    It’s even worse here in the Philippines (where I am a missionary pastor).
    The president here is openly adulterous.
    He is prone to profane fits of rage during speeches.
    And he has blasphemed repeatedly recently.
    Yet many church folks here are quick to argue with those of us who rightly denounce the sins of Mr. Duterte.
    “We elected a president, not a pastor.”
    Prophets from Nathan to John the Baptist pointed fingers in the faces of sinful leaders who were not pastors.
    The behavior of the church leaders is dangerously close to being idolatry.

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