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China: Changing the Ten Commandments

Digital rendition. Photo by Bob Fu

Previous posts have told about China’s new stricter laws for churches.  Some churches have been forced to replace their crosses with the state flag and a photo of China’s president.

Late last year, officials in one of China’s provinces dropped by a church to search and inspect it. One officer stopped at the pulpit where the Ten Commandments were displayed. He demanded that the first commandment be removed, then he crossed it out.

Officials told everyone who complained, “The president opposes this statement.”

To Talk About
*What is the first of the Ten Commandments? (See Exodus 20:3.)
*King Darius had Daniel thrown into a lions’ den because Daniel put God before the king. Read what Darius said in Daniel 6:25-26. Can you think of other situations in which someone replaced false beliefs with the truth about God?
*Do some research and find out the name of the president of China. What will you pray for him?


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