Do you want to see how the anti-Christ rule is going to affect true born-again believers? The Chinese government is telling the poor villagers to take down any pictures of Jesus and replace them with Xi in their living rooms. The government takes care of you is what they are telling them. If these poor villagers do not take down pictures of Jesus, they will not be provided for. Revelation 13 states that we will not be able to buy or sell unless you have the mark of the beast. All man-made political and religious systems apart from true born again believers will lead the masses into taking the mark. It doesn't matter whether it is communist, socialist, capitalist, mysticism, organized religion, orthodox anything...it will all lead to masses taking the mark of the beast because they have been deceived. I don't need a picture of Jesus anywhere in our home because I have Jesus in my heart, living in me with His Holy Spirit. The anti-Christ will demand honor to himself just as Xi is doing.
SOUTH CHINA POST
Want to escape poverty? Replace pictures of Jesus with Xi Jinping, Christian villagers urged
Believers urged to replace religious artefacts in their homes with posters of Communist Party leader if they want to benefit from poverty-relief efforts
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 November, 2017, 9:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 November, 2017, 2:26pm
By Nectar Gan
Thousands of Christians in an impoverished county in rural southeast China have swapped their posters of Jesus for portraits of President Xi Jinping as part of a local government poverty-relief programme that seeks to “transform believers in religion into believers in the party”.
Located on the edge of Poyang, China’s largest freshwater lake, Yugan county in Jiangxi province is known equally for its poverty and its large Christian community. More than 11 per cent of its 1 million residents live below the country’s official poverty line, while nearly 10 per cent of its population is Christian, according to official data.
But as the local government redoubles its efforts to alleviate poverty, many believers have been told to take down the images of Jesus, the crosses and the gospel couplets that form the centre pieces of their homes, and hang portraits of Xi instead – a practice that hearkens back to the era of the personality cult around late chairman Mao Zedong, whose portraits were once ubiquitous in Chinese homes.
Under Xi, the ruling Communist Party has made ending poverty by 2020 a top priority. The campaign is not only crucial to the political legacy of the country’s most powerful leader since Mao, but also serves to consolidate the party’s control over the grass roots of society, who despite their vast numbers have been largely neglected in China’s decades-long pursuit of economic growth.
In Yugan, the officially atheist party is competing for influence with Christianity, which has spread rapidly in both poor rural villages and prosperous cities since the end of the Cultural Revolution more than 40 years ago. By some estimates, Christians in China now outnumber the 90 million members of the party.
A local social media account reported over the weekend that in Yugan’s Huangjinbu township, cadres visited poor Christian families to promote the party’s poverty-relief policies and helped them solve their material problems. The officials successfully “melted the hard ice in their hearts” and “transformed them from believing in religion to believing in the party”, the report said.
As a result, more than 600 villagers “voluntarily” got rid of the religious texts and paintings they had in their homes, and replaced them with 453 portraits of Xi.
The report had disappeared on Monday afternoon, but the campaign was confirmed by villagers and local officials contacted by the South China Morning Post.