The New American: When Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist dictatorship attempt to coopt German Christianity and mold it to support the totalitarian regime in its anti-Semitic and anti-Christian directives, many Christians, both Protestant and Catholic, resisted, even to the point of imprisonment and death.
In this case, the pope has surrendered some authority to the atheistic Chinese communist government in the selection of Catholic bishops in China. Cardinal Joseph Zen, the former bishop of Hong Kong, has expressed concern about the deal as much of the precise details are “secret.”
Zen explained, “Government officials are trying to pressure all Catholics to join the Patriotic Association [the institutional church in China that is recognized by the Chinese government].” While doing so has not been “mandated by the Vatican,” Christians in the so-called underground church [the churches that are not operating under government supervision] have refused to merge with the Patriotic Association. more …
Opinion: I am not sure I have seen a better precursor to the church at Laodicea (Rev. 3:14-22) than “the institutional church in China that is recognized by the Chinese government.”
Antichrist (Rev. 13:1) will know that after millions of Christians disappear (1 Cor. 15:51-52) he will need to create a state approved religion (Rev. 13:11) to give the illusion that the disappearances were due to something other than Jesus Christ returning for His church (1 Thess. 4:16-17).
MSN reported two days ago that “Harvard’s top astronomer says an alien spaceship may be among us”.
Once the church is gone all those who avoided studying the Scriptures, and in particular Biblical prophecy, will have no context as to what to believe.
Thanks to Leo for the MSN article