The China government in a bid to end Christianity has put a stop to the payment of low-income Christian citizens in China who receives social welfare payments. According to a news report, these Christian citizens were ordered to abandon their faith or risk losing government support.
Bitter Winter, a watchdog who reports China persecution cases said some officials from several villages were called in April for a meeting with an order from the government to remove crosses, religious symbols and images from the homes of people of faith who receive social welfare payments and replace them with portraits of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong (1893-1976) and current President Xi Jinping.
Christian imagery were torn down in Christians homes and a picture of Zedong replaced it. Since this impoverished religious household has disobeyed the Communist Party , they have been denied money from the state.
A church house pastor speaking with Bitter Winter said officials visited his home in May and replaced a cross with a picture of Zedong. He further said that all impoverished households in the town were told to display Mao Zedong images and added that the government is trying to eliminate their belief and wants to become God instead of Jesus.
According to Bitter Winter, the policy impacts low-income religious citizens who receive government assistance and multiple cities and towns across the country had implemented the policy.
Government officials in Jiangxi province withdrew a monthly disability allowance and a living subsidy from a man who is a disabled christian.
According to the man’s wife, the officials said they they would treat them as anti-Party elements if her and her husband continued attending worship services.
A Christian woman in her 80s who lives in Jiangxi province was also reported to lost her government assistance after she said “thank God” while receiving her subsidy in January. According to her, the Communist Party expected her to praise their kindness which she did not.
A woman in her 70s who was also a victim got her government assistance cancelled by the government officials in Shangqiu city after they discovered a cross image on her door. She reported that the cross image was torn down immediately after which both her minimum living allowance and poverty alleviation subsidy were canceled. “I am being driven to a dead end. I have diabetes and need injections regularly.” She said.
One of her neighbor added that , “This little money she received from the government was her bread and butter. But it has been canceled because of a cross image, causing great harm to this woman.”