Russian Church Leader: Antichrist is Controlling Humans Through Smartphones
Head of the Orthodox Church warns of digital human slavery
The human race's dependency on digital devices such as smartphones and tablets will 'result in the coming of the Antichrist,' according to a stark warning from the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Church leader, Patriarch Kirill, issued a warning to state media that the Antichrist will control the 'entire human race' using technology and gadgets such as the internet, and smartphones.
Patriarch Kirill warned that people might be 'falling into slavery' of smartphones, highlighting the dependence of technology may catastrophic for the human race.
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Kirill made the comments in his Christmas Day message, which is celebrated on January 7 by Orthodox Christians.
"Control from a single point is a harbinger of the coming of the Antichrist," he told the Russian state-run Rossiya-1 TV network.
"The Antichrist is a personality that will be at the head of the world wide web controlling the entire human race. Thus, the structure itself presents a danger."
Kirill, whose real name is Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev, has previously made provocative statements on the causes of evil in the modern world.
He once suggested that ISIS was created as a result of the world accepting homosexuality.
— Улыбнитесь, сейчас вылетит Антихрист pic.twitter.com/VYsk0AQCj3— Michael Avrinsky (@gsl2k10) January 8, 2019
The Patriarch also suggested that priests being silenced for voicing concerns over homosexuality was similar to that of Nazi Germany.
"The trend of legalizing “gay marriage” is “a very dangerous sign of the apocalypse.” It “means people are choosing a path of self-destruction,” he stated.
The French government recently banned smartphones and tablets from schools for all children until the age of 15 under new legislation in /September.
The law was voted through Parliament made it illegal for a child to be in possession of a connected device while at school.
The phone ban will apply to all students in France up to the age of 15 over concerns for children's well-being when using devices for increased periods.
Apple also crumbled under pressure from the Chinese state media and pulled 25,000 apps from its App Store in China.
According to the WSJ, Apple was fiercely criticized by Chinese news outlets for "not doing enough to filter banned content and applications" like illegal gambling apps.
Apple currently offers 1.8 million apps in China, but the recent removals equated to 1.4% of the total.