John Edward Birtwhistle, 77, changed his name by deed poll to that of the Messiah after realising he had ‘healing powers’ and that he was the son of God in a past life.
Despite claiming to have the extraordinary ability to heal people, Mr Christ is still struggling with shingles.
Mr Christ started believing he was heaven-sent in 1986 when people unexpectedly started calling him Jesus.
The pensioner, who was then running a B&B, was sceptical of the holy name at first, but changed his mind after helping someone who had a sore neck.Mr Christ said,
‘One day, out of the blue, a customer came in and went down on one knee and called me Jesus.’
‘Then it happened again within the same week. I was called Jesus by a lady and I said “I’m not”.
I thought, “what’s happening here?” I couldn’t understand it.
‘Things started to happen like healing. I thought I’ve never done that before in my life. One of my customers was coming down the stairs and fell. He really badly injured his neck. So I went over and I just put my hands on him and said: “Are you alright, I hope you’re not hurt”.
‘He said “No, I’m alright now”. It must have damaged his neck and it went straight right away. I thought this is strange. They’re calling me Jesus and this person fell down the stairs, injured his neck badly and this healing took place instantly. I thought there must be something in this.’
Ten years later, in 1996, he changed his name by deed poll to Jesus Christ. Mr Christ has been suffering from some health problems in recent years but says he will not let them stand in his way.
He has been suffering from shingles since 2013 and also had a stroke two years ago. Mr Christ said,
‘I got shingles because of the stress.’
‘I was frightened of losing my eye because it was so bad but they operated and saved it. But I’m still taking the tablets.
‘I’m trying to get off these pills but it’s up to the force. It’s the force of nature,’ he added.
Mr Christ has been the victim of hateful attacks since changing his name, but has no plans to stop doing what he believes is God’s work.
‘People spat at me, shouted at me. I’ve had people get hold of me and shake me. It’s not nice. They didn’t like my name. They hated it.
‘I don’t have any friends. They talk nice to your face but stab you in the back when you’re not looking.’
The grandfather-of-two plans to run to become MP in Burnley, currently a Labour seat, at the next election.
He has drawn up his own manifesto of policies including weekly bin collections, free bus passes for over-60s, scrapping the TV licence and children being taught at home by their parents. Mr Christ said,
‘People are fed up with politicians. The first past the post system is wrong. Nigel Farage’s UKIP received three million votes but they didn’t get a single MP into Parliament.’
‘In time, I’m hoping to get the power in Parliament to change things.
‘Two thousand years ago I went against the government. I told them who I was, what I was here for and that the people were going to have a better life. They got rid of me because I went against the government. They crucified me.
‘I’m hoping by 2020 I’ll be in a position to stand.’
Speaking about the future, he said:
‘There will be more violence and climate change coming. We mustn’t get involved in wars because we will be destroyed ourselves. We must stay out. We shouldn’t have gone into Syria.
‘Things are getting really bad. There’s a lot of violence in the world. It’s not going to be nice. It’s going to escalate.
‘People are killing people in the streets. I’m not a violent person. I’m a very quiet person.
‘The message is in the commandments. If you break one commandment, you’ve got a debt.
‘You get debts in life and you’ve got to be careful you don’t build that up. People lie, they cheat, they don’t realise that they’re being monitored in the spirit world. You have got to clear yourself.’
Source: DailyMail UK