Jesus Christ the Dread Champion

Sarah Palin has been linked to Joel’s Army, an apocalyptic cult preparing to use violence to force Christianity on unbelievers.  The details are over at Orcinus, I’m just going to give you the link.  This is something to be read in its entirety.  Trust me, once you start reading, you won’t stop until you’ve finished.

The title of this blog post comes from Todd Bentley as quoted in this Southern Poverty Law Center report:

“An end-time army has one common purpose — to aggressively take ground for the kingdom of God under the authority of Jesus Christ, the Dread Champion,” Bentley declares on the website for his ministry school in British Columbia, Canada.

Theocracy by force.  Say those words out loud and contemplate what they mean for you and your family (emphasis mine):

Placing family in higher esteem than the Lord is dangerous to be sure. It’s a condition of the heart that, for the most part may go unnoticed. Not only is it the esteeming of people above the Lord, in the season of great falling away and betrayal, it will cause one to make fatally flawed decisions. As much as we dearly love and fervently pray for those around us, we must ensure that Jesus is truly our Savior AND Lord. That he is first in our life and that we will remain faithful; regardless of the consequences in the physical realm.

This is the kind of logic that leads directly to bloodshed.  Its the same logic behind children betraying their parents to fascists, this idea that loyalty to some outside authority means more than familial ties.

There are faithful who believe the end times are coming very soon.  And they are lashing out at the most unlikely scapegoats:

The battle goes far beyond the old issues such as abortion. Far and away, the issue of the hour is homosexuality, same sex marriage and the elimination of differences between sexes. Old terms such as “mom” and “dad” are being threatened with extinction. For those intent on destroying the old concept of the family; there can be no distinction between mom and dad, for there are either two moms or two dads.

The paranoia is in some cases palpable:

The enemy is determined to make those of us who believe the Bible is the only rule for faith and practice to look like fools or mentally challenged freaks not worthy of believing. The enemy hates those who faithfully and boldly stand on God’s Word. Those who do, are targeted and marked for attack. Assassin squads are daily dispatched from hell to try and trip up those who are marked. Every possible effort is made by the enemy’s minions to deceive, trick or physically injure those on his “hit list”.

Even getting to the point where Sarah Palin is a candidate for the Vice Presidency is insane.  A politician linked to a group bent on violent conversion and religious war, who says god tells her what to do, is viscerally alarming.

Its no surprise Palin’s candidacy is pushing moderates and conservatives alike to the left.


4 Responses

  1. Dread Champion? Is he into plagiarizing D&D/fantasy novels/video games? Usually the word dread implies fear, as in something to be feared, not good, harmful and eveil….

    For my money I prefer this kind of sermon:

    Then again, the Jews might be right after all:

  2. Ridiculous.
    “End times army”?

    Sure, there may be some real wingnuts out there, but that doesn’t mean that everyone who assumes that we are currently in ‘the last days’ is wrapped up in some kind of religious/political agenda.

  3. Pardon me, but a second reading begs such a comment….

    Would you mind elaborating how Timbobs words (quoted by you above) leads to ‘bloodshed’?

    To be sure, Jesus, whom Timbob was referencing, knew the bloodshed which would come of such words.

  4. brotherjohnny,
    No of course not. It is simply a belief that lends itself very readily to abuse and exploitation.

    This is the problem with relying on an authority (Bible, Priest, etc). When you make the statement that one must place authority above family members and physical consequences, that sort of logic can be used to entangle believers in religiously motivated violence. You see this in the actions of abortion clinic and suicide bombers.

    To be sure, Jesus, whom Timbob was referencing, knew the bloodshed which would come of such words.

    No, I’m not sure. Why would I be?

    The point is to recognize where there is a potential for abuse, and to work to stop the people (like Todd Bentley) who would abuse their flock’s trust (in them and in those problematic words) to incite them to violence.

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