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"When I go to bed tonight, Steven L. Anderson is going to pray for Barack Obama to die and go to hell."
And I thought: American Taliban."I was reading Deuteronomy and I was thinking this is great! I wish I lived in this society! Man, these are great laws!"
So we know where Anderson stands, no question.We believe that the King James Bible is the word of God without error.
We believe that the unsaved will spend eternity in torment in a literal hell.
We believe only in the local church and not in a universal church.
We believe that life begins at conception (fertilization) and reject all forms of abortion, including surgical abortion, "morning-after" pills, IVF (In Vitro Fertilization), birth control pills, and all other processes that end life after conception.
We believe that homosexuality is a sin and an abomination which God punishes with the death penalty.
We oppose worldliness, modernism, formalism, and liberalism.
From Hosea:The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
And what happens to those who God hates?All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters.
Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand. When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin. Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun. Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath. The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance; he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel.
It's fair to note that the longbow in the arms of a powerful man was at least the AR-15 of that era. And here's the lesson that Anderson draws from that story:
And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many? And Joram turned his hands, and fled, and said to Ahaziah, There is treachery, O Ahaziah. And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk down in his chariot.
"Is it peace while the whoredoms and witchcrafts of the U.S. government and Barack Obama continue? While socialism takes over our country and steals the bread out of our cupboards and puts us in bondage?"
"And by the way, most everything I'm saying here applied to George W Bush. Just deal with that. It's the truth. What did he ever do to stop abortion? What did he ever do to stop the queers from taking over? No, he was promoting it. He hired more sodomites than any other president in the history of the United States. George W. Bush. He spent more money than any president in the history of the United States. He's a socialist. Period."
(After my conversation with Wald, I saw that the Southern Baptist Convention's Baptist News website features just such a repudiation by the Rev. Paul Brewster.)
"It seems to me the most effective criticism should be coming from the Baptist world. Of course, as an independent Baptist, he's pretty much the king of his own fiefdom. But just as we routinely condemn Muslims for not disavowing Muslim terrorism, we should asked pointedly what the leaders of the conservative Baptist wing are doing to challenge this particular interpretation. "
"He matters in so much as he seems to encapsulate something that a lot of Americans either didn't really focus on or didn't know existed. In that sense Pastor Anderson is a face to a set of ideas. Now, should someone related to those ideas do something really stupid, he, of course, matters even more."
"There has always been a strain, if you will, in American politics of fear and paranoia. Very often it overlaps with dogmatic, especially extremely charismatic and dogmatic religion. Many scholars have touched on a religiosity cycle in the U.S. of awakenings occurring with certain regularity. The same seems to be the case with extremism and extremist religion. Also, these movements tend to be reactionary (i.e. on the extreme right of the political spectrum) and they seek to return to idealized, and essentially imagined, golden period of the past."
"Your analogy to the Taliban, while not perfect, is useful: Pastor Anderson's ministry is based on charismatic attitudes and faith in being called -- not in specialized training. Essentially it is an appeal to ortho doxa -- right belief. . . .
"This is similar to how the extreme, reactionary Wahhabiyya Islam of the Taliban function. You have charismatic leadership, most often not formally trained, egalitarian membership -- everyone can join if they just accept this version of faith, and dogmatic assertions of precepts. The difference so far is that the Taliban decided to put theory into practice and use religiously justified force to try to capture the Afghan state and remake it in their image. This has not yet been done in any significant way by the parallel groups in the U.S."
"We're not revolutionaries. We aren't trying to overthrow the government. We are counterrevolutionaries."
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