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Nightmare Fuel: The 300 Christian Coalition

March 21, 2011

For months now, we [Right Wing Watch] have been chronicling how self-described prophets and apostles have been merging 7 Mountains/Dominionism with “mainstream” Religious Right activism … and increasingly the man at the center of this appears to be the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins.

Inthis video of Perkins, Rick Joyner, Jerry Boykin and Frank Turek discussing the importance of Christians getting deeply involved in politics.Perkins explains the absolute necessity of getting Christians into all levels of government while Boykin compared Christians today to the Spartan army and quoted King Leonidas by declaring “molon labe” [“come and get them”] when he and his army were told to lay down their weapons.

Likewise, Boykin declared “molon labe,” stating that he will not be silenced and challenged those in Washington who are out to take his liberties, rob his grandchildren, and destroy America to just try to take them from him.

Finally, Joyner announced that Christians have more than enough people to take control, but they need to bind together and, as such, would soon be unveiling coalition called “300”:

This is literally one of the scariest things I could imagine for America. Here’s Joyner explaining his take on the recent earthquake in Japan: it will release demonic Nazi demons!

Yep, that just happened. He actually just said that.

I can’t even fathom how this guy got in charge of a church… can you imagine him, or someone with similar views running a government?

That my friends is the definition of a nightmare, and the mere thought is nightmare fuel…

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris E permalink
    March 21, 2011 9:26 am

    Whats suprising is not that he talks nonsense – but that there are thousands of Christians willing to consider him seriously even after he talks nonsense.

  2. March 21, 2011 10:09 am

    I was waiting for this to happen, I just didn’t expect it from Joyner. His rhetoric makes me think he’s still fighting for manifest destiny, it is really all about America. That is almost as scary to me as the rest of his message. I think I’ll hide under a rock about now.

  3. WenatcheeTheHatchet permalink
    March 21, 2011 1:03 pm

    Why not anticipate it from Joyner since post Third Stream charismatic theology influenced by premillenial pretribulational dispensationalist eschatology has been going into this peculiar fusion of civic religion and doomsday predictions for the last twenty years even without charismatic theology as a fuel? Joyner just officially said the stuff I figured he was going to say at some point which is why I’ve been mostly ignoring him since 1997 when someone sent me one of his books.

    America first is a goal in civic religion and sincere religion that will keep showing up in American Christian thought. Even Frank Schaeffer (who should know better) manager to make the same mistake regarding Obama’s candidacy. The religious right have simply taken up the idea of reengineering society in a way comparable to what the religious left did in an earlier century. The Manifest Destiny side of things is, as I see it, the main thing rather than the actual doctrinal stuff for a lot of American Christians. It doesn’t matter if the political leaning is right (Robertson) or sort of left (Frank Schaeffer or Michael Moore); it doesn’t matter if it’s premillenial dispensationalists (probably Joyner) or postmillenial historicist (more the direction of Doug Wilson), to the extent that the goal is to get America “back on track” is the problem itself.

    Now at another level folks should chill. Haven’t we been made aware that what happened in Germany in the 1920s and 30s “could happen here” since as far back as the Milgram experiment? Conservative Christians and conservatives have only changed their tune to the extent that they are more ostentatiously saying that “it’s happening now” instead of just saying “it could happen here”. Left and right have been accusing each other of doing this so consistently over the last twenty years I don’t take the shrill freaking out of either side seriously anymore. The sky is falling, the other politicians are going to take away your civil liberties and all that. The America first subtext behind American charismatic teaching, but especially it’s post Latter Rain variants are some of the reasons I bailed on the Pentecostal/charismatic movement almost 20 years ago. Let’s not act as though this is actually anything new. I heard a self-described charismatic prophet say in 1993 that by 1997 California would sink into the sea because of its evil. That didn’t happen. We already know most of these predictions are not reliable and the rhetoric to motivate folks for political action isn’t that different on left or right where America worshipping Christian civic religion goes.

    • Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
      March 23, 2011 4:18 pm

      The sky is falling, the other politicians are going to take away your civil liberties and all that.

      And “If You Don’t Gimme Money NOW The World Will End and It’ll All Be Your Fault!”

  4. Jon Hendry permalink
    March 21, 2011 6:14 pm

    Interesting that there are four of them.

    I wonder if they’ve paired up, Greek-style?

  5. Chris E permalink
    March 21, 2011 7:14 pm

    If you really want to unpick these ravings, this is a good source:

    All in there – Joyner’s secret squirrel Nazi friend – his investiture into some Knights of Malta group (albeit not the SMOM), how the demons plan to invade through Obamacare etc.

    • Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
      March 23, 2011 4:16 pm

      “Secret Squirrel Nazi Friend” — Do you have any idea WHAT image that brings to mind for an old cartoon fan?

      “How the demons plan to invade through Obamacare” — Well, my sister-in-law claimed my bout with depression last year was due to a Demon invading my home through a picture I bought at the FurCon 2010 Art Show and tried to refer me to somebody “who knows Spiritual Warfare”; if a Demon can piggyback on a pinup pic of a cobra-woman in a white dress, why not on Obamacare?

      • Chris E permalink
        March 23, 2011 4:48 pm

        To be precise:

        “Bird often explained how the evil spirit of death that took over Germany gained entry through its health care system. Now it is easy to see what he was talking about in what is being proposed by the Obama Administration.”

  6. Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
    March 22, 2011 2:56 pm

    I can’t even fathom how this guy got in charge of a church… can you imagine him, or someone with similar views running a government?

    I can. It’s happened before. In Afghanistan and China and Iran and Cambodia. Whenever Ideology Redefines Reality, and it doesn’t matter whether that Pure Ideology started out as a religion or not. Especially when that Pure Ideology is married to a Grand Unified Conspiracy Theory (whether the Conspiracy is Capitalism, Infidels, or Satan). The effect is the same.

    • Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
      March 23, 2011 4:10 pm

      Second try:

      I can’t even fathom how this guy got in charge of a church… can you imagine him, or someone with similar views running a government?

      Ever heard of Muammar Ghadafi?
      Of recent “Brown Turban Speech” fame?

      • March 24, 2011 10:34 am

        LOL! Yes I guess Muammar would blow my skepticism out of the water! What bat-sh*t crazy would look like when it ran a country: Ghadafi!

  7. Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
    March 22, 2011 2:58 pm

    Note the name: 300 Christian Coalition (TM).

    THIS! IS! SPARTA!!!!!!!”

    • WenatcheeTheHatchet permalink
      March 22, 2011 4:30 pm

      And I’ll wager most of them didn’t actually read Frank Miller’s comic book. 🙂

      • Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
        March 23, 2011 4:09 pm

        Of course not. That’s not a Pop Culture Icon, just crap for comic book geeks.

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