Richard Land Wants Christians to Fight the Devil

Richard Land, the former head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (he was stripped of that job last year), says that Christians must remain engaged in culture war issues because we live in a country “wracked by demonic activity.”

Dr. Richard Land, President of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES—www.ses.edu), says Christians must be active participants in the culture war—standing firm against society-damaging issues such as same-sex marriage, abortion and the breakdown of family.

In fact, Land told a sold out, overflow audience of attendees at SES’s recent 20th Annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics that evangelicals must stand up and reclaim culture from a world “wracked by demonic activity” and be winners in Christ against the powers of the devil.

“We do not live in a neutral world,” Land told conference attendees during his inauguration speech as SES President. “We live in a world that is wracked with demonic activity, and evil and malignant satanic intent. We need to understand that. We are engaged in spiritual warfare. And once we become believers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we begin to march in the opposite direction of the devil.”

I’ve long joked that fundamentalist Christians think the Flintstones were a documentary because they showed men and dinosaurs living together, but they also think the Exorcist was a documentary. And this claim, that your opponents are all under the influence of demons, is, quite literally, demonizing and dehumanizing them.

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  • a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    “And this claim, that your opponents are all under the influence of demons, is, quite literally, demonizing and dehumanizing them.’

    I’ve noticed a lot of this type of rhetoric coming from the far right of late. It’s starting to sound like Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines in Rwanda before the genocide.

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    If he and his ilk do not like living in a country “wracked by demonic activity,” they are free to move somewhere else more to their liking.

  • dingojack

    “In fact, Land told a sold out, overflow audience of attendees at SES’s recent 20th Annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics …”

    Who knew you can rent a phone box*? Thanks for the info Ed!

    :) Dingo

    ———–

    * they were going to hold it in a portapotty, but every time they opened their mouths people kept flushing the shit away.

  • John Pieret

    they also think the Exorcist was a documentary

    Naw! That was about those minions of the Whore of Babylon, Catholic priests.

    REAL exorcists are Protestants wearing the Full Armor of God … oh, forget it, I can’t make it any sillier than it is.

    Now, if trying to perform exorcisms was all they did, it wouldn’t be so bad and any annoyance would be offset by the entertainment value. Unfortunately, they do a lot more than that.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Does he not notice how regularly he’s on the wrong side of an issue? Maybe he’s the one with the demons.

  • schism

    I’ve noticed a lot of this type of rhetoric coming from the far right of late.

    “Of late?” They (literally, the same people) have been saying this crap since at least the 80’s, probably longer.

  • busterggi

    “We live in a world that is wracked with demonic activity, and evil and malignant satanic intent. ”

    Now what kind of all-loving god would create such a world? Oh yeah, the one he worships.

  • cptdoom

    So if demonic activity is causing family breakdown, does that mean a demon made Mark Sanford “hike the Appalachian Trail” & Newt Gingrich spend all that money at Tiffany’s?

    they also think the Exorcist was a documentary

    Well, to be fair it was allegedly based on a true story from the 1940s, I believe.

  • sc_72717b0d8dc4053e632b6512091cef73

    “Well, to be fair it was allegedly based on a true story from the 1940s, I believe.”

    Very loosely based on a highly suspect “true story”:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exorcism_of_Roland_Doe

  • anubisprime

    It says so much about their deity, what with that deity apparently being so full of power and care for his subjects according to their boasts…full of bull crap and piss ‘n’ vinegar more like…all talkie tacky and no action, zero, zilch, nada, so apparently even less ability then any god that holds that title has a right to.

    They picked a fuckin’ bonafide lemon!…dumb is what dumb does!

  • RickR

    Shorter Land: “You have to keep voting Republican.”

  • John Hinkle

    “We do not live in a neutral world,” Land told conference attendees…

    He’s probably right. Your average fundie, who has lemons for brains, brings the pH of the world down below 7.

  • freehand

    schismI’ve noticed a lot of this type of rhetoric coming from the far right of late.

    “Of late?” They (literally, the same people) have been saying this crap since at least the 80′s, probably longer.

    I can personally affirm that they have been on about this since at least the 1950s.

  • freehand

    Modusoperandi: Does he not notice how regularly he’s on the wrong side of an issue? Maybe he’s the one with the demons.

    They cannot imagine how they look from “outside”. They never examine their claims in light of evidence, nor especially by the standards with which they judge others.

    The Fundie reads the bible as it is; the Other interprets it.

    The Fundie is victimized and martyred; the Other whines but deserves it.

    The Fundie struggles with his temptations, and with help of Jesus, wins. The Other has perverse lusts, and serves demons so he can indulge in them.

  • stripeycat

    John Pieret

    Now, if trying to perform exorcisms was all they did, it wouldn’t be so bad and any annoyance would be offset by the entertainment value. Unfortunately, they do a lot more than that.

    Some of them try to do exorcisms by beating, burning, starving, or otherwise torturing, the “possessed” victim. And if it doesn’t work, they do it some more.