Garlow and Fischer Bond Over Shared Theocratic Views

Bryan Fischer brought self-declared “prophet of God” Jim Garlow on his radio show this week and the two of them bonded over their shared preference for turning American into not only a Christian theocracy, but the type of Christian theocracy they personally want (the meanest, dumbest, most totalitarian one possible, of course).

During the course of the conversation, the two men began discussing the effort being led by radical Christian nationalist David Lane to recruit 1,000 pastors to run for political office, which Garlow proclaimed was an absolute necessity because the true purpose of government is to function as “a minister of God.”

“If you live in a constitutional republic or a democracy, as we do,” Garlow said, “that means it behooves us as followers of Christ to make sure our government functions for the purpose for which it was created, specifically to be the minister of God…. We are in a constitutional republic where we the people determine what our government is and so consequently, as followers of Christ, we’re commanded to be involved and to make sure the government functions as a minister of God.”

Using democracy as a way to institute a theocracy? Where have I heard that before? Oh yeah, from Christian Reconstructionist Gary North:

So let us be blunt about it: we must use the doctrine of religious liberty to gain independence for Christian schools until we train up a generation of people who know that there is no religious neutrality, no neutral law, no neutral education, and no neutral civil government. Then they will get busy in constructing a Bible-based social, political and religious order which finally denies the religious liberty of the enemies of God.

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  • abb3w

    @-2, Garlow:

    make sure our government functions for the purpose for which it was created, specifically to be the minister of God

    Where is that specified in to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity?

  • grumpyoldfart

    How many Americans are ever going to go along with that idea? Fifty million? 100 million tops.

  • dcmweed

    As President Obama pointed out the other day, only about 30% of eligible voters voted in 2014. And remember only about half of the nation’s eligible adults actually get themselves eligible to vote. So that 30% of eligible voters actually represents around 15% of adults. Under those circumstances you only need 7.6% of adults to win an election. Could the theocrats gin up enough anger and money to get to 7.6%?

  • D. C. Sessions

    How many Americans are ever going to go along with that idea? Fifty million? 100 million tops.

    Five is enough.

  • johnhodges

    If “the Constitution is based on the Bible”, and “the government is to serve as the minister of God”, then the government (presumably the courts, but possibly some board or commission in the Executive branch) would have to decide what “real”Christianity consists of. Doesn’t the Creator of the Universe specify the death penalty for doing any work whatsoever on the Sabbath? And when is the Sabbath, anyway? Did the Catholic Church really have the authority to change it from Saturday to Sunday? Do these pro-theocracy folks really want the government deciding such things?

  • dingojack

    Didn’t someone say :”…My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.”

    Perhaps Fischer of men or the Great Prophet Garlow could tell me who that might be?


  • llewelly


    How many Americans are ever going to go along with that idea? Fifty million? 100 million tops.

    If you believe this Public Policy Polling poll , 57% of Republicans want a theocracy. Arguably it’s skewed to the right, becuase it’s a poll of likely Republican primary voters, but 57% is still a lot.

  • dugglebogey

    So if the government becomes the church, can we get rid of all the ACTUAL churches? Because that would be nice.

  • John Pieret

    The Constitution: We had to destroy it in order to save it.

  • Trebuchet

    @7: 57%? I’m actually surprised it’s that low.

  • thebookofdave

    Why are they going through all the trouble of installing ministers of god in public office? They are already in place. It’s right there in Romans 13:1-4. Fischer and Garlow are only chasing their tails.

  • Michael Heath

    Trebuchet writes:

    57%? I’m actually surprised it’s that low.

    Please don’t forget conservative Christians are reality deniers; where a lot of them claim to revere the Constitutional while falsely proclaiming themselves as the primary defender. That while also practicing and advocating Christianism.

    From that perspective and like you, I expect far more than 57% of the GOP promote more theocracy. That while being surprised so many are openly advocating such.