Before he turned into a professional Trump lickspittle, Rodney Howard-Browne was the Christian con man behind the “holy laughter” revival at his church in Lakeland, Florida. For those of you not familiar with holy laughter, here’s a video of it happening at his church when it began back in the mid-90s.
This has been condemned as a heresy by the Southern Baptist Convention and many other Christian groups and it is something that only ever caught on, temporarily, in Pentecostal and other charismatic churches. Howard-Browne says all those people who condemn it are going to hell.
In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus warns that any sin can be forgiven except for blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which Howard-Browne asserted is exactly what his critics are doing.
“That’s a full-blown attack on the Holy Spirit,” he said. “I’m telling you right now, they’re blaspheming the Holy Ghost. Jesus said, ‘Whatever is said against me will be forgiven, whatever is said against my Father will be forgiven, but whatever is said against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, not in this world or the world to come.’”“Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is when you attribute the work of the Holy Spirit to the work of a demon spirit,” Howard-Browne added. “I feel very sorry for some people because whey they cross over into eternity, they are going to realize that they crossed so many lines.”
“Jesus used to baptize in the Holy Spirit,” he said, “so anyone who attacks the Holy Spirit and His movings and His workings are antichrist. They are attacking the very ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ himself.”
A classic misdirection technique used by so many Christians. Critics of holy laughter are not, of course, attacking the Holy Spirit, they are attacking his claim that this comes from the Holy Spirit (the Christians, that is; I’m attacking both, if you consider “there is no such thing as the holy spirit” to be an attack). So I guess that settles it, I’m going to hell. The good news, though, is that I won’t have to hang around with con men like Rodney Howard-Browne or his incredibly gullible and easily manipulated followers. But I’m a bit annoyed that I’ll apparently have to keep dealing with Baptists after I die.