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.