Charisma magazine, the major media outlet for Pentecostal Christians–“empowering believers for a life in the Spirit”–published an article calling for genocide. The article said:
“Now the only question is how many more dead bodies will have to pile up at home and abroad before we crush the vicious seed of Ishmael in Jesus’ Name? …May we be willing to take the lesser pains now so our children won’t have to take greater pains later.”
Titled “Why I Am Absolutely Islamaphobic” by Gary Cass, the article says “every true follower of Mohammed” is out to “subjugate and murder” non-Muslims.
So… Muslims have to undergo mass conversion to Christianity or face deportation combined with forced eugenics. “Force them all to get sterilized.”
Then there’s expel them “like Spain was forced to do when they deported the Muslim Moors.”
Spain also by the way did the same thing to Jews.
Cass says expulsion probably won’t work. Thus–“really there’s only one” solution:
Violence: The only thing that is biblical and that 1,400 years of history has shown to work is overwhelming Christian just war and overwhelming self defense.
“Shown to work”???
He must mean the Crusades
“Overwhelming self defense” ???
Is the American Charismatic idea “empowering believers for a life in the spirit,” of Spirit-filled “Just War” a war against on civilian populations?
Again, the point of the article?
Now the only question is how many more dead bodies will have to pile up at home and abroad before we crush the vicious seed of Ishmael in Jesus’ Name?
Charisma took the article down after an outcry BUT WITH no retraction! And no editor resigned or was fired. (The original link goes to an ” error ” message now. It’s available at its author’s personal website).
Phil Robertson (Duck Dynasty) suffered no loss of popularity after he appeared on Sean Hannity saying America should “convert them or kill them” re ISIS and Muslims I take it.
Last time I checked Charismatic Christians say they believe in the Bible. Therein lies the problem.
It’s tough to rehabilitate the judgmental misanthropic spirit of Divine Pettiness who commands no beard trimming, “lest the land vomit you also out when you defile it,” as The-God-Of-The-Bible says. “For whoever commits any of these abominations, the persons who commit them shall be cut off from among their people” (Leviticus 18:24).
What’s more, The-God-Of-The-Bible doesn’t seem terribly concerned with being sensible (let alone nice) when issuing His long lists of Dos and Don’ts: Don’t clip your beard or defile yourself with menstrual blood, but Do help yourselves to slaves, and have your way with them:
“You may buy male and female slaves from among the nations that are around you. You may also buy from among the strangers who sojourn with you and their clans that are with you, who have been born in your land, and they may be your property. You may bequeath them to your sons after you to inherit as a possession forever. You may make slaves of them, but over your brothers the people of Israel you shall not rule, one over another ruthlessly” (Leviticus 25;40–45).
“When the Lord thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; and when the Lord thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them.” —Deuteronomy 7:1-2
ISIS is foremost a threat to other Muslims. That being the case maybe Bible believers should join and replicate their God’s command to kill!
Charisma magazine is in good company. In the Book of 1 Samuel, God instructs King Saul to attack the Amalekites:
“And utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them,” God speaks through the prophet Samuel and says, “But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.”
When Saul fails to murder enough women and children, God removes his kingdom. Saul has committed a dreadful sin. He failed to complete genocide.
If to be a Christian is to believe and follow the Bible literally, then maybe ISIS is a Christian organisation. It’s getting the genocide part right.
But wait, I thought Jesus changed all that? Jesus was many things but not an evangelical Christian. Every time Jesus talked about his “bible” (the Torah) he undermined his scriptures and erred on the side of non-judgmental co-suffering love.
So maybe Charisma magazine hates Jesus and is working tirelessly to destroy his reputation. Jesus put love ahead of following a very flawed book.
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