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October 15th, 2011
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My Take: Are evangelicals dangerous?

Editor's Note: R. Albert Mohler, Jr., is president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world.

By R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Special to CNN

Here we go again.

Every four years, with every new presidential election cycle, public voices sound the alarm that the evangelicals are back. What is so scary about America’s evangelical Christians?

Just a few years ago, author Kevin Phillips told intellectual elites to run for cover, claiming that well-organized evangelicals were attempting to turn America into a theocratic state. In “American Theocracy,” Phillips warned of the growing influence of Bible-believing, born-again, theologically conservative voters who were determined to create a theocracy.

Writer Michelle Goldberg, meanwhile, has warned of a new Christian nationalism, based in “dominion theology.” Chris Hedges topped that by calling conservative Christians “American fascists.”

And so-called New Atheists like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris claim that conservative Christians are nothing less than a threat to democracy. They prescribe atheism and secularism as the antidotes.

This presidential cycle, the alarms have started earlier than usual. Ryan Lizza, profiling Rep. Michele Bachmann for The New Yorker, informed his readers that “Bachmann belongs to a generation of Christian conservatives whose views have been shaped by institutions, tracts, and leaders not commonly known to secular Americans, or even to most Christians.”

Change just a few strategic words and the same would be true of Barack Obama or any other presidential candidate. Every candidate is shaped by influences not known to all and by institutions that other Americans might find strange.

What stories like this really show is that the secular elites assume that their own institutions and leaders are normative.

The New Yorker accused Bachmann of being concerned with developing a Christian worldview, ignoring the fact that every thinking person operates out of some kind of worldview. The article treated statements about wifely submission to husbands and Christian influence in art as bizarre and bellicose.

When Rick Perry questioned the theory of evolution, Dawkins launched into full-on apoplexy, wondering aloud how anyone who questions evolution could be considered intelligent, even as polls indicate that a majority of Americans question evolution.

Bill Keller, then executive editor of The New York Times, topped all the rest by seeming to suggest that conservative Christians should be compared to those who believe in space aliens. He complained that “when it comes to the religious beliefs of our would-be presidents, we are a little squeamish about probing too aggressively.”

Really? Earlier this month, comedian Penn Jillette - a well–known atheist - wrote a very serious op-ed complaining of the political influence of “bugnut Christians,” in the pages of The Los Angeles Times, no less. Detect a pattern here?

By now, this is probably being read as a complaint against the secular elites and prominent voices in the mainstream media. It’s not.

If evangelicals intend to engage public issues and cultural concerns, we have to be ready for the scrutiny and discomfort that comes with disagreement over matters of importance. We have to risk being misunderstood - and even misrepresented - if we intend to say anything worth hearing.

Are evangelicals dangerous? Well, certainly not in the sense that more secular voices warn. The vast majority of evangelicals are not attempting to create a theocracy, or to oppose democracy.

To the contrary, evangelicals are dangerous to the secularist vision of this nation and its future precisely because we are committed to participatory democracy.

As Christians committed to the Bible, evangelicals have learned to advocate on behalf of the unborn, believing that every single human being, at every stage of development, is made in God’s image.

Evangelicals worry about the fate of marriage and the family, believing that the pattern for human relatedness set out in Scripture will lead to the greatest human flourishing.

We are deeply concerned about a host of moral and cultural issues, from how to address poverty to how to be good stewards of the earth, and on some of these there is a fairly high degree of disagreement even among us.

Above all, evangelicals are those who believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and are most concerned about telling others about Jesus. Most of America’s evangelical Christians are busy raising their children, working to support their families and investing energy in their local churches.

But over recent decades, evangelical Christians have learned that the gospel has implications for every dimension of life, including our political responsibility.

We’re dangerous only to those who want more secular voices to have a virtual monopoly in public life.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Opinion • Politics

soundoff (5,318 Responses)
  1. ONE NATION UNDER GOD

    A nation hat obeys GOD has HIS blessing.

    October 16, 2011 at 6:53 am |
    • comanchesue

      You do know, don't you, that the "under god" was added to the pledge in the 1950's and is not part of how our nation was founded?

      October 16, 2011 at 8:21 am |
  2. Radu

    America was build on Christian values. As a Christian, I believe Abortion is bad. Everybody who is not against it, think about this question: If your mama decided to do abortion when she had you? Think about it....
    If that baby wants to live ?
    Everybody has rights and freedom in this country, what about the little ones? Who is protecting them?They should have rights like we do. In the biology a cell represents LIFE.....
    That means abortion is killing a LIFE (Cell)

    October 16, 2011 at 6:51 am |
    • jemzinthekop

      Can you please explain that slave owning part and where that fit into Christian values? How about Jim Crow laws? Death Penalty? Global Warfare and tampering in internal affairs of other nations?

      America was founded on hypocrisy and continues to operate in the same fashion. If "Christ" was walking this earth he would be neither a Republican nor an Evangelical.... both are walking hypocrisies just like this ridiculous notion that America was founded on anything other than the escape of European financial and political control.

      October 16, 2011 at 6:58 am |
    • akmike64

      A miscarriage does the same thing, you know.

      October 16, 2011 at 7:04 am |
    • W.G.

      to jemzinthekop- All these things you mentioned Jim crow , slavery , death penalty . Real Christians have been
      fighting against these things for years . Are you suggesting that all terrorists are muslims?? Or all Buddhists
      must kill muslims ? Christianity has been there when the world needed help , floods , earthquakes .....
      America is not perfect but you can be a muslim there if you wanto be , can you say the same thing in
      Mecca or a lot of islamic countries ? While America is not perfect it´s still the most free country in the world .

      October 16, 2011 at 7:44 am |
  3. Mike Hipp

    1. A fetus is not a person.
    2. There is no god.
    3. You're deluded and dangerous
    4. You won't take over my country.

    October 16, 2011 at 6:50 am |
    • W.G.

      To mikehipp _ A fetus is not a human being ?? A growing , sucking it´s thumb turning around little babay is not a Human Being ?
      As if passing a "barrier" the Mothers womb automatically gives it life ? Hahaha! do you believe the world is still flat ?
      I tried a few decades agao and poured some coal on the ground and some water over it and do you know to this day NOTHINGS happened ? Of course there is a God just by studying the odds for our planet to exists and all the evidence
      against it proves it . America started on the premise of being a Christian country but not a theocracy . We as real christians are OK with that . But honestly I´m a little worried about you and your fellow self righteous atheist If i´m wrong I have´nt lost anything , in your case eternity is to long to be wrong .

      October 16, 2011 at 7:09 am |
  4. jmarklane

    Classic relativism. We all have a "worldview", therefore we all should accept all "worldviews." Or at least mine. Right? It can't be lack of intelligence to "question evolution", because a "majority of Americans" question evolution.

    I should be surprised that anyone with such weak intellectual skills and such cheap logic could manage to acquire a national voice. But I'm not. In fact, this article is a perfect example of why these idiots are dangerous: they're stupid, yet they are somehow on the national stage. Not only stupid, but seriously uninformed, seriously misguided, seriously twisted.

    But let them keep talking.... That's how they will self-destruct. Bachmann, Palin, Perry...all way too dumb to get through a national campaign. Thankfully.

    October 16, 2011 at 6:48 am |
    • Joe

      Relativism is at the heart of our political structure. If the American government was in the business of determining who is philosophically or theologically correct we'd have much bigger issues. The author's point isn't to convert you to his religion, it's to demonstrate that people who follow his religion have a place in government.

      October 16, 2011 at 6:56 am |
    • W.G.

      To jmarklane – Yes lets let only atheist speak and lead the world ! Pol pot . "OH! Wait a minute did´nt he kill millions and millions of people ? Wait a minute I know ! Stalin ... no he killed untold millions of people . Oh ! Oh! I know Mao ! Nope ... he killed millions also .. Oh Hitler ? No he killed millions also . Geee ... I guess the religion of atheism is just as blood thirsty as what SOMEpeople called Christianity . But REAL CHRISTIANITY is not like that at all . Catholicism WAS responsible for atrocities not Christianity . Whenever there´s a major flood or tragedy in the world it´s not the "wide world of Atheist "
      that come a running or muslims or any other False religion , it´s always people that believe what their Lord and God
      said "Do unto them what you would have them do unto you " Christians .

      October 16, 2011 at 7:34 am |
  5. Wolf

    I don't have a problem with evangelicals in general. I have a problem when they interface with the world and forget their teachings. Tolerance, forgiveness, and understanding were Christ's teachings. Intolerance, hatred, and fire and brimstone come from the other place.
    Ghandi often has it right: "Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

    October 16, 2011 at 6:43 am |
    • W.G.

      to wolf – Gandhi had considered becoming a christian but it was a religious person that turned him against it . The Bible
      never says anywhere to be tolerant or understanding of sin . People like you that have never opened a the Bible
      always think of God as some galactic sandeled hippy skipping his way among the stars shouting "LOVE ,LOVE .....".
      God IS a god of Love but also a God of Justice . Jesus commented on the fact that there was a hell time and time again .
      God , we believe so loved us that he sent His only Son to die (justice) for us (Love) . Do you know anybody that would
      let their Son pay the fine for a drug addict or a murderer or a thief or ...... ..... I do , God .

      October 16, 2011 at 7:22 am |
  6. markjuliansmith

    Faith provides Secular and Religious Certainty the Greater the Certainty the Greater the Danger to Humanity. Foundation text kills and is killing as we speak. Answer your question?

    Answer regards resolving this – in fact I think the only way: do a search on "The Simple Answer to Ending the Terror – Plato Knew it years Ago Why have we not Understood?"

    Are evangelicals dangerous? Not only to Others but to themselves because of their Foundation text – see where a catholic man puled his eyes out in church in Italy.

    October 16, 2011 at 6:40 am |
    • W.G.

      to mark smith Oh c´mon ! Your basing your opinion on a crazie who pulled his eye out ? Well then it´s fair game
      to say how secularism or rather lets be honest ATHEISM has been a terror against humanity , the worlds greatest
      murderers were atheist , hitler , stalin , pol pot , mao . they murdered millions upon millions . But REAL Christians
      Real believers in Christ have always been there for the world in it´s time of tragedies . Where were the muslims or the buddhists or any other religion . You keep mixing false religions and false Christian sects with REAL CHRISTIANITY .

      October 16, 2011 at 6:58 am |
    • akmike64

      WG, you are being disingenuous in the extreme. By your definition, anyone who is evil is not Christian, therefore Christians are never evil. That is the same as maintaining that Jesus was God, because the Christian bible says so. The bible was assembled by men of the Church, not God, to reinforce their growing power in Rome and the Holy land. Jesus, assuming the stories are at least partly true, was a devout Jew, not a newly minted "christian" trying to start a new religion that violated the first commandment.

      October 16, 2011 at 7:16 am |
    • SomeoneOutHere

      "As Christians committed to the Bible, evangelicals have learned to advocate on behalf of the unborn, believing that every single human being, at every stage of development, is made in God’s image"

      In the bible, life doesn't begin until birth, "breathe with nostrils". The unborn is considered a part of the woman's "body function", like a heart or a lung. Until the unborn breathes on it's own, it is not a "person" until it does.

      Taking a stance that life begins at conception is anti-Xtian because it is a scientic view, not a bibilcal view.

      October 16, 2011 at 7:17 am |
    • W.G.

      to akmike 64 – No Mike please do not put words in my mouth . Believe me Christians are not perfect . By NO means .
      If you ever studied the Bible I mean really studied not just sat there bored to tears during religion class in a catholic
      or christian high school or were forced to sit there by a well meaning parent on a sunday morning when you´d rather be at home asleep . I mean really studied the Bible where it shows Jesus´s coming foretold thousands of years before he
      came into the world and how he lived up to all the qualifications . Yes he was a Jew , He had to be it was one of the requirements another one was foretold in Isaiah53:3 (the Jewish part of the Bible ) . If you think God was not involved
      in the process of what would go into the Bible you are very wrong . First off The Christians were not considered Jewish anymore but they kept the Old testament (the Jewish part of the Bible) and they discounted stuff that the apostles did´nt
      write like the gnostic gospels that were not compatible with the rest of the Bible . Look in Genesis where God is talking to
      Jesus and the Holy Spirit whe talking about making man in Our Image . He´s the same God . it´s not as the muslims or Jews
      say 1+ 1+1 = 3 . It´s 1x1x1= 1

      October 16, 2011 at 8:16 am |
  7. miscreantsall

    Yeah…what's wrong with them? I think every unwanted child should be placed in THEIR home and they should be forced to provide a happy home at their expense. That can prevent all abortions.

    Oh, and also if they commit any kind of fornication or adultery (even in their mind)…..they should be put to death.

    I could go on…………I got lots of solutions.

    🙂

    October 16, 2011 at 6:40 am |
  8. Phil

    What is so scary about America's evangelical Christians? They peach ignorance and put of false facts to promote their point of view. How could we have elected a President (Bush) who claimed to speak to God, and also claim that the Earth was only 3000 years old? Science is fact, religion is belief ... most of that being fantasy. There is no room for that kind of garbage when it comes to running a nation and a planet. Mind you, keep your religious beliefs, but just keep them in YOUR church and your home. My God does not come even close to yours, and I see no reason to allow yours to run my nation, discriminate against women and gays, and start wars all over the planet. Please worship him at your church, and confine him there.

    October 16, 2011 at 6:37 am |
  9. cl78

    I'm more afraid of christians than I am of muslims. At least muslims tell you they are going to destroy you. christians first tell you they love you before inserting the knife in you. both are dangerous but I respect islam more for being honest.

    October 16, 2011 at 6:37 am |
    • coolg

      How many times in the quran, the word "love" is mentioned ?
      ZERO.
      What more can you expect

      October 16, 2011 at 6:46 am |
    • Radu

      If you like muslims, you should go in there country.....

      October 16, 2011 at 7:03 am |
  10. CarolSong

    Gee golly gosh... Do you suppose it's because evangelicals think those who don't believe are going to hell that makes others uncomfortable? All we need are some quotes from the pulpits around this country from the evangelicals on a regular basis. i grew up this way and call myself a recovering fundamentalist. Revenge, judgment, sin, God can't even look at you stuff creates love how? I'm sick of it sick of it sick of it. Actively promoting others to someone's belief is fanaticism. I wish the lot of you would stay in your churches and leave the rest of us alone.

    October 16, 2011 at 6:36 am |
    • Joe

      You want me to agree with you that Christians are a problem and you're actively trying to persuade me of this. By your definition that makes you a fanatic.

      October 16, 2011 at 6:42 am |
  11. unowhoitsme

    Religion is a cult, which is a danger to all people. It draws blind and vulnerable people in, then destroys their brains and lives.

    October 16, 2011 at 6:33 am |
  12. philip

    God exists. God loves you. God sent his son to die in place of you. Our sin makes this world a foul place, but, regardless, God sent his son to die and bear the punishment of all sins. Jesus really walked on this earth. He was more than a man. I have studied God's universe (chemistry specifically), and it is apparent that it is beautifully crafted. I am a scientist that does not agree with the IMPLICATIONS of evolution (a naturalistic universe).

    I know my comment will probably result in comments like "yea, and youbelieev in an invisible man in the sky!! lololol"

    However, you know and I know, that the question is not that simple. The beauty and complexity of nuclear chemistry, DNA, enyzme activities and embryonic development stages (that all the examples I can think of....[sarcasm]) can be shooed away by naturalistic mechanisms...but I feel like that given the choice between naturalism or intelligent design there is an overwhelming compass shift towards a brilliant creator. I will give you probability. I could have happened that way! But it seems to me that it takes more faith to have this universe create itself out of nothing.

    Science is not infallible. The scientific method itself is manmade. Scientists have agendas. No one can be perfectly objective. Newton, Kepler, Galileo (who was persecuted by competing scholars and Aristotelians NOT THE CHURCH!) understood our universe for what it was, a beautiful piece of art made by a loving God. There is much hurt in this world. Allow God's love to wash over you, for he earnestly desires you... his creation.

    October 16, 2011 at 6:29 am |
    • jay

      Sorry I am not a robot. I like my independence brain.

      October 16, 2011 at 6:34 am |
    • Saturn

      Early scientists believed in God because they had no reason not to. They had not yet discovered anything that conflicted with their religious beliefs. But we have discovered such things, and the more we discover, the stronger and stronger the evidence gets for a naturalistic origin of life on earth.

      If you are truly a scientist, then you know that the scientific process at its core has nothing to do with belief, or with faith. Do scientific laws stop applying because you refuse to believe in them? Of course not. The strength of science is that it is independent of such things.

      As a result, you cannot simply pick and choose which findings of science you will accept and which you will reject. It does not work that way. To do so is to reject the scientific process, and science as a whole. If that is your choice, then so be it... but don't cling to a faith in creationism while still claiming to be respect science. You cannot have it both ways.

      October 16, 2011 at 6:59 am |
    • Cajun_Dude

      It is a tribute to the agility of human brains that Bachman, Palin, Perry and other republican candidates can claim this evangelical purity, knowing god, blah, blah... Yet simultaneously be able to completely discount any moral compulsion to assist the poor with health care. Eliminating Social Security will result in one of two things happening:
      Starvation or begging by seniors who are too old to work or even drive.
      Seniors refusing to retire, because retirement means death without SS or Medicare. The disenfranchisement of the old, poor and weak is the Republican version of Darwinism that they revile so much in church.

      October 16, 2011 at 7:29 am |
  13. jay

    Religion exists because man made God controls the rest of the robots.

    October 16, 2011 at 6:28 am |
  14. Thinkagain

    If Maths is creating a lot of problems in your grades, that does not mean math is the root cause of all evil. If there is a scientific chemical element that is causing certain undesirable results that does not mean science is the problem and we should stop studying it. If religion has been misunderstood and misinterpreted that does not mean we should discount GOD. If you do that my friend I am afraid you are an extremist. GOD does exist and the right thing for you to do will be to just pray one line every night asking him to reveal himself to you, instead of commanding him to appear in front of you as soon as you call. Look he is GOD and he is the one who made us. We have to ask him with humility all due respect, and you will feel peace and Christ will reveal himself to you, as he himself said, taste and see that the lord is good he made us and we are his people. God himself does not want you to believe blindly, he first wants you to humbly approach him first and get a feel of his goodness and then you have to believe in him.

    October 16, 2011 at 6:26 am |
  15. Cary Ussery

    The problem with this article is that it tries to equate Christians with Evangelicals which are a subset of Christians. Evangelicals have committed to spread their belief and, as such, caution should be taken when determining whether an individual will use that commitment to influence the general population with is largely not evangelical. This article also tends to equate morality with Christianity which is a leading reason why people become skeptical of Evangelicals. Religion is based on a set of beliefs some of which include moral beliefs. But most people have a set of moral beliefs and so-called 'secular' people often have very strong moral beliefs, commitments to the plight of the poor, etc. The term 'secular' simply refers to the belief in the separation of church and state on which our country was founded. People like this who consistently try to equate 'secularism' with 'atheism' are simply misinformed or purposely misrepresentative. A strong electorate should always reject individuals who feel their beliefs are somehow more 'valid' than others and should be imposed on the general population. In spite of all this talk of god-less people, I have yet to see someone run for office under the 'atheist' banner successfully. R. Albert Mohler seems to represent his faith and his conviction in the worst way possible and, unfortunately, consistent with the politcally motivated evangelicals; namely, that he and his kind are somehow better people and above the rest.

    October 16, 2011 at 6:26 am |
  16. The Beagle

    >> As Christians committed to the Bible, evangelicals have learned to advocate on behalf of the unborn ... [and] ...believing that the pattern for human relatedness set out in Scripture will lead to the greatest human flourishing.

    Really? You mean like in 2 Samuel 12, where God kills King David's baby because of his (David's) sin? And do you mean the patterns of relatedness exemplified in the same chapter when God promises to cause David's other wives to be publicly violated - not as punishment for their own sins, but for the sin of their husband?

    Those are only two examples of the sick "patterns of relatedness" in the Bible. God also commanded genocide and slavery. (There's a series about slavery on my blog. Just click through my name, above.)

    The Bible has a lot of good things to say, but it's mixed with a lot of evil. Thank goodness humans have an innate moral sense and don't need the Bible to guide them.

    October 16, 2011 at 6:25 am |
  17. Saturn

    Imagine a world in which people accepted the world as it was. No illusions, no supernatural beliefs. They simply looked around them, made decisions based on what the evidence has shown was true, and decided to live their lives as would best benefit human civilization. They worked with other people around them to help other people rather than convert them to a certain way of thinking. And they continued to adapt and grow as their knowledge of the world increased, rather than chaining themselves to an absolute dogma that had been laid down some thousands of years ago.

    Evangelicals consider a godless world to be the worst thing that could happen... but if you ask me, it sounds like a wonderful step forward.

    October 16, 2011 at 6:24 am |
    • Tom

      And who would be populating this atheist utopia? People that act only based on evidence and for the good of human civilization??? Doesn't sound like anyone I've ever met. Religion is not the problem. Narrowly defined self-interest is. As long as you're dealing with human beings, there will be those who put their own interest, whatever that might be, ahead of everyone else. Religion, at its best, helps people overcome that kind of selfishness.

      October 16, 2011 at 6:59 am |
    • Saturn

      Just because people have a tendency to act selfishly, doesn't mean that we will always or must always be that way, and it doesn't mean we should settle for the imperfect solution of inventing a mythology to believe in to inhibit our selfish nature.

      In any case, the notion that religion helps keep selfishness in check is in conflict with all historical evidence. History has shown that, more often than not, religion is a means through which people tend to channel and strengthen their selfish impulses and their desire for power and control over others.

      October 16, 2011 at 7:11 am |
  18. jrcnnjr

    Yes, Evangelicals are VERY dangerous and are usually Religious Fanatics trying to CONTROL people with their religious beliefs. I am a Christian, but I am NOT a Religious Fanatic. America, you need to WAKE UP and vote these Idiot Republicans out of office. For example, Instead of focusing on JOBS, Republicans are trying to assault a Woman’s Right to Choose/Abortion Rights. Abortion is rarely an easy decision (And NO ONE Cheers Abortion). Women and men fought for and achieved women's legal right to make their own decisions about abortion, based on their own conscience, which avoids the revolting specter of a government forcing women to bear children against their will.

    There are many good reasons why our society trusts each woman to make the abortion decision herself, which includes the following:
    1. Laws against abortion can often kill women.
    2. Legal abortions protect women's health.
    3. A woman is more than a fetus.
    4. Being a mother is just one option for women.
    5. Outlawing abortion is discriminatory.
    6. Every child is not a wanted child.
    7. Outlaw abortion, and more children will bear children.
    8. Compulsory pregnancy laws are incompatible with a free society.

    You Republican Rightwing Nuts (aka RepubliKKKTEAlibanNUTS) love the child in the womb and want them starved to death after birth, and couldn’t care less about them AFTER they are born . . . .

    October 16, 2011 at 6:24 am |
    • akmike64

      Aside from their alleged moral beliefs, most of the objections to abortion seem to center around the use of their hard-earned taxes to fund abortions for the poor (who, coincidentally, are mostly minorities) and financially least able to care for additional children. The rich have always been able to hire medical personnel to perform abortions on demand. Hypocrisy runs rampant among this self-righteous group who also supported bombing Muslim countries, thereby killing innocent women, children and men.

      October 16, 2011 at 7:01 am |
  19. Jt_flyer

    Why don't we create a separate state for these people. I don't want them near me. We fight religious fanatics all over the world and home-grown fundamentalism is no different. I believe your silly bible was written by fat, old, manipulative, middle eastern men who are no different than any of the fat old men who live and preach in the middle east today. And I wouldn't believe a word from any of them. Your general, Rick Perry, has put more people to death in the name of god than most terrorists will ever kill. My God has nothing to do with you people.

    October 16, 2011 at 6:19 am |
    • LOL

      we did, but they won't stay in Utah. lolololol

      October 16, 2011 at 6:56 am |
  20. dave

    What is so scary about America’s evangelical Christians? They promote ignorance while denigrating facts and logic.

    Carbon-14 dating, for example, is based on facts and logic. "The earth is 5000 years old" is the product of ignorance.

    October 16, 2011 at 6:16 am |
    • SurRy

      "The good thing about science is that it’s true, whether or not you believe in it." Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, American Astrophysicist

      October 16, 2011 at 6:27 am |
    • Franny

      There's the danger also that they are determined to bring about the Biblical Prophetic teachings of Revelations. I do agree that many are just plain ignorant, and very misguided in how they choose to interpret the real teachings of Christ. I've not seen many who practice what they preach. It also appears to me they'd have no problems in getting rid of our Government.

      October 16, 2011 at 6:30 am |
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