Bryan Fischer reacted to the latest sordid revelations regarding Josh Duggar on his radio program today by calling for pornography and adultery to be outlawed and for the website Ashley Madison to be shut down.
"I believe that pornography could be, and ought to be, illegal," Fischer said. "It ought to be against the law. The First Amendment protects the freedom of speech, it does not protect the freedom or the right to take your clothes off and have sex in front of a camera ... And this Ashley Madison website, which is designed to promote adulterous liaisons, I think that is a website that by its very nature ought to be illegal."
Absurdly comparing adultery to shoplifting, Fischer declared that adultery "ought to be crime in all of society," which would result in websites like Ashley Madison being shut down by the government.
Back in 2013, Glenn Beck declared on his radio show that if it ever got to the point where he started reading Scripture on the air, you could be sure that it was a sign that we are rapidly approaching the End Times. That was two years ago and since we don't seem to have quite reached the End of Days yet, Beck returned to reading from Scripture on his program today in the wake of the shooting of a television reporter and cameraman live on air, warning once again that our time is up.
The shooting prompted Beck to deliver a long sermon on the Book of Jeremiah, revealing that God has told him that He is giving this nation "one final warning."
"I think God is giving me one final warning," Beck said. "He's telling us, 'You got one more chance, this is it.' I'm telling you this is it ... This is God saying, 'Last chance.'"
"I told these guys fifteen years ago, you ever start to hear me reading right from the Scriptures, you know we're at the end," Beck continued. "I'm reading today right from the Scriptures ... I'm telling you, as we watch things like a shooting on television and a shooting in the street, this is the beginning of sorrows. This is the beginning!"
Recently, Rena Lindevaldsen, Liberty University Law School's interim dean, delivered an address to students on the question "Do Government Officials Have Authority to Impose Their Morals on Others?"
Lindevaldsen's answer was a resounding "yes," provided that the morals being imposed are Christian ones. But if the morals being imposed are not Christian ones, then the answer is obviously "no."
As she explained, "civil government only has the authority that God has established" and so "civil government, if it's acting rightfully within its authority, should be acting consistent with Scripture."
"Government's only just authority [is] derived from God and it's purpose is to protect those inalienable rights that we have been given, not to infringe them as we're seeing take place a lot in society today," Lindevaldsen said. "Whether it's zoning or taxes or marriage or abortion, in those issues, government doesn't have authority to say that these things are appropriate because they're contrary to Scripture."
On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer took a call from a listener who had a rather unique suggestion of what to do with people who illegally cross into America repeatedly: place them on military transport planes and then dump them out in the middle of nowhere.
"Mike from Virginia" told Fischer that repeat offenders "should be loaded on to C130s and para-dropped into Tierra del Fuego, and Nigeria, and North Vietnam" and Fischer thought that was a pretty good idea, though he did not necessarily support going to such extreme measures.
"What I would be in favor of," Fischer said, "is when we deport them, let's deport them as far away from the American border as we can. Return them to their home country, but as far away from the American border as is possible. If you take them across the border and deport them, they're just going to be right back. They may be right back on the same day, so there has to be some distance that you create and then people begin to understand, look, I'm going to have a find a way to migrate clear across the country to get back to my home, let alone make another stab at reentering the United States":
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer declared that God created the United States for the purpose of spreading the Gospel of Christ throughout the world and therefore illegal immigration must be stopped because it is causing division within the nation and sucking up valuable resources that could otherwise be used for spreading the Gospel.
"Our purpose as a nation," he said, "is to advance and expand the Kingdom of God. That is the calling that is on the United States ... And we have, up to this point in history, we have abundantly fulfilled that mission. The United States has invested more financial resources and sent more personnel carrying the message of the Gospel to more darkened corners of the world than any other place on the planet. And that is our calling and that is what illegal immigration is threatening."
"One of the things we need in order to carry out the Great Commission is a sense of national unity," Fischer continued. "We are one people with a common purpose, that has to do with the things of God, with expanding the reach of God, expanding the impact that God's kingdom and the Gospel has on the world. Well, you can't do that if you're fractured, if you're divided over race, if you're divided because you have people living illegally who don't even belong here, have no intention of assimilating, no intention of entering into that larger purpose for your nation. They're not going to be an asset to that; they're going to be a detraction to that. They're going to diminish the capacity of the country to do that."
Glenn Beck opened his television program last night by warning his audience that yesterday's significant stock market decline was simply a foretaste of what we can expect to see when the massive global "correction" that he has been predicting for years finally hits.
"If we continue to follow progressive principles and, quite honestly, Common Core math," Beck warned, "we will repeat the same mistakes we made in the 1930s and the 1940s and the world will follow with fascism, communism, war, and hunger. It's going to happen, gang."
"You and I have been made fun of relentlessly for advising our friends to prepare," he continued. "Believe me, no one will be laughing when the chickens come home to roost ... It is not a matter of if; it is truly a matter of when. Are you prepared? Do you have food on hand? Do you have cash on hand? Do you have ammunition and guns and God, most importantly?"
On Friday, Ted Cruz held a "Rally for Religious Liberty" in Iowa where the Republican presidential hopeful showcased a handful of Christians who have supposedly been persecuted for their religious beliefs and opposition to gay marriage.
Prior to the event, Cruz sat down with Ed Berliner on Newsmax to discuss the issue, which Cruz blamed on "liberal fascism" which has a "hatred and intolerance for Christians."
Berliner asked Cruz how he planned to bring both sides together when the Republican Party has a reputation that it "does not like homosexuals, that you are anti-gay" and that it supports anti-gay discrimination. Cruz, predictably, refused to address that issue, insisting simply that "I'm a Christian and Scripture commands Christians to love everybody" before declaring that the real issue is the supposed government persecution of people of faith.
After absurdly asserting that Christian business owners should not have to provide services to a gay couple any more than a Muslim imam should be forced to conduct a Jewish wedding, Cruz blamed it all on "liberal fascists" who hate freedom and American values.
"What we're seeing now," he said, "is this liberal fascism and intolerance where their object is to persecute, to punish, to fine any Bible-following Christian or believer that believes in the biblical definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. And that is profoundly inconsistent with who we are as Americans."
Berliner then again attempted to get Cruz to explain how, while holding such a position, he could ever hope to convince gay activists that he doesn't hate them, and again Cruz wasn't interested in answering that question.
"There are some activists who, frankly, manifest a hatred and intolerance for Christians, who are persecuting Christians," Cruz said. "That is unfortunate. As I said, I think we should love everybody."
Cruz then went on to declare that religious liberty was "the foundational right upon which this nation was built and, for I, am proud to stand with these heroes gathered tonight to defend religious liberty."
Over the weekend, members of the Satanic Temple's Detroit chapter showed up to counter anti-abortion protests outside of Planned Parenthood facilities, at one point dumping gallons of milk over the heads of participants. Glenn Beck took some time to analyze this milk protest on his radio show today, telling his audience that he was positive there was some hidden but extremely important spiritual significance to the act.
"I'll bet you there is an ancient Moloch ritual that includes using milk like that," Beck said. "I'll bet you that has significance ... I'll bet you there is an ancient ritualistic evil reason they used milk."
Beck was so confident about this, in fact, that he had his staff get in touch with Rabbi Daniel Lapin so that he could call into the program to confirm Beck’s suspicion. But while Lapin is generally a reliable source for validating and promoting the sort of quasi-spiritualnonsensethat Beck loves, today he wasn't quite capable of meeting Beck's needs, despite his best efforts.
While telling Beck that his "instincts are, once again, spot on," Lapin basically spent the next several minutes just rambling incoherently about Occupy Wall Street, anal sex, and the fact that God "implanted in us a perverse and strange yearning to, in fact, seek death."
"The very first connection with life is the substance called milk," Lapin said, "so there is something rather brilliantly perverse about the Satanists choosing the substance. And I think whether they were consciously aware of this or not, I think everybody who reads about it gets a sort of sudden shock and thrill at seeing this bizarre juxtaposition where they're basically saying, 'Get out of here your pro-lifers, we want Planned Parenthood to continue dismembering tiny human beings' and the substance they use is exactly the substance that tiny human beings live on!"
Today in the segment of his “The 700 Club” program in which he dispenses (often questionable) advice to viewers, televangelist Pat Robertson responded to a question about whether God can heal broken relationships by recalling the story of an acquaintance whose relationship he said God deliberately ended.
Robertson said he once knew a man who was deeply in love with a woman, but the woman didn’t think he was wealthy enough to support her lifestyle so broke things off.
“But guess what happened to the woman,” Robertson continued. “She had an incurable disease and became an invalid. In other words, he would’ve been committed to a lifetime of care for a sick wife and God in his love spared him of that torment.”
On today's "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program, Rick Joyner warned that the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision, the controversy over Hillary Clinton's private email server and President Obama's entire presidency are proof of increasing "lawlessness" in American, which is a sign of the End Times.
"If nothing happens to Hillary, if she's not prosecuted for this, what has happened to law, what has happened to order, to justice?" Joyner asked. He went on to insist that Obama has "committed many impeachable offenses" which are sowing the seeds of lawlessness all over this nation. "If the president doesn't have to keep laws that he doesn't agree with, why should anybody have to keep laws they don't agree with?" he asked. "Why should I have to obey this speed limit sign out here? I don't agree with it."
"It just releases lawlessness across the board," he said. "It just releases lawlessness and this is one of the things the Lord warned is going to be one of the major signs of the End Times. We're either going to see justice done in relation to Hillary Clinton or we're going to see just how much further we've fallen into lawlessness."
Gordon Klingenschmitt dedicated his most recent "Pray In Jesus Name" show to responding to the criticism he has received after using an earlier program to urge parents to remove their sons from the Boy Scouts before they are molested as a result of the organization's decision to lift the ban on gay scout leaders.
After justifiably complaining that some of his words were taken out of context and insisting that he never called for gay scoutmasters to be drowned in the sea, Klingenschmitt brought on his close friend Janet Porter of Faith 2 Action to defend him from the "lies" and to pray against the attacks on him.
As Klingenschmitt explained, he never claimed that all gay men are child molesters ... and that is because gay men and child molesters are clearly possessed by different demons.
"There are clearly two different demons at play here," he said. "There is, of course, a demon of homosexuality in those who openly parade their sodomy in the streets. But then there's a different demon of child molesting that is inside some of these reported molesters ... I'm not saying that all of the homosexual are child molesters, I never claimed that. But I'll tell you in this case, all the child molesters in the Boy Scouts are homosexual. And how can I tell that? Very simple, it's logical, there were no girls in the tents. Those are men molesting boys and their attraction to other men, or even other boys, is a different demon and we're calling that out."
On his radio program today, Glenn Beck announced an effort to raise as much money as he can in order to secure the freedom of Christian families who are threatened by ISIS by getting them out of the Middle East and transporting them to safety in places like Germany or Mexico.
Eventually, this morphed into Beck screaming about the United States supposedly being unwilling to accept Christian refugees who are fleeing ISIS that culminated in Beck vowing to meet these Christians in Mexico and personally walk them across the border into America.
Beck then tied all of this to reports that American aid worker Kayla Mueller had been repeatedly raped by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as well as the recent campaign against Planned Parenthood to declare that being an American citizen is now a complete disgrace that is threatening our eternal salvation and making us no better than the Nazis.
"My citizenship has become a condemnation," he fumed. "My citizenship is something that I'm now starting to look at as a liability for my first citizenship in a higher kingdom ... If you can't see how evil we have become when I tell you the story of Planned Parenthood keeping baby parts in a freezer that they have jokingly called the nursery you will not see [Josef] Mengele when he arrives. You will don the black uniform and the black hat with the skull and crossbones on it and you will load people into the ovens."
For the last month, Glenn Beck has been heaping praise upon the Broadway play "Amazing Grace," which tells the story of the former trader who eventually penned the title hymn. After seeing a preview of the show in July, Beck couldn't praise it highly enough, calling it "profound and personal wake up call" and "a miracle":
What was happening was something far greater than a really special broadway show. We were being transformed, our hearts were softened and there was a spiritual healing that was happening. When, in the end, Amazing Grace was sung, I and others apparently, felt pulled out of our seats. It felt almost wrong to sit and I, for one, could not. Half of the audience stood up almost together, weeping. The other half leaped to their feet the minute the song was over. I have seen 100’s of Broadway’s shows over the years but I do not recall one where people were as fast to give a standing ovation as this show. It was the original cast of Les Miserable except the storyline was more powerful and the timing was only as God could time it. That is saying something I know. I never stay for the end of shows as we always leave on the last line. We stood for the 8 minute ovation. On the way out white and black were crying and some of us even hugged each other. “Oh, if everyone in the country could experience this show, many of our problems would fall away.” I thought and heard others say.
Audiences and critics, on the other hand, have been less enraptured and the play is struggling at the box office and so Beck brought the play's writer on to his radio show yesterday in an effort to promote the show and encourage his audience to buy tickets in order to keep it afloat, saying that if everyone in America would just see this play, it would immediately put an end to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
"There is something special about this," Beck said. "There's something happening with this show. I mean, if every American could see this show, you wouldn't be having people say, 'Black lives matter and you can't dare say white lives do ... All lives matter? You don't dare say all lives matter; it's black lives matter!' We would have an end of that conversation, literally."
Bryan Fischer kicked off his radio program yesterday with a lesson from the Book of Joel explaining that natural disasters, military defeats and economic catastrophe are always warnings from God to repent.
"God uses military defeats, natural disasters, economic catastrophes," he said, "they are God's way of rousing a deaf nation. These things are megaphones that God uses to call a wandering and wicked nation back to himself in repentance and prayer."
"So the bottom line with these catastrophes," Fischer concluded, "whether they're military, whether they're natural, whether they're economic, this is God's way of calling a nation back to repentance. The only question is will we listen."
As we have noted several times before, David Barton is not about to stop repeating one of his talking points merely because it happens to be demonstrably false, and today he provided more evidence that he simply does not seem to care about the truth of the things that he says.
Since 2011, we have heard Barton repeatedly claim that the Department of Justice under President Obama has not prosecuted a single person for child pornography. This statement is categorically false, as anyone willing to spend one minute searching the database of the FBI website will find dozens and dozens of press releases announcing arrests, prosecutions, and convictions for child pornography.
But apparently Barton can't be bothered to get his facts straight and so he continues to repeat this claim, as he did again on his radio program today when he stated that "the last I knew, there has not been a single prosecution of child pornography under this administration. There were many under previous administrations; this administration just shut it down."
United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today the filing of formal charges against Jared S. Fogle for distributing and receiving child pornography, and conspiring to do so, as well as repeatedly traveling to engage in commercial sex acts with underage minors. Fogle, 37, of Zionsville, Indiana, was charged by Information and has notified the U.S. District Court that he will plead guilty to all charges. He had his initial appearance before a magistrate judge earlier today and was released on home detention with GPS monitoring and other conditions. The case was the result of a joint state, local and federal investigation by the Indiana State Police, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, with assistance from the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.
According to Minkler, “Mr. Fogle has admitted in court pleadings that he received child pornography involving multiple minors living in Indiana and other countries over the course of several years. His child pornography crime began when he learned that alleged co-conspirator Russell Taylor was sexually exploiting a 14 year old girl in March 2011. At that time, Mr. Fogle did nothing to stop the abuse or report it to authorities, but chose instead to receive and repeatedly view the child pornography involving the girl and those other minors produced by his alleged co-conspirator in the years that followed. It total, Mr. Fogle admitted in court pleadings filed today that his actions caused the sexual victimization of a total of 12 minors in Indiana before his co-conspirator’s arrest in April 2015. He preyed on minor victims who did not have the ability to protect themselves.”
According to the detailed charging Information and the admitted facts contained in Plea Agreement, between March of 2011, and January of 2015, Russell C. Taylor (who was federally charged in a separate case in May 2015) allegedly produced child pornography involving 12 minor victims in Indiana. Taylor secretly produced the images and videos of these minors, who were between 9 and 16 years old. The victims were filmed in Taylor’s house using multiple hidden cameras which were concealed in clock radios and positioned so they would capture the victims changing clothes, showering, bathing or engaging in other activities. Taylor allegedly then shared some of these images and videos with Fogle, who knew the victims were minors. During conversations and text messages with Taylor, Fogle made comments approving of the activity and discussed some of the minors by name. However, Fogle did not receive all of the material Taylor allegedly produced.
Fogle also allegedly received commercially produced child pornography videos from Taylor, who allegedly obtained the material through Internet sources. The videos were made outside of the United States by other persons and showed the sexual abuse of victims as young as six years old. Fogle viewed some of these video files on a computer provided by Taylor as well as through text messages and a thumb drive. On one occasion, Fogle allegedly displayed some of these videos to another person using a thumb drive provided by Taylor.
Update: Warren Throckmorton looked into Barton's claim more closely and found that he was off by a mere 12,859.
Jonathan Cahn released a video today warning viewers to prepare for God's judgment for the nation's growing "apostasy" to fall upon America in September in the form of economic collapse, natural disaster, or a terrorist attack.
Or maybe not ... as Cahn was careful to hedge his bets by also asserting that possibly nothing at all will happen because God "is sovereign and He doesn't have to work according to our schedule or understanding." But even if nothing happens, Cahn said, America still deserves God's judgment because of things like the legalization of gay marriage.
"I believe a great shaking is coming to America and the world," he said. "We have watched the apostasy of America continue, it has continued and it accelerating. The harbingers have not stopped, they have continued to manifest, which are indications of a nation progressing to judgment."
"How does judgment come?" Cahn continued. "It can come in the form of collapse economically, financially, the nation's blessing, sustenance being removed. It can also come in the form of natural disaster, earthquakes, famines, other things, many ways in the natural realm. It can also come in the form of man-made disaster, as in terrorism, war, as in 9/11."
And America is ripe for such judgment because of the recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide, he said.
"This summer, America crossed the line," he warned. "This was a tectonic event, a seismic change with ramifications not just about marriage but about the future of the culture, of society, of religious freedom, of persecution and, I believe, judgment."
Five years ago, following the "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C., Glenn Beck and David Barton announced the formation of the Nation Black Robe Regiment, which was designed to mobilize "courageous and patriotic ministers who will provide leadership and speak out on the pressing issues of the day."
In the ensuring years, the group has not really amounted to much or actually done anything, despite Beck's laughable claim that he's managed to raise up tens of thousands of pastors who are willing to die fighting anti-Christian persecution in America.
So we can't help but be a bit skeptical about Beck's new plan to create 1,000 "unity teams" all over the country that will be prepared to step in and keep the peace the next time a Ferguson-like situation erupts.
Once again partnering with Barton, Beck announced on his television program last night that the main outcome of his upcoming "Never Again Is Now/Restoring Honor" event in Birmingham, Alabama, will be the creation of 1,000 local "unity teams" who can serve as "first responders" in cases of civil unrest, showing up to model for people "how to behave" properly.
"Our goal for next week," Beck said, "is to have 1,000 unity teams all around the country that will be the first responders — and I'm not meaning the first responders for a hurricane, I mean first responder when there is something going on and will give people the tools to be able to react. And then also, our own unity team, the national unity team, will be the ones that will go in when there is Ferguson, the local people will be there, the local pastors and the local people that are part of knowing how to behave and then we will come and join you on the ground in places like Ferguson to try to defuse things and show people there is another way."
Last week, BarbWire's director of development Tristan Emmanuel wrote a column for the website fuming that other Christians refuse to acknowledge the obvious fact that President Obama is probably the Antichrist:
Obama, has supported abortion on demand and thwarted religious freedom via his many domestic policies – Obama Care, and Gay “Marriage” to name only two. He continues to associate with members of the Muslim Brotherhood, he has revealed his antipathy towards Israel, and continues to preach tolerance for Islam while chastising Christians.
Let me put it this way: not only is Obama the most powerful jihadist in the World – he is in my estimation anti-Christ – if not the Anti-Christ foretold in the book of Revelation.
Revelation chapter thirteen makes it very clear that the anti-Christ would be a worker of wonders and seducer of the world. And that he would systematically seek to destroy the Seed of Christ on the earth.
The Anti-Christ of the book of Revelation is an individual who wields world-wide power and world-wide influence. His hatred for Christ and the people of Christ is legendary and very real.
To any observant individual Obama embodies all the characteristics of the legendary nemesis.
Obama’s reaction to the suffering of people such as Pastor Sayeed in Iran is, if nothing else, a manifestation of anti-Christian bigotry. And frankly, I wouldn’t surprise me if he goes down as history’s Anti-Christ of Revelation.
This week, Emmanuel followed that up with another column calling on Christians to demand Obama's impeachment because he was put into office by Satan:
How dare I equate Obama to Satan?
Yes, Obama is just a man. But in our modern era no leader of prominence has managed a rise to such heights with absolutely no qualifying credentials whatsoever.
How do you explain the Usurper’s rise to power other then that “principalities and powers of darkness” have coalesced around his person, around his administration, aided his efforts, breathed intellectual life to his policy, guided him, enabling him and worked an uncanny level of success and global veneration?
How is Satan not the source of it all?
Sure the comparison is unnerving to any reasonable person. But it’s unnerving precisely because it is impossible to ignore.
And consider the result of this demonic rise. Unlike any president of the modern area Obama has used his power previous left of center president (including Bill Clinton) Obama has used his power to rail against the moral underpinnings of America’s Christian heritage, mock Christians, rebuke Christians, trivialized Christian teaching and turn a blind eye to the persecution of Christians all the while aiding Islamists.
And yet Christians continue to be apathetic about the Usurper’s tenure.
But its not simply a passive complicity that implicates us in the evil that now grips the nation. Many of us give credence to the growing mythology about Obama.
The mythology that says Obama is simply a “misguided progressive” or a “liberal secularist” or an “egotistical power grubber.” Countless pundits echo this ridiculous notion and Christians are complicit in echoing it – what is it about our inability to name the evil for what it is?
To explain away Obama’s manifest and manifold political evil as “he’s just mistakenly arrogant” trivializes the very real evil that surrounds his entire presidency.
Obama is not your average or normal president. Obama is the threat! He is the enemy that occupies the seat of our government and trust me, he not go away peaceably.
Speaking at an event in Chicago last night, anti-gay activist Scott Lively warned the audience to prepare for wholesale persecution in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling because the goal of gay rights activists is "to punish anyone who disagrees with them as severely as they can."
"As Christians, our world changed on the day the Obergefell case came down," he said, "and there's going to be persecution unfolding for all of us in this country because this movement of people is implacable, they can't be placated. They're relentless and their goal is supremacy. It's not tolerance, it's not acceptance, it isn't even celebration, it isn't even being able to force everyone to participate in their culture, it's to punish anyone who disagrees with them as severely as they can and that is what's coming for every person."
The time is coming, Lively warned, for Christians to decide that they are willing to "stand with the Lord and the truth of the Bible and say that homosexuality is an abomination," regardless of the consequences.
Last night, virulently anti-gay activist Scott Lively joined fellow activists Peter LaBarbera and John Kirkwood for a discussion on the supposed persecution of Christians in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.
Predictably, the conversation was filled with dire warnings and over-the-top language, such as when Lively declared that America has "entered into a time of apostasy" as evidenced by school shootings and "the barbarianistic behavior that is manifested so much on the internet."
But worst of all, he said, is the acceptance of homosexuality, which is the most abominable of all sins because, according to the Bible, "it's the only sin associated with the incineration of four cities."
"The widespread acceptance of homosexuality by society is the harbinger of wrath of God," he said. "It's the only sin that is associated with the reprobate mind, the worst state that a person can have and then the apostate culture that derives from that ... [If you read Romans,] you see what God believes about this and what he warns about. Even AIDS and these other diseases, it says they receive in themselves the penalty of their error, which is appropriate. It's plain, simple Scripture, stated as clear as could possibly be done and that's manifest before our eyes in the way that these people are now struggling with all these diseases that are associated with their conduct."
"The heart of it is malicious deception," Lively concluded, "which is the satanic goal, isn't it?"