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Rick Joyner: 'There Is Much More Freedom Of Religion In Russia Than There Is In America'

On a recent episode of his "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program, Rick Joyner declared that America is now one of the least religiously free nations in the entire world, thanks to President Obama, and that there is now more religious freedom in Russia than in the United States.

"We no longer have freedom of religion in America," Joyner stated. "We no longer have freedom of speech in America."

The fact that Joyner was openly hosting a Christian television program while saying this would seem to rather undermine both his claim that there is neither freedom of religion nor freedom of speech in America, but Joyner didn't see it that way, declaring that "there is much more freedom of religion in Russia than there is in America."

That must come as news to the people in Russia, since the government enacted a new law back in July that drastically restricts that ability of non-government-approved churches to engage in evangelism and which the the National Religious Broadcasters decried in a press release:

Despite pleas from religious organizations, business leaders, and human rights activists, Russian President Vladimir Putin this week signed legislation that includes heavy-handed requirements for speech on electronic media and restrictions on religious freedom. Indeed, Russia’s own Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights called for the law’s rejection because of its “unconstitutionality.”

The new law is especially harmful to those who wish to preach and teach the Gospel. Government permits through registered religious groups will be required for evangelism. Moreover, such outreach efforts will essentially be restricted to church building sites.

Dr. Hannu Haukka, President  of Great Commission Media Ministries, which is actively engaged in Russia, said, “This new situation resembles the Soviet Union in 1929. At that time confession of faith was permitted only in church. Practically speaking, we are back in the same situation. These anti-terrorist laws are some of the most restrictive laws in post-Soviet history.”

Similarly, Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of National Religious Broadcasters, stated, “The enactment of a law restricting the free exercise of religion by any nation should be a matter of grave concern and prayerful action by Christians of all nations. Following a pattern of other human rights abuses, Vladimir Putin’s Russia is criminalizing a central duty for all followers of Christ – sharing our faith. “

Dr. Johnson added, “In keeping with the Apostle Peter’s declaration, ‘We must obey God rather than men’ (Acts 5:29), I commend the faithfulness of Russia's evangelical Christians and urge believers across the world earnestly to seek God’s protection for all those who are being faithful in their witness. I also commend NRB members who are seeking to share the Good News in Russia.”

In a speech last week decrying the law and Russia’s trajectory on the world stage, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) noted, “We need to begin telling the truth about an increasingly aggressive actor in global affairs.” He added that the new law is “an affront to free people everywhere.”

In a similar vein, NRB President Dr. Jerry A. Johnson declared, “The United States government and all other nations that profess a commitment to religious freedom should urge Russia to repeal this unjust law. Let’s pray this new iron curtain of Christian persecution in Russia will be lifted quickly and without harm to our brothers and sisters in Christ.”

Rick Joyner Still Has No Idea What He Is Talking About

Earlier this month, we posted a clip of Rick Joyner praising Donald Trump for pledging to repeal the Johnson Amendment, a provision in the tax code that has long restricted the ability of nonprofit organizations, including churches, to engage in explicitly political activities and endorse or oppose candidates for office.

Joyner claimed that the provision was inserted into the tax code by then-Sen. Lyndon Johnson specifically to "muzzle the church" because he was angry that Christian leaders had criticized him during his run for office. As we pointed out last time, this is entirely untrue:

That alternate version of history must come as a surprise to groups like the Alliance Defending Freedom, which launched its "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" initiative back in 2008 to challenge the Johnson Amendment on the grounds that it was never intended to apply to churches.

As the ADF explained in this video it made back in 2012, Johnson was upset that two wealthy businessmen had used nonprofit organizations they had created to attack him when he ran for re-election in 1954 on the grounds that he was too soft on communism. In response, Johnson inserted an amendment into a bill overhauling the tax code that restricted the ability of nonprofit organizations to engage in overtly political activities.

According to the ADF, and contrary to Joyner's claim, "Johnson never had churches in mind" when he added this amendment.

But just because this claim is false, that's obviously not going to stop Joyner from repeating it, which he did on yesterday's "Prophetic Perspectives on Current Events" program.

Johnson inserted this provision "specifically to muzzle churches, muzzle Christian leaders because he had personally been attacked by them so much in his campaigns," Joyner falsely claimed. "He came up with this scheme and he was very open about it."

Rick Joyner Has No Idea What He Is Talking About

On his latest "Prophetic Perspectives on Current Events" program, Rick Joyner recounted his experience attending the meeting that Donald Trump held last month with nearly 1,000 Religious Right activists. 

One thing that really electrified the crowd, Joyner said, was Trump's pledge to repeal the Johnson Amendment, a provision in the tax code that has long restricted the ability of nonprofit organizations to engage in explicitly political activities and endorse or oppose candidates for office.

To hear Joyner tell it, that provision was placed into the tax code by then-Sen. Lyndon Johnson specifically because he wanted to punish churches and Christians.

"Lyndon Johnson was very candid about how he wanted to impose a restraint on Christians and on churches from speaking into the current issues of the times," Joyner claimed. "He was really angry at the church because of the way they had constantly opposed him or challenged him in his elections and this was a way he thought he could muzzle the church."

That alternate version of history must come as a surprise to groups like the Alliance Defending Freedom, which launched its "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" initiative back in 2008 to challenge the Johnson Amendment on the grounds that it was never intended to apply to churches.

As the ADF explained in this video it made back in 2012, Johnson was upset that two wealthy businessmen had used nonprofit organizations they had created to attack him when he ran for re-election in 1954 on the grounds that he was too soft on communism. In response, Johnson inserted an amendment into a bill overhauling the tax code that restricted the ability of nonprofit organizations to engage in overtly political activities.

According to the ADF, and contrary to Joyner's claim, "Johnson never had churches in mind" when he added this amendment:

Rick Joyner: Conservatives Refusing To Support Trump Is A Sign America Has Been Cursed With Madness

On a recent episode of his "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program, Rick Joyner said the fact that many conservatives are refusing to support Donald Trump even after he pledged to fill the Supreme Court with right-wing ideologues is a sign that America has been cursed by madness.

Joyner said that he has not heard a single word of complaint about any of the people included on Trump's list of potential Supreme Court appointments because "for conservatives, this is the best list you could ever come up with."

Nonetheless, some conservatives have said that they would support Hillary Clinton over Trump, which Joyner said is "madness."

"This is madness," he said. "There is a madness in the land, but that's a curse that is promised to come upon any nation that starts calling good evil and evil good."

Ben Carson: America Is Exceptional Because We Went To The Moon Instead Of Chopping Down Corn

Like Ted Cruz before him, Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson made a stop at MorningStar Fellowship Church in South Carolina last week, where he was introduced by extremist pastor, self-proclaimed prophet and Oak Initiative president Rick Joyner.

After Joyner hailed Carson for bringing class, dignity and "true nobility" to the presidential race and praised him for his depth of knowledge, Carson took the microphone and laid out a rather interesting argument in favor of the idea of "American exceptionalism."

"When you think about in terms of an exceptional nation," Carson said, "I mean, before this nation came on the scene, [for] 100 years, 500, 1,000, 5,000 years people did things the same way. You know, the farmer would chop down corn and put it on the wagon and take it into town and sell it; within 200 years of the advent of America, men were walking on the moon."

"It changed the trajectory of mankind and the progress of mankind," he concluded, "so to say it's not exceptional is nuts! It's the most exceptional nation ever."

Ted Cruz To Campaign With Glenn Beck At Rick Joyner's Church

Last month, we noted that Ted Cruz attended a national security forum held at Rick Joyner's MorningStar Church in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

Joyner is a self-proclaimed prophet who frequently talks of his prophetic dreams about chaos and revolution descending upon America and resulting in martial law. He is the sort of right-wing Christian leader who issues warnings about how the devastating 2011 earthquake in Japan would push America into Nazism and declares that Hurricane Katrina was God's judgment for homosexuality. He's also the type to declare that gay marriage will usher in national destructiona second civil wardivine judgmenta ban on men and women marrying each other and even the Mark of the Beast.

But Joyner is not all doom and gloom, as he did once pray away the spread of the Asian Flu and even cooked a miraculous casserole that fed multitudes.

Later this week, Cruz will return to Joyner's church for a campaign event and this time he'll be in the company of another self-appointed prophet: Glenn Beck.

Ted Cruz To Address Church Led By Extremist 'Prophet'

Fresh from holding a rally at South Carolina’s Bob Jones University, a school that infamously tried to use “religious liberty” arguments to defend its racist policies, Ted Cruz is now slated to address a “National Security Forum” at self-proclaimed prophet Rick Joyner’s MorningStar Church in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

The Oak Initiative, a conservative group led by Joyner, circulated an email inviting members to the forum over the weekend, which is officially hosted by the South Carolina chapter of Americans for Peace Prosperity and Security and moderated by former Rep. Mike Rogers.

We wonder if Cruz will use the event as an opportunity to court Joyner’s support, since the Texas senator has made a point to recruit some of the most extreme voices on the Religious Right.

Joyner doesn’t think America has much time left, telling viewers of his television show “Prophetic Perspective on Current Events” that President Obama’s re-election “could be the end of our republic as we know it” and that a time will come when “our only hope is a military takeover; martial law.”

Joyner cited a prophetic vision he received to predict that the devastating 2011 earthquake in Japan would push America into Nazism, and he has warned that gay marriage will usher in national destructiona second civil wardivine judgmenta ban on men and women marrying each other and the Mark of the Beast.

He has also boasted of advising several politicians, including one unnamed U.S. senator whom he told that Hurricane Katrina was God’s punishment for homosexuality.

Joyner’s prayers get results, at least according to Joyner. He has boasted that he prayed that God would bring drought to California, which he believes will soon be destroyed; fed “a huge group one time from one casserole” dish that “just never ran out”; and “instantly” prayed away the flu from America.

Other prophecies have been less successful. For instance, he warned that the military’s Jade Helm 15 exercise would usher in martial law and cited the White Horse Prophecy as a reason to believe that God would put Mitt Romney in the White House (although he wonders if Obama, whom he believes is “a wicked man,” stole the 2012 election).

Joyner can also share with Cruz his dreams about the dystopian future of America:

Todd Bentley Claims To Have Brought 35 People Back From The Dead

On Friday night, we spotted a tweet from Rick Joyner's MorningStar Ministries, alerting us to the fact that Todd Bentley was preaching at Joyner's church that evening on the raising of the dead:

Joyner has been key in "restoring" Bentley's reputation after he divorced his wife back in 2008 and, on Friday, the two men were preaching together at Joyner's "Harvest Fest 2015" event. Unfortunately, the footage from the event is only available to those with a subscription so we have been unable to watch it, though a short excerpt was released on the MorningStar YouTube page showing Bentley bragging about how he recently revived three people from the dead during an event in Pakistan:

It turns out that these are just the latest in a long string of resurrections of the dead in Bentley's career, as he explained earlier this month at a different event that he has been responsible for no fewer than 35 such miracles over the years.

Bentley recalled how he had recently cured a young girl of Down syndrome and had even brought back from the dead a man who, 48 hours earlier, had been electrocuted so badly that all of his internal organs were melted.

"I wish we had a dead body we could pray for, but we don't. That would have been a great illustration," Bentley stated, explaining that he travels with a "raising the dead tent" in which he places those who have recently died so that he can pray them back to life.

So far, he's managed to bring back 35 people, Bentley said, but for best results, they have to have died in the last couple of days.  Four days, it turns out, is generally the limit at which he is capable of bringing people back from the dead.

Rick Joyner: Legalizing Gay Marriage Is A 'Trial Run' For The Mark Of The Beast

On yesterday's "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program, right-wing televangelist Rick Joyner reiterated his belief that a Supreme Court ruling striking down bans on gay marriage is a "trial run" for the Mark of the Beast.

After clarifying that he does not think this ruling will be the literal Mark of the Beast, but rather "is a remarkable parallel and does everything that [the Bible] says the Mark of the Beast will do," Joyner warned that Christian business owners will be faced with losing their livelihoods if gay marriage becomes legal nationwide.

"People are being put out of business because they would not violate their conscience, based on their belief in what God has said in his word about this issue, about homosexuality," Joyner said. "And because they would not violate that, which was a religious conviction, they've been put out of business. They can no longer buy, sell, or trade and that's what happens if you refuse to take the Mark of the Beast."

"We may be facing that situation," he continued, "and if this is not the Biblical Mark of the Beast that John wrote about in Revelation, it's at least a trial run."

Rick Joyner: God Is Using Radical Islam To Punish The World For 'Perversion And Abortion'

On today's "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program, Rick Joyner declared that God is using radical Islam to punish the world for accepting "perversion and abortion."

"What is happening with radical Islam rising in the earth is judgment from God against perversion and abortion," Joyner said. "I believe God is using it just the way He used the heathen nations around Israel; whenever Israel fell into apostasy, He would use the heathen nations around Israel to discipline them ... I believe this challenge of Islam all over the world, God is allowing it — it's not His spirit, it's contrary to His spirit — but He is allowing it to bring judgment on both perversion and abortion":

Joyner: High Salaries For Black Athletes Are God's Reparations For Slavery

On Friday's episode of "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events," Rick Joyner focused on the unrest that erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of a grand jury's failure to indict a white police officer who shot an unarmed black teen. While discussing his views on the issue, Joyner shared his belief that blacks were brought to America as slaves as part of God's plan to teach this nation about freedom and that the large salaries professional athletes earn today are God's reparations for slavery.

"As the Lord showed me many years ago," he said, "He sent the blacks to our country to help teach us about freedom and liberty. You say 'they were made slaves, how are they going to know about freedom and liberty?' Wasn't Israel in prison, I mean they were made slaves to Egypt. You know, the only two people groups in history that were enslaved because of their race were the Israelites and the black people."

Citing the passage in Exodus in which the Egyptians shower the Israelites with riches as payment for their years of slavery, Joyner then said that the same thing is happening today with black professional athletes.

"I believe that's one reason for all the high salaries for athletes today," he said. "I rejoice in it. The bigger the salary that are mostly going to minorities, I'm saying that's the Lord doing that. They may not use it right or anything, but  the Lord is going to repay them":

Rick Joyner Had A Prophetic Dream Of Chaos And Revolution

Last night, Rick Joyner had a prophetic dream that was so terrifying that he felt compelled to issue an "urgent warning" to his supporters, informing them that the complete collapse of the United States will soon take place if our governmental leaders do not seal our southern border.

In his dream, Joyner saw the gate of Hell opened up and hordes of demonic forces in the form of ISIS and other terrorist organizations crossing into the United States across the border, where they began to systematically murder Americans in ways so horrible that he could not even bring himself to describe them.

As a result of these attacks, militias sprung up all over the country and turned against the federal government for its failure to seal the border, causing government workers to flee for their lives.

"American citizens became so outraged at their own government for letting this happen," he reported, "there was a huge movement or uprising around the country against our federal government ... This was such a national uprising, such a national outrage, there were states where all federal employees were fleeing, trying to get out of those states for fear of their lives."

"We are the most foolish and naive of all if we don't think this can happen here," Joyner warned. "This will happen here if some things are not done very quickly."

Joyner's recommendation is for the federal government to immediately close off the southern border and for county sheriffs to being to reach out to local militia commanders and establish good relationships with them in hopes of being able to exert some control when these uprisings begin:

Rick Joyner Says Some Christians Can Cure Ebola Simply Through Their Presence

On yesterday's "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program, Rick Joyner recounted the eight hours he spent in Heaven recently, as well as the regular face-to-face encounters he has been having with Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah, and the Prophet Elijah.

During his recent visit, Joyner learned that there is no Ebola virus in Heaven and that Christians are capable of taking authority over the disease here on earth. In fact, there are certain people who are given "total authority over Ebola," allowing them to cure people infected with the disease simply by being in their presence.

"Somebody with Ebola, they come into the room, the Ebola is gone," Joyner said. "That person is healed. It cannot live, cannot exist in their presence."

All Christians will one day have this same power, Joyner said, revealing that he even had a vision of children clearing entire regions of radiation simply through prayer:

Joyner: A Global Pandemic Is Coming, So Stock Up On Water Filters That Will Make You Immune To Cancer

On today's "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" broadcast, Rick Joyner warned his viewers that the rise of some sort of global pandemic (maybe Ebola or possibly bird flu) in the near future was inevitable and so they should be stockpiling food, water, and supplies so that, when it comes, they will not have to stand in line waiting for assistance and can instead use the crisis as an opportunity to spread the Gospel to those who will need supplies.

In particular, Joyner recommended that people stock up on water filters  - which they can buy through his website, of course - especially ones that can help users reduce the pH level in their bodies, which he says will make them immune to cancer.

"You know what that means?" he asked. "When your pH level get down to a certain level, cancer won't grow. You don't even have to worry about it. Yep, that is true":

That is, of course, not true, as the American Institute for Cancer Research explained back in 2008:

The unsubstantiated theory is based on lab studies that suggest cancer cells thrive in an acidic (low pH) environment, but cannot survive in alkaline (high pH) surroundings. While these findings are accurate, they apply only to cells in an isolated lab setting. Altering the cell environment of the human body to create a less-acidic, less-cancer-friendly environment is virtually impossible.

The most amazing thing about Joyner's statement is that, in addition to being false, it is also exactly backwards since lowering the pH level makes things more acidic. Since the theory purports that cancer thrives in acidic environments, using water filters that lower pH level would theoretically make people more susceptible to cancer rather than, as Joyner claims, making them immune to it.

Rick Joyner: Mules Prove Evolution Is 'Ridiculous' And 'Impossible'

On Sunday, Rick Joyner presented new proof that the theory of evolution is “not only ridiculous, it’s impossible.”

He claimed that there is no evidence of an entire species evolving: “You can mix a donkey and a horse and get a mule, but mules cannot reproduce. They can only reproduce after their own kind. We have no species change.”

“Why would a whole theory, everything taught in our schools, be based on something that is something that is so outrageously not only ridiculous, it’s impossible,” he said.

Joyner: The Founding Fathers Saw America 'As A Model For The Coming Kingdom Of God'

On yesterday's episode of "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events," Rick Joyner explained that he was not always what one would call a "patriot" because, as a pastor, he was mainly concerned with saving souls. Besides, he also had some concerns about some of the Founding Fathers and wasn't sure if they were really "inspired by divine principles, by biblical principles."

As such, he decided to look into the issue for himself in order to determine whether or not he should really care about what is happening to America and, lo and behold, God showed him "that America had been established by Him for a special purpose and I saw that purpose in the Scripture and I saw America in the prophetic books of the Bible."

In fact, during his course of study, Joyner also discovered that many of the Founding Fathers saw America "as a model for the coming Kingdom of God ... It was their vision of the Kingdom that they sought to bring forth in America":

Joyner: Satan Wants To Place America Under The 'Worst Totalitarian Police State' In History

Watching Rick Joyner's "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program is truly an exercise in futility because Joyner possess an amazing ability to speak for extended periods of time while literally saying nothing at all, resulting in broadcast after broadcast filled with nothing vague and contradictory statements.

This week, Joyner has been defending his earlier prediction that America is headed toward martial law and insisting that he still believes to that to be the case.  And, according to Joyner, it could be the key to reestablishing the Constitution ... or it could end up leading to the worst tyranny humanity has ever known. 

So, that pretty much covers all the possibilities.

But what Joyner knows for sure is that "the enemies of God have pretty much taken control over America" and have stripped away the right to expression, the freedom of religion, and the freedom of speech so that they are now on the verge of disappearing forever if Christians don't stand up.

After all, as Joyner explained, God showed him twenty five years ago that Satan's mission is to ensure that America comes "under the worst form to tyranny there has ever been on the earth, the worst totalitarian police state there has ever been on the earth":

Bentley: It Rained Gold During Our Revival In South Africa

Back in 2008, a revival broke out in Lakeland, Florida led by Charismatic preacher Todd Bentley during which thousands of people supposedly found God, had visions, and experienced divine healings of various diseases. Shortly thereafter, Bentley fell from grace when he divorced his wife and married another woman.

Rick Joyner, a close friend of Bentley's, then set about "restoring" Bentley so that he could eventually "be fully released back into ministry."

And that restoration process must have been a smashing success, because Joyner had Bentley on his "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program this week to discuss another revival that he just led in South Africa during which the "Winds of Change Angel" touched Bentley's current wife, causing her to become covered in gold that she could not wash off. 

Everywhere they went, Bentley said, everything was covered in gold, from their hotel rooms to the airplanes upon which they flew and even the meeting rooms where they met with local pastors.

"I had one meeting where we were in worship," Bentley said, "and you could see the Cloud of Glory with open eyes and it rained gold.  When I say it rained gold, Rick, I actually saw it almost looked like snowflakes of gold coming down":

Joyner: 'Our Only Hope Is A Military Takeover'

On yesterday's episode of "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events," Rick Joyner declared that democracy in America has failed and that the nation might not last even to the end of President Obama's term, warning that we are heading for a tyranny from which we can only be saved by a military takeover.

"There's no way our republic can last much longer," Joyner said, adding that "we're headed for serious tyranny" because the electoral system is so broken that the leaders we need who can save this nation will never win office.  That is why "our only hope is a military takeover; martial law":

UPDATE: Joyner's ministry yanked the video (along with three others) from YouTube. We have filed counter-notices that are pending and have reposted the video using a different video service:

UPDATE II: Joyner is standing by his call for a military coup.

A recent MorningStar TV Prophetic Perspectives program that I did on how martial law is coming to America has created quite a stir. Some were outraged and some glad that the obvious had been stated. Both of these responses are understandable. The stir that was created by this is encouraging. I obviously touched a nerve, as even the national news picked it up. At least for a moment, a lot of people are alert and listening.


I make no apologies for this statement, and I will stand by it. I did not plan for that program to be aired just as a government shutdown began. That is actually a gross overstatement for what is happening, and is one of many symptoms of the breakdown we are witnessing in our Republic.


At best, even with the best martial [sic] possible, martial law is a very dangerous thing. America is now sailing deeper and deeper into these most treacherous seas. If there was any prophecy that I have made that I hope does not come to pass, this would be one of the highest on that list. However, like it or not, see it or not, this is where we are headed.


When I began to see that this is now almost certainly unavoidable, I did receive encouragement that even if our present government collapsed, if we, as a nation, returned to the Lord, it would be used for good and not evil. It could be a reset, a jubilee, and our Republic could be restored on a solid foundation, one that would not be so easily shaken again. I still hold to that promise. Not only will our Republic be restored, but even more importantly, America will turn back to the Lord and fulfill our destiny and purpose.

That being said, without a soon and very radical turn back to what we were called to be as a nation, we are going to pass through a time of martial law in America. The crucial issue is who the martial [sic] is going to be. This could be a very difficult time, much darker than we can probably imagine, or it could be a time when peace and stability is restored, and the Republic is restored to its Constitutional moorings. That choice is up to Americans.

Boykin & Joyner Discuss Syria, Biblical Prophecy, And The End Times

Rick Joyner and Jerry Boykin are both encouraged but also concerned about the situation in Syria ... primarily because of what it might signal about the End Times.

Joyner is encouraged because he sees Biblical signs of the End Times everywhere he looks, which means Christians should be growing excited because the Day of Redemption is near.  But one Biblical prophecy that has not yet been fulfilled is Isaiah 17's promise that the city of Damascus will be destroyed and this prophecy, said Joyner, "has to be fulfilled before this age can end."

For his part, Boykin envisions a scenario in which the Free Syrian Army gains control of Damascus, prompting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to decide to unload every last one of his chemical weapons on the city, destroying it, killing all its inhabitants, and rendering it uninhabitable and thereby fulfilling this Biblical prophecy:

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