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Putin's American Fans Cheer His Persecution Of Gays, Ignore His Persecution Of Christians

Pastors thrown in jail. Religious texts criminalized. Evangelism outlawed.

These are all events that Religious Right activists— inaccurately —predicted would happen during President Obama’s time in office. But sadly, these are acts that are all too common around the world.

Most recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin has stepped up his attacks on Christians who belong to denominations other than the Russian Orthodox Church, particularly Protestants, Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Last month, Putin signed a law curtailing evangelism under the guise of combating “extremism,” a decision that is part of a broader trend of Putin’s government clamping down on dissidents, journalists, human rights activists and the LGBT community.

Even before this new law came into effect, religious minorities in Russia and Russian-controlled parts of Ukraine faced not only legal persecution but also violent attacks, including abductions and killings, from government-backed militias. Since the law was signed, state-sponsored attacks on religious minorities have only increased.

But none of this has stopped Putin’s American fans from singing his praises, even while they claim that President Obama has made the U.S. dangerous for Christians.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence have enthusiastically praised Putin as a brilliant and mighty trailblazer while at the same time accusing President Obama of hounding Christians at home. In fact, Trump has claimed that the U.S. government is specifically targeting him with a tax audit because he’s “ a strong Christian .”

U.S.-based Religious Right leaders, many of whom are now supporting Trump, have similarly spent years praising the Russian president for supposedly championing Christianity and for leading an infamous crackdown on LGBT Russians.

Conservative religious leaders like Franklin Graham, Brian Brown and Bryan Fischer have praised Putin for his attacks on LGBT rights. American LGBT rights opponents have descended on Russia in recent years to cheer on the government’s growing repression of sexual minorities, including laws curbing gay adoption and curtailing free speech that supports LGBT rights. Religious Right leaders have called Putin a “lion of Christianity,” “the moral leader of the world” and the protector of “traditional Christianity.”

Televangelist Rick Joyner recently said that “there is much more freedom of religion in Russia than there is in America,” where “we no longer have freedom of speech,” and radio host Rick Wiles called Putin an instrument of God sent to punish “the United Gay States of America.”

In reality, Putin’s government has done the very thing that right-wing activists falsely accuse President Obama of doing: arresting Christians, threatening churches and permitting Sharia law in majority-Muslim areas.

But it is Obama they falsely charge with being an enemy of religious liberty, and Putin they shower with praise in spite of his well-documented attacks on freedom.

The admiration for Putin from this segment of the Religious Right reveals an ugly reality behind their claims of religious oppression at the hands of the LGBT rights movement. For these activists, it seems, the persecution of LGBT people is actually more important than preserving true religious freedom, even when the welfare and freedoms of other Christians are at stake.

(This post also appears on the Huffington Post).

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.”

Trump Adviser: God Will Judge America If We Don't Elect Donald Trump

Last month, pastor Ramiro Peña spoke with televangelist Jim Bakker about his role as an adviser to Donald Trump, warning that if Trump isn’t elected president in November, God will judge America for failing to support a candidate who would try to do away with abortion rights.

“When a nation continues to go that direction, it will come under God’s judgment,” he said. “We need to ask God to have mercy on our nation and if we’re waiting for a perfect candidate to come along, don’t hold your breath, we will never have a perfect candidate. People, especially of my culture, say to me, ‘How can you support Mr. Trump when he has said these things?’ Look, I know what the other side looks like and it is so bad. Mr. Trump has said specifically, ‘I will appoint pro-life justices to the United States Supreme Court.’”

Peña added that while Hillary Clinton would hand the Supreme Court over to a “pro-abortion, pro-gay-marriage philosophy,” Trump would help the country “get back to the biblical values that founded our nation, a nation that was founded for God.”

Later, Peña cited the writings of Chuck Pierce, a self-proclaimed prophet, to suggest that God is raising up Trump’s candidacy, while Bakker’s co-host Zach Drew cited “prophet” Rick Joyner’s claim that “patriotism is going to win in America” because the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victory was a message from God.

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:

Right-Wing Activists Immediately Start Spreading Conspiracy Theories About Why Hillary Clinton Won't Be Indicted

For years now, American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer has insisted that President Obama does not want Hillary Clinton to succeed him as president and has repeatedly predicted that Obama would order the Justice Department to indict her over her mishandling of email while serving as secretary of state. 

Today, FBI Director James Comey recommended that the Justice Department not indict Clinton over the issue, so naturally Fischer went to work spinning a conspiracy theory on his radio program today, despite the fact that the theory he came up with directly contradicts his previous predictions.

As Fischer sees it, Comey has a reputation as a straight shooter who does things by the book and so he must have been "leaned on" by someone higher up - either by Attorney General Loretta Lynch or by President Obama - in coming to his decision not to recommend an indictment.

Given that Fischer has repeatedly stated that Obama does not want Clinton to become president, it is impossible to understand why he would now be claiming that it was Obama who quashed the indictment. But, for some reason, that is what Fischer is now suggesting, saying that Comey hosted his press conference today because "he wants the American people to know that she is guilty as sin" but that he was pressured into letting her off.

The AFA's Abe Hamilton, who was Fischer's guest on the program today, completely agreed and said that Comey's decision was "strikingly similar" to Chief Justice John Roberts' decision upholding Obamacare in 2015, which some right-wing activists are convinced he handed down only because he was being blackmailed by the Obama administration.

"Somebody is leaning on James Comey," Hamilton said.

Fischer and Hamilton are not the only ones floating this conspiracy theory without a stitch of evidence, as Rick Joyner took to Facebook today to suggest the same thing:

The FBI Director's judgement that Clinton should not be prosecuted was expected by many because everything has been so politicized that almost no one expects justice anymore. There was a misplaced hope in Director Comey like there was in Chief Justice John Roberts in regard to the Obamacare decision. These two incomprehensible decisions felt connected in some ways. No one could make sense out of Chief Justice Robert's decision to say Obamacare was constitutional because it was a tax, which even the Obama Administration refuted. It is likewise hard to figure out why someone as smart as FBI Director Comey would so blatantly contradict himself in the same press conference, and make the call that he did.

Many speculated that the only way Roberts made such a confused decision on Obamacare was that someone threatened him. This seemed feasible with all of the revelations that was then coming out about the info the NSA had been compiling on all Americans. Nothing else seemed to make sense. That is hard to imagine with the Director of the FBI, but in a similar way his decision just did not make sense, especially after his own statement about negligence in this case being a crime too, even if not intentional. How could anyone dispute that there was not at best gross negligence in the careless way Hillary handled classified information? Both of these decisions felt really foul, and somehow they are connected. I don't like conspiracy theories that can't be proven, but something really seemed awry in both of these.

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."

Five Right-Wing Predictions About Marriage Equality That Still Haven't Come True

Sunday marked the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality decision, which, if Religious Right activists were to be believed, was to usher in a horrible tyranny that would lead to mass deaths and war.

Of course, the Right’s doomsday predictions about what would happen if same-sex marriage became legal nationwide were totally unfounded, and only a tiny contingent of conservativescame to a protest the ruling in Washington, D.C., this weekend.

While the conservative movement certainly hasn’t given up on the fight against LGBT rights and is thrilled by Donald Trump’spromise to appoint anti-LGBT judges who would oppose the marriage ruling, many activists have once again shown that they are more interested in stirring up fears about the LGBT community than in the facts.

Here are just five of the craziest predictions that conservative politicians and pundits made about Obergefell v. Hodges, all of which are yet to come true.

1) War’s A-Brewin’

Many “mainstream” Religious Right leaders said that if the Supreme Court were to strike down state bans on same-sex marriage, Americans should prepare for a revolution.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, for example, said there would be an anti-gay “revolution” that would “just break this nation apart” if marriage bans were overturned, warning that such a ruling would “literally split this nation in two and create such political and cultural turmoil that I’m not sure we could recover from it.”

Mat Staver and Matt Barber of the Religious Right legal group Liberty Counsel made similar statements, with Barber declaring that “revolution is at hand” and Staver claiming that there would be a “new American Revolution” resisting marriage equality. Former House GOP Leader Tom DeLay insisted that “all hell” was “going to break loose” if the court sided with LGBT activists on marriage.

“We’ve got to fight to our deaths to save this great country,” said Cliff Kincaid of the conservative group Accuracy In Media, while Vision America’s Rick Scarborough vowed that he was willing to “burn” in defiance of gay marriage, which he said would “unleash the spirit of hell on the nation.”

One year later, no anti-gay revolution has occurred and Rick Scarborough has not self-immolated.

2) Secession

Just before the ruling, WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah called on governors “to secede” from the union in order “to offer a refuge” for the “millions of Americans” who he believed would flee the country as a result of marriage equality. “The rewards could be great. I would certainly consider relocating. How about you?” he asked. “If not a state, are there any nations in the world interested in a pilgrimage by millions of Americans?”

Focus on the Family founder James Dobson warned that the U.S. could witness a second civil war over a same-sex marriage decision and televangelist Rick Joyner predicted that the court would “start an unraveling where our country fractures like it hasn’t since the Civil War.”

Self-proclaimed prophet Cindy Jacobs, for her part, said that she and other “prophets” had heard from God about a great “conservative revolt” and a “War between the States” that would take place as states threatened to secede to preserve “biblical marriage”.

Conservative activist Alan Keyes said the ruling amounted to “a just cause for war” and was “likely to produce the separation and dissolution of the United States,” while one author, former Reagan aide Douglas MacKinnon, called on a group of Southern states to form a new country called Reagan that would not tolerate gay rights.

We are still waiting for such a brave governor to threaten secession.

3) God’s Punishment

Gay marriage would lead to a divine reckoning, many conservative pundits predicted, possibly in the form of a global financial crash, a nuclear electromagnetic pulse attack or “a fireball from space.”

“It is just a question of how soon the wrath of God is going to come on this land,” televangelist Pat Robertson warned. Florida-based pastor Carl Gallups, now a staunch Donald Trump ally, maintained that “this ruling may prove to be the final death knell of divine judgment upon our once great nation.”

Radio host Rick Wiles predicted that “God will cut off America’s food supply and this nation will be hit with disease, pestilence, drought, natural calamities and a great shaking” and urged people to flee the country.

End Times author Jonathan Cahn even wondered if God would use Hurricane Joaquin to damage Washington, D.C., as a sign of his displeasure with the same-sex marriage decision.

The hurricane, in the end, did not hit D.C.

4) Pedophilia

Following the passage of the 2009 law that expanded hate crime protections to LGBT people, many right-wing politicians and analysts falsely claimed that the act legalized pedophilia. Of course, it did nothing of the sort and child abuse is still a crime.

Many of these same people claimed years later that the Obergefell ruling would also legalize pedophilia, which, obviously, it did not do.

Robertson said the ruling would turn pedophilia into a “constitutional right” and permit “relationships with children ” (along with “love affairs between men and animals”).

DeLay warned that the ruling would pave the way for a secret government plan to legalize “12 new perversions, things like bestiality, polygamy [and] having sex with little boys.” Ben Carson, then a GOP candidate for president, suggested that NAMBLA would benefit from the ruling.

5) Outlawing Religious Belief

Predictions about the government throwing pastors in jail, outlawing the Bible, and even murdering Christians came flooding in after the Obergefell decision.

Mike Huckabee said that America was witnessing “the criminalization of Christianity” and that any pastor who didn’t want to officiate a wedding for a same-sex couple would be liable to face criminal charges :

If the courts rule that people have a civil right not only to be a homosexual but a civil right to have a homosexual marriage, then a homosexual couple coming to a pastor who believes in biblical marriage who says ‘I can’t perform that wedding’ will now be breaking the law. It’s not just saying, ‘I’m sorry you have a preference.’ No, you will be breaking the law subject to civil for sure and possible criminal penalties for violating the law…. If you do practice biblical convictions and you carry them out and you do what you’ve been led by the spirit of God to do, your behavior will be criminal.

No pastor has been arrested for refusing to officiate a same-sex couple’s wedding, reading from the Bible or preaching against homosexuality, all things that conservatives predicted would happen.

Some right-wing pundits even thought that the ruling would lead to forced gay relationships and parents losing custody of their children.

Many pundits, however, have wrongly used the case of Kim Davis to claim that their fears were realized.

Davis, a Kentucky county clerk, was temporarily incarcerated by a federal judge when she refused to abide by court orders which found that she was unlawfully denying same-sex couples marriage licenses. Davis, who boasted that she was defying the Supreme Court decision and subsequent rulings because she was working under “ God’s authority ,” was released after deputy clerks in the county office agreed to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Davis was not incarcerated because of her religious objections but because, in her role as a government employee, she clearly defied the rule of law. She was not attempting to exercise her religious freedom as a private citizen but was trying to impose her personal religious beliefs on the functions of government, and make all the people in her jurisdiction abide by her faith.

As Janet Porter warned in her anti-gay film, “Light Wins,” “our freedoms are on fire.”

Rick Joyner Claims 'Our People Died' Because Russia And China Hacked Hillary Clinton's Email Server

On the latest episode of his "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program, Rick Joyner stated that it's an outrage that Hillary Clinton has not been indicted over her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state, especially since it's been proven that both Russia and China hacked her server and that people died as a result.

"Some of the emails were classified above top secret," Joyner asserted, "and we do know that the Russians and the Chinese both hacked in, probably got all that information. We don't know how many of our people died; we know that some did. We know that some of our operatives have disappeared ... All this has come out in the news, it's all been public record."

Joyner's claims, of course, are nonsense.

Rick Joyner: 'The Simple Answer To Every One Of Our National Problems Is To Turn Back To God'

On today's "Prophetic Perspectives on Current Events" program, Rick Joyner explained that everything that is wrong in America today is rooted in having kicked God out of the public square but can all be reversed by simply turning back to God.

"We are sure making a mess of things without Him," Joyner said, "and it's been the result of trying to do things without Him. You can see the meltdown of our republic in all the things now that have built up to be such threats to our continued existence began when we said we're not even going to allow prayer to God in our public places. Well, you kick God out and you're on your own."

"We're at the end. We're about to totally destroy the earth and ourselves," Joyner stated, noting that this is exactly was the Bible predicts will happen before Jesus returns.

"The simple answer to every one of our national problems is to turn back to God," he concluded. "As long as God was our Lord and we honored Him as such, we were an unbelievably blessed nation and then from the very point — you can mark it to the year — when we said, 'God we don't want you in our public places anymore, we don't even want the mention of you, we don't want people praying to you,' we basically said, 'God, we don't want you any more in our country,' boy, it started the tailspin."

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 3/22/16

  • There will be a free showing of Janet Porter's anti-gay film "Light Wins" at the Great Oaks Cinema in Wadsworth, Ohio, tomorrow night.
  • David Lane warns that "whatever public benefits secularism may promise, departing from God's fixed boundaries and moral order bring bitter consequences in the end."
  • Rick Joyner says that Christians are rallying to Donald Trump because "the ones [Jesus] chose were more like Trump than those we tend to esteem. Even the Apostle John, who is now known as the great messenger of love, was so reactionary that he wanted to call down fire from heaven to consume those who disagreed with them. On the night before Jesus was crucified, the disciples argued over who was the greatest. Sounds like Trump to me."
  • If you were thinking that former half-term governor Sarah Palin's career couldn't get any more ridiculous, you were wrong.
  • Finally, an important message from Walid Shoebat: "Ted Cruz And Glenn Beck Praise The Islamic Antichrist And Are Paving The Way For The World To Accept The Islamic One World Government."

Rick Joyner: Bernie Sanders Is Popular Because The Communist Party Runs The Schools

Last week on “The Jim Bakker Show,” televangelist Rick Joyner explained what he sees as the real reason why Bernie Sanders has become popular, particularly among young voters: the Communist Party has taken over the nation’s schools.

Joyner said that the Communists have “taken over the media and taken over education,” and made sure that students are “taught socialism in our schools since they were young” while “we let them steal our history and take our history out of it.”

Sanders, Joyner said, is the candidate they’ve “been waiting for.”

Joyner made similar remarks while speaking with Family Research Council official Jerry Boykin recently:

Rick Joyner: Hurricane Katrina Was God's Way Of Punishing Gay People

Last week on “The Jim Bakker Show,” televangelist Rick Joyner repeated his claim that gay pride events are to blame for Hurricane Katrina, alleging that the storm was a sign of God’s judgment and “a wakeup call.”

Joyner also spent time criticizing the Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality ruling during a discussion about the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

After wondering if Scalia’s death was a sign from either God or Satan, Joyner again insisted that while he doesn’t like conspiracy theories, “there’s something really suspicious” about Scalia’s death: “There’s something really fishy about this that needs to be answered.”

“This could fracture our nation and bring about Civil War,” Joyner said of Scalia’s death. “It has that potential. That sounds extreme but, I tell you, you wait and see.”

This led him to declare that the Supreme Court has become an out-of-control force of tyranny and that the five justices who ruled in favor of marriage equality “need to be impeached.”

Rick Joyner: Donald Trump Acts Just Like Jesus And His Disciples

While chatting last week about the upcoming presidential election, televangelists Rick Joyner and Jim Bakker spoke highly of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, with Bakker comparing him to Harry Truman.

Joyner, meanwhile, made his own analogy, comparing Trump to Jesus and his disciples.

According to Joyner, Trump and Jesus were both “tough” guys who intimidated others:

You look at the type of leaders that Jesus chose, they were more like Donald Trumps. And think of how he treated him. We think of Jesus as just this big teddy bear, think of this, these are some of the toughest guys you could find. He puts them together — they hate each other when he calls them  puts them together, lives with them for three and a half years and after three and a half years of living with Jesus, the night before he’s crucified, they’re afraid to ask him a question. ‘John, you ask him. He called me Satan, he won’t call you Satan.’ Think about it. Jesus was a tough character. These are tough guys and they’re intimidated by him after three and a half years of living with him.

Rick Joyner Mathematically 'Proves' We're In The End Times

Televangelist Rick Joyner was the special guest last week on “The Jim Bakker Show,” where he mathematically “proved” that the earth has only been around for about 6,000 years, which means we will soon be approaching the End Times.

“You can add up the genealogies in Scripture and find that from the time of Adam until today, there’s been about 6,000 years,” Joyner said. “There’s one period in Judges that’s a little ambiguous so you have to give or take 100 years, but we’ve been on earth since Adam about 6,000 years. And that’s six prophetic days.”

Joyner then explained that a line from 2 Peter stating that “one day with the Lord is as a thousand years” means that “there will be 6,000 years until the end of this age.”

According to Joyner, since the earth is now approaching year 7,000 and “Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath, which is the seventh prophetic day,” that means that Christ’s return is imminent.

Jerry Boykin Falsely Claims 'The Naked Communist' Was Written And Published By The Communist Party USA

Rick Joyner was joined by the Family Research Council's Jerry Boykin on the most recent episode of his "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program, where the two lamented that young people are supporting the Bernie Sanders campaign because they have been inculcated with socialism by the public school system.

"The socialists had a systematic plan for taking over our educational system and they have pretty much done it," Joyner said, adding that students today "were educated by socialists to be socialists."

Boykin agreed, saying that communists in America specifically laid out a plan to do just this back in 1958.

"In 1958, there was a book written called 'The Naked Communist,'" he said. "It was written and published by the Communist Party USA and they laid out all the things they were going to do to take over America in time. It was a long term strategic plan."

That is, of course, totally false, as "The Naked Communist" was a book written by W. Cleon Skousen, a far right-wing conspiracy theorist and slavery apologist.

Rick Joyner Speculates The Scalia Was Murdered And Warns That America Is Heading For Civil War

On his most recent "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" broadcast, right-wing televangelist Rick Joyner declared that "something smells like a rat" in the recent death of Justice Antonin Scalia and warned that America could descend into civil war over efforts to replace him on the Supreme Court.

Joyner said that "you can't help but think" that something suspicious is going on regarding Scalia's death since no autopsy was performed.

"They rushed him in there and started the embalming process like they didn't want an autopsy," he said. "I'm not saying that he was murdered, but you can't help but wonder."

Joyner went on to say that just as the Supreme Court's Dred Scott decision eventually plunged this nation into the Civil War, the court's recent marriage equality decision is likewise tearing this nation apart and could soon result in a violent conflict.

"We are in danger of a civil war in America," he warned. "We are in danger of fracturing, not just into two parts, but into many parts. I pray it doesn't happen. I pray it doesn't get violent but if you don't change your direction, you're going to end up where you're headed and that's the direction we're headed. I believe you could see America fracture into six different parts, at least. We believe in prophecy, there are prophetic warnings about this that I believe are from above."

Right Wing Round-Up - 2/10/16

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.

Rick Joyner: A Carolina Panthers Super Bowl Win Will Be A Prophetic Sign Of The Third Great Awakening

On today's "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program, Rick Joyner recounted a prophecy delivered by evangelist Bob Jones, who, according to Joyner, declared years ago that a Super Bowl victory by the Carolina Panthers would be a sign of the start of the Third Great Awakening.

Despite the fact that Jones had once been removed from ministry for, among other things, sexually abusing women, he served as a spiritual mentor to Joyner and was highly regarded as a prophet by many in the movement. With the Carolina Panthers slated to play in the Super Bowl this weekend, Joyner recounted how Jones had not only prophesied the team's creation in North Carolina, but also foresaw that their first Super Bowl win would signal a nationwide awakening and movement of God, just as last year's Super Bowl victory by the New England Patriots was also a sign from God.

As Joyner recalled, Jones called him out of the blue in the late 1980s to tell him that he had received a prophetic message from God that "the black panthers are coming the Charlotte [and] they're coming to the lumber yard." Neither Jones nor Joyner knew what that meant until several years later when the NFL announced the creation of an expansion team in Charlotte to be called the Carolina Panthers, who, Joyner claims, built their stadium on the site of an old lumber yard.

"So we knew there was a prophetic destiny to this team," Joyner explained, stating that "many of the ups and downs that this team would go through ... were an incredibly accurate parallel" of the struggles of Joyner and his fellow Christians.

"Listen, I'm doing this program before the Super Bowl," Joyner said. "They haven't won it yet. But if they do, to me, it is a very definite marker of something remarkable breaking out ... If the Panthers win this year, we know it's all hands on deck and we are going to see the outbreak of, I believe, the Third Great Awakening in America."

Surely this has nothing to do with the fact that Joyner's church is based just outside of Charlotte.

UPDATE (2/8/16): It looks like the Third Great Awakening will have to wait.

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