“True love is never settled by compromise, but through bloodshed. Christ said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13) And the Christian militias who have risen up to fight the torrent of the Islamic sword that seeks to destroy their friends, their brethren, these are the ones who exemplify this eternal passage in the purest fashion.
These Christians are part of The New Militia, or the militia that foreshadows The New Crusade that is to come, in which Christendom will revive and destroy the enemies of God and the haters of the Cross, and establish the holy light over the wretched shadow of Satan’s darkness.”
Shoebat conflates two separate issues…the right of self defense and the spread of the Gospel.
We would affirm the right to self defense, though that is itself a doctrine that has been debated through the centuries.
We would not affirm the spread of something called “Christendom” through violent conflict.
That is what Shoebat is promoting using some of the most twisted exegesis of the biblical texts ever seen.
Awaken, holy Christendom!
Blossom with your beautiful pedals in the spring of the holy fray!
Take your inheritance, O holy Christendom,
From the pagans who stole it away!
Conquer with Cross and Sword!
Fight for Heaven and Your Lord!
Drive out the Muslim!
Drive out the Sodomite!
Drive the devils away with all your might!
With zeal we fight for God
And all the saints of holy martyrdom
For the blood of glorious martyrs
Awaken, O Christendom
My concern is that he’s recruiting young people into this bloody mindset…and doing so in many otherwise orthodox churches.
If you’ve read here any length of time you know that I’m a big fan of Jerry Lee Lewis.
Friends and family will tell you I’m more than a fan, that the music and the attitude behind it have been the sound track of my life.
Many of you have written me over the years to tell me how wrong that is.
I didn’t write you back.
Now, Jerry Lee has answered for me.
When word came out a couple years ago that Jerry was co-writing his autobiography I expected he would would hire a sycophant to co-write with him and intimidate him into writing what he wanted people to hear.
It was even more likely that he would quickly tire of the process, fire everyone, threaten to shoot someone, then go play a song for whoever showed up at the next concert.
The Killer suffers no one gladly…
Instead, he found a man who understands the music, the dirt, the Holy Ghost, and him and this is now the definitive biography of the “last man standing”.
You can’t understand Jerry Lee Lewis without understanding Pentecostalism and the American South, without understanding that heaven and hell met in a mans hands and soul and tore him asunder.
The co-author, Rick Bragg… understands.
The Pulitzer prize winner is a son of the South himself, a master story teller weaving an almost biblical tale together.
The result is a great book that not only captures Lewis, but is an opened time capsule about the South and the music that came forth from it and changed the world a lifetime ago.
All the dirt is here and Lewis apologizes for none of it.
He asks God to forgive it.
He’s an old man now, in his eightieth year…and he’s settling accounts with the Giver of his prodigious gifts.
He wonders if there’s grace to cover it all.
Now and again, thunder still rolls from his left hand.
1.When all the smoke clears and the legal maneuvering is done my guess is that the churches that once comprised Mars Hill are all independent and Mark Driscoll takes the brand with him. He is the brand…one that is doing about as well as “New Coke”.
2.Rumors were flying that Driscoll could end up teaching one night a week at Costa Mesa on his comeback tour. My sources called those rumors “foolish”. I concur…
3.I’ve become one of those people who believe that their cats not only understand English, but actively seek out conversation with their owners. If I start scanning the TV listings for episodes of “The Golden Girls” I’ll seek help….
4.What Richard Baxter was to the theology of pastoral ministry for centuries, Eugene Peterson is today…
5. I’m far more afraid of the people who are really afraid than I am of what they are afraid of…
6. I was harshly reminded once again that prospective employers (including state and federal governments) Google the names of prospective employees. I note also that “Google” is now a verb as well as a name…I digress. Take care of your online reputation and remember that everything online is online forever.
7.I will never understand the evangelical mindset that believes that all negative trends and events are harbingers of the Second Coming…and act like thats a bad thing.
8. I‘m having a hard time believing that the online rage I see in ever increasing measure will stay only online.
9. Your Facebook posts speak as much about your view of God as any theological profession of faith…
10.If when you teach about the grace of God your listeners don’t believe it’s too good to be true, you’re teaching heresy.
In case you missed it, here’s last weeks Calvin’s Corner.