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When Murderous Crackpots Use Christianity
Murderous crackpots have used religion to foment their followers to kill. Granted, the Bible has accounts of God instructing people to kill or go to war in specific instances but that is missing from Christianity. No where in Christianity do you see Jesus or the apostles advocating killing anyone; either for their beliefs or even actions. Of course Jesus was no pacifist. He instructed in Luke 22:35-36 that while He once sent the apostles out without defense, He was now instructing them to sell their clothes to buy a sword. But no where in Christianity is there this thought that at some future date, Christians following their pastors will rise up and slaughter those who don't "obey".
Yet murderous crackpots throughout history have tried to make Christianity into a religion of murder. I'm not just talking about people who claim they are Christians behaving badly, but I'm talking about "leaders" who specifically use the foil of their religion and specifically their "position" to foment violence.
A modern example of this comes in a sermon by a "pastor" named Kenneth Talbot. Talbot has a self-made church, a self-made seminary, and a self-made denomination. In a "sermon" delivered in April of 2012 Talbot says:
Listen to the 133 second audio clip of him saying it with more context. http://thekingdomcome.com/sites/default/files/talbotwantstokill.mp3
The point is; this isn't God who is planning to kill people, this is men like Talbot who point blank tells us that "when [he and his followers] are in charge" they will kill people who they consider "blights on society" or "road bumps" that they "don't want to deal with". And what is more dangerous is Talbot is on the board of many otherwise respectable "ministries" such as Gary DeMar's American Vision and Jerry Johnson's Nicene Council. The ministries are helping to foster Talbot's murderous ideas.
But before Talbot, there were men like Thomas Muntzer who 1524 advocated much the same as Talbot does today:
Men like Muntzer and Talbot are reason enough for people to reject Christianity even though there is nothing Christian in what men like Muntzer and Talbot preach. But it is egregious when supposed Christians and other "clergy" stand by while men like Muntzer and Talbot corrupt Christianity and use it to spout their murderous ideas.
I urge you to share this article with everyone you know that has any association with Talbot or men like Talbot. They make a mockery of our Faith. They are elitist, egotistical men; insulated by their followers who have no accountability; seeing how they are often self-appointed by "boards" they themselves set up.
What's more, Talbot claims he is "Reformed" and "orthodox". In reality, even Martin Luther despised men like Muntzer and Talbot. Luther writing on the very kind of crackpot "when we are in charge" murderous ideas had this to say; ironically enough in a letter he called Against the Robbing and Murdering Hordes of Peasants:
Thus, we must make sure -- whether we are Christians or not -- that men like Talbot are NEVER "in charge" since they tell us outright their plans to kill people who do not "obey" what THEY say the Bible says. Ironic, since Christianity no where advocates violence against people who will not "submit". This sounds more like Islamic mullahs than Christianity.
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