Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Bush critics hell-bound, Jesus operated from "war mode" claims Palin's infallible pastor

Partisan Christian nationalism at its worst. Not surprising that Kalnins is the pastor of a non-denominational church; no pastor with any denominational oversight would get away with equating criticism of the pastor (or the president, for that matter) with condemning one's soul to hell. I don't even think the Pope claims that sort of infallibility and immunity to criticism. And the notion that Jesus thinks like a general in war mode should come as a surprise to all the Mennonites out there, as well as to those who've actually read the Gospels instead of just watching the movie.

Pastor Kalnins has also preached that critics of President Bush will be banished to hell; questioned whether people who voted for Sen. John Kerry in 2004 would be accepted to heaven; charged that the 9/11 terrorist attacks and war in Iraq were part of a war "contending for your faith;" and said that Jesus "operated from that position of war mode."
"I hate criticisms towards the President," he said, "because it's like criticisms towards the pastor -- it's almost like, it's not going to get you anywhere, you know, except for hell. That's what it'll get you."
We need to think like Jesus thinks. We are in a time and a season of war, and we need to think like that.

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