The Religious Tyrant Refuses Democracy But Expects You to Submit to Tyranny

12 May

“That their more lowly path has been allotted to them by the hand of God; that it is their part faithfully to discharge its duties, and contentedly to bear its inconveniences; that the objects about which worldly men conflict so eagerly are not worth the contest; that the peace of mind, which Religion offers indiscriminately to all ranks, affords more true satisfaction than all the expensive pleasures which are beyond the poor man’s reach; that in this view the poor have the advantage; that if their superiors enjoy more abundant comforts, they are also exposed to many temptations from which the inferior classes are happily exempted; that, ‘having food and raiment, they should be therewith content,’ since their situation in life, with all its evils, is better than they have deserved at the hand of God; and finally, that all human distinctions will soon be done away, and the true followers of Christ will all, as children of the same Father, be alike admitted to the possession of the same heavenly inheritance. Such are the blessed effects of Christianity on the temporal well-being of political communities.” – William Wilberforce (1759-1833), quoted in Upton Sinclair, The Profits of Religion (1918), page 88

” ‘God has not changed his mind,’ [born again pastor Hank] Kunneman then said. ‘President Trump won. The nation is now in a place where we are being tested. God is going to fulfill what he has spoken through the prophets,’ he continued. ‘There are some prophets that have backed off, they’re not pressing in. And the prophets that will, the believers that continue to press in are the ones are going to be rewarded in this day. … These that are criticizing the prophets are going to see that they were, in fact, right.’ “

‘Great fear is even in the very bowels of Hell,’ he continued, ‘and those who are cooperating with evil. Why are they afraid? It is because of what I am in the process of doing and what I will do, that I will bring an independence day to this nation. I will deliver it. I will set it free.’ ” – from Cammy Pedroja, “Pastor Hank Kunneman Who Says Donald Trump Won Election Calls Biden’s Presidency ‘Test of Faith’ ,” Newsweek, May 26, 2021; https://www.newsweek.com/pastor-hank-kunneman-who-says-donald-trump-won-election-calls-bidens-presidency-test-faith-1589420

“ ‘I acknowledge no civil power; I am the subject of no prince; I claim more than this—I claim to be the supreme judge and director of the consciences of men—of the peasant that tills the field, and of the prince that sits upon the throne; of the household of privacy, and the legislator that makes laws for kingdoms; I am the sole, last supreme judge of what is right and wrong.” – Cardinal [Henry Edward] Manning (1808-1892), speaking in the name of the Pope, Sinclair, page 118

Artisan Hotel, Las Vegas. Photo: Marjorie Nureyev.

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