For those who think I over estimate the racism that now motivates the Republican Party and its Christofascists/Tea Party base, one need only look at the lunacy coming out of pillars of far right Christianity. These folks are obsessed with Barack Obama, a black man, being in the White House. It's not enough to continue to lie and claim Obama is really from Kenya or claim that he was not born in the United States. No, he's now credited by some in the Southern Baptist Convention, a defacto arm of the GOP, as opening the door for the Antichrist ! The fetid swamp fever that afflicts these people truly knows no bounds. A piece in the Associated Baptist Press looks at this delusional batshitery in the form of a new book by Robert Jeffress (pictured at left):
A Southern Baptist pastor who made news in the last presidential election for saying candidate Mitt Romney’s Mormon religion is a cult claims in a new book coming out this month that President Obama’s re-election is paving the way for the Antichrist foretold in Scripture.
Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas since 2007, says in Perfect Ending, due for release by Worthy Publishing Jan. 21, the Bible “is able to foretell with laser-like accuracy events that will occur hundreds and even thousands of years after it was written.”
That includes a coming Antichrist — a word that appears only in the Epistles of John but with parallels in other books like Daniel and Revelation — connected with the Second Coming of Christ and the end of the world.
Jeffress says that while past attempts to predict the specific date for Christ’s return were misguided, Christians can recognize prophetic events that might be taking place in the world and America's government today.
“For the first time in history a president of our country has openly proposed altering one of society’s (not to mention God’s) most fundamental laws: that marriage should be between a man and a woman,” Jeffress writes on Page 103.
“It is significant that the Antichrist will be able to persecute God’s people, seek to change God’s laws, and usurp people’s freedom of worship and commerce without any recorded opposition,” he writes.
“How could that happen?” he asks. “The only explanation is that prior to the appearance of the Antichrist, people will have already become so numb to immorality, apathetic and even sympathetic to the persecution of religious ‘extremists’ (which will be the new term for committed Christians), and conditioned to the government’s usurpation of personal freedom, that the Antichrist’s rise to power will go unchallenged.”
Jeffress delivered a similar message in a sermon at First Baptist Church just prior to the November 2012 election.
[W]hat I am saying is this: the course he [Obama] is choosing to lead our nation is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.”
I believe it is time for Christians to stand up and to push back against this evil that is overtaking our nation,” Jeffress said. “To stand up and push back against these actions that are paving the way for the final world dictator.”
I'm sorry, but these folks in my view are mentally ill and decent and moral people should give them no respect or deference.