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Twitter Erupts With Laughter When Roger Stone Says God Speaks Directly To Him

According to Roger Stone, the longtime confidant to failed, one-term former President Donald Trump, God speaks directly to him and has recently told him that Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) needs to be removed from office.

Stone made his remarks in Utah on Friday during a campaign event for Republican House candidate Jason Preston, according to HuffPost:

Stone told the crowd that he asked the Rev. Franklin Graham to talk to Trump about pardoning him. Graham said if Stone confessed and put himself in the “hands of the Lord” Graham would “guarantee” he would be delivered from his persecutors, according to Stone’s account.

“I’m convinced to this day that God gave Donald Trump the strength and the courage to pardon me in an election year and free me from this vile political persecution,” said Stone.

As for Romney, Stone remarked:

“God came and told me he needs to be removed from the U.S. Senate,” Stone recounted.

Oh, and Stone also claims all of this is part of a larger design that God has shared with him:

“This is a fight between good and evil. This is a fight between the godly and the godless.”

It didn’t take long before Twitter exacted karmic revenge on Stone:

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Lauren Boebert Claims Jesus Was A Victim Of Cancel Culture

If you thought you’d heard all of the bizarre and brainless crap that can possibly come from the mouth of Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), she actually managed to top herself in the area of stupidity while speaking to the Colorado Republican Party state assembly this weekend.

According to the Pueblo Chieftain, Boebert began by attacking Democrats:

“Democrats are scared, they’re asleep, and we are awake and not ‘woke.'”

And then the bullshit about cancel culture started, even though it’s Republicans who are actively trying to ban books, control people’s every thought, and mandate that only white Anglo-Saxon protestants are allowed to speak their mind:

“The left has tried to cancel us, they have tried to silence us, but we can’t be silenced.”

If Bobert has been canceled, how does she explain the fact that she’s allowed to say whatever she wants, including the crap she spouted to her fellow Republicans?

But it was what Boebert said next that should have brought down a bolt of lightning on top of her head:

“And cancel culture is nothing new … They even tried to cancel Jesus, but you can’t cancel God.”

Has this woman even bothered to read the Bible? Jesus wasn’t a victim of cancel culture. He freely gave his life for others, which was God’s plan for the world. The New Testament makes that abundantly clear, but it requires a person to read with comprehension and not use religion as a cudgel against your fellow man.

Boebert is facing a very uncertain bid for reelection in November. Here’s hoping the people of her district will kick her to the curb and never look back.

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Evangelicals Hoping Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine Will Put ‘The Rapture’ Closer To Reality

As the majority of us sit and watch in horror as the Russian military inflicts damage on the nation of Ukraine to satisfy the deluded fantasy of Vladimir Putin that he can rebuild the Russian empire and once again be a world power, some evangelical Christians are actually hoping that the war in Ukraine might help speed up the end of the world and the Rapture.

In case you’re not familiar with the concept of the Rapture, here’s what it involves, according to Britannica:

In Christianity, the eschatological (concerned with the last things and Endtime) belief that both living and dead believers will ascend into heaven to meet Jesus Christ at the Second Coming (Parousia).

Is the Rapture found anywhere in the Bible? No. Not even once is the word used. Jesus himself never uttered the word, either.

Yet despite that, many Christian ministers are preaching that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may be the beginning of the end. Of course, they said that same thing during both Gulf Wars and after the attacks on 9/11.

The Associated Press notes that Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas (a megachurch with over 13,000 members) is one of those who believes we could be living in the last days:

“Why does God permit evil like this to continue? …. Are we near Armageddon and the end of the world?”

“We are living in the last days. We’ve been living in the last days for the last 2000 years. We don’t know, is this the end? Is this the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning?”

Wow! Nice gobbledygook, Pastor Jeffress. You managed to say so much while actually saying nothing at all other than, Hell if I know.

There’s also the website raptureready.com, which rates the chances that the Rapture is near:

Their “Rapture Index,” — on which any reading above 160 means “Fasten your seatbelts” — was raised this week to 187, close to its record high of 189 in 2016.

Or perhaps you prefer the opinion of Pat Robertson, who came out of retirement just so he could take advantage of the Russian move on Ukraine and proclaim:

“You can say, well, Putin’s out of his mind. Yes, maybe so. But at the same time, he’s being compelled by God. He went into the Ukraine, but that wasn’t his goal. His goal was to move against Israel, ultimately.

“It’s all there. And God is getting ready to do something amazing and that will be fulfilled.”

Hogwash, according to Rev. Rodney Kennedy, a Baptist pastor, who chides evangelical leaders that insist on trying to use world events for their own purposes:

“This evangelical insistence of involving the sovereignty of God in the evil of Putin borders on the absurd.

“Rapture believers fail to understand that if they assist in bringing about world war, there will be no Superman Jesus appearing to ‘snatch’ all true believers into the safety of the clouds

“The rapture is an illusion; the rupture caused by Putin is a deadly reality.”

As is so often the case, the real reason for sermons about how Russia is supposedly fulfilling prophecy is to get people in church and opening their wallets. It’s fear and grifting. Worst of all, it’s done in the name of God.

 

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Pat Robertson’s Take On Why Putin Invaded Ukraine Is Beyond Cringeworthy

According to televangelist Pat Robertson, the Russian invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin is all part of God’s plan and is meant to help bring about the end of the world.

The 91-year-old Robertson, who was supposedly retired, made his statement Monday on “The 700 Club,” and what he had to say left many shaking their heads, according to Media Matters:

“I think you can say, well, Putin’s out of his mind, and yes, maybe so. But at the same time he’s being compelled by God. He went into Ukraine, but that wasn’t his goal. His goal was to move against Israel, ultimately.”

Compelled by God? Since when does Putin listen to God or anyone else?

Robertson then added:

“God is getting ready to do something amazing, and that will be fulfilled. And what Putin is doing, by moving as he is, to set up Ukraine as a staging ground for one of the armies, and then across is Erdogan in Turkey, and you’ve got between them that little Dardanelles area. And it’s going to happen. So I say, that is what’s coming up. Is Putin crazy? Is he mad? Well, perhaps. But God says, I’m going to put hooks in your jaws and I’m going to draw you into this battle, whether you like it or not. And he’s being compelled, after the move into the Ukraine, he’s being compelled to move to get a land bridge, and then across the Dardanelles with Turkey, and watch what’s going to happen next. You read your Bible, because it’s coming to pass.”

Those of us who’ve read the Bible can tell you there is absolutely no mention of Russia. None whatsoever. Russia never comes up. Probably because it didn’t exist when the Bible was written.

That doesn’t keep people such as Greg Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California from trying to make a square peg fit a round hole. Laurie writes:

But let’s come to the situation in the Ukraine. Many Bible scholars believe in the Ezekiel 38, as it speaks of Magog attacking Israel, that that is modern day Russia. I could go and talk about that for, you know, 30 minutes, why they believe that’s true. I happen to agree with them, but it says in Ezekiel that the Jewish people will be scattered and regathered in their land again.

We know, during World War II and after the Holocaust, Jewish people from around the planet began to return to their land. And Israel officially became a nation on May 14, 1948. So that part of their prophecy has been fulfilled. But then scripture says a nation from the extreme north of Israel will march on her called Gog and Magog.

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that this isn’t the first time Robertson has predicted the end of the world is imminent, according to HuffPost:

Robertson, who turns 92 this month, is a serial doomsday cheerleader. In the 1970s, he predicted a 1982 ending. In the 1990s, he predicted a 2007 ending. In 2020, he predicted Donald Trump would win reelection ― “without question” ― and it would lead to the end. (In that case, it wasn’t a war that would end the world, as he is currently predicting, but something a lot more natural, like an asteroid.)

Someone needs to put Pat Robertson back in the crypt he crawled out of, because he has nothing valuable to say.

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Franklin Graham Gets Shredded Online After Urging Christians To ‘Pray For President Putin’

Even though Russian President/mass murderer Vladimir Putin is on the verge of attacking Ukraine and potentially killing thousands of innocent people, so-called “Christian” Franklin Graham wants other “Christians” to pray for the Russian despot.

Graham announced his call for prayers for Putin on Twitter:

“Pray for President Putin today. This may sound like a strange request, but we need to pray that God would work in his heart so that war could be avoided at all cost. May God give wisdom to the leaders involved in these talks & negotiations, as well as those advising them.”

Be sure and notice how Graham conveniently neglected to suggest that we pray for our president, Joe Biden. As Americans, shouldn’t that be our first priority if we’re going to pray for anyone?

How about the people of Ukraine? Don’t they deserve and need our prayers now more than ever? After all, they’re facing the prospect of over 150,00 heavily armed Russian troops marching into their country.

Of course, no one should be surprised by Graham’s devotion to Putin. He’s visited Russia and had a private meeting with him:

Franklin Graham pursued his connections to Russia in person in November 2015, when he flew to Russia for a speaking tour of several churches. There he met with with dignitaries including Kirill. He also echoed Hilarion’s distaste for sanctions during an interview with Russian television, saying, “I’ve never been a supporter of sanctions.”

Before he left Moscow, Graham had an unexpected 45-minute meeting with Putin, during which Putin reportedly agreed to assist with the proposed summit on persecuted Christians in Moscow, the event that Torshin later offered as an opportunity for Trump to meet Putin.

So who exactly does Franklin Graham owe his deepest loyalties to? Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, or the Almighty Dollar? Because he certainly isn’t acting in a very Christlike manner.

Lots of Twitter users were deeply offended by Graham’s call to pray for a man who has his political enemies shot, poisoned with polonium, or confined to a gulag.