Right-Wing Pastor Wants American Christians to Prepare for Civil War

Conservative pastor Rick Joyner said on Monday that American Christians should be arming and bracing themselves for a second civil war because of the influx of immigrants into the United States from Central and South America.

Appearing via Skype on The Jim Bakker Show, Joyner foretold war as inevitable and that Jesus Christ would be glad to see it.

First, he blamed immigrants from Central and South America for destabilizing the country:

With the environment that’s being created now, especially with what I think is pouring now across our southern border, I tell you, we have to be ready to defend our families, our communities, our neighbors, our churches, everything because it is coming home. I don’t believe there’s going to be a neighborhood exempt from what’s coming. And we have to do that. You know, when the scripture says that those who do not provide for their families are worse than the infidels, well one thing we have to provide is security for our families. And so we’re telling our people, ‘You really need to be able to protect your own family, and you need to be able to gather together with others who are going to join together to protect their neighborhoods.’

Then came the message from God:

 In that dream I saw militias popping up like mushrooms all over the country. These weren’t racist militias. They weren’t evil. All they want to do was protect their communities. And the Lord showed me in this dream that he had seeded our whole country with a provision to defeat this onslaught, and the seeds that he has sown throughout our country to defeat it were the veterans of the Afghan and Iraqi wars who knew how to fight urban warfare and everything else but they would be the provision.

Jesus wants war or maybe another round of the Crusades, according to Joyner:

Even Jesus said at one point, ‘I didn’t come to bring peace, I came to bring a sword,’ and he talked about where that sword was going to divide. We’re in that time right now. You can go on praying for unity and for the parties to come together and all that, but it’s not the time for that. That’s not going to happen right now. The Lord also said, ‘there will be a time to sell your coat and buy a sword.’ The sword was the weapon of the day – of their time, not of our time – but it was a weapon to defend the faith, to defend everything. So, uh, the most powerful weapons we have are not carnal weapons, we understand that.

The USA was not and has never been established as a Christian nation. Not that it matters to extremists like Joyner, however:

But the war that is unfolding, it’s going right down to, I think, every neighborhood in every community, every city, and it will be a civil war,. It’s going to be, I think, increasingly worse with the increasing time it takes for Americans to stand up and push back against this evil that has been taking over our land. There’s a time for peace and a time for war, it says in Ecclesiastes. Well, we’re not headed towards peace right now, we’re headed towards conflict and war, and we need to prepare for it. We need to put out the word. People need to be prepared.

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