The history of American celebrity evangelicalism is a history laced with sensational frauds who knew how to pluck the emotional strings and wallets of the gullible faithful.
In the mid twentieth century it was a coterie of faith healers who roamed the country with their tents and an assortment of leg braces and wheelchairs allegedly left behind by those healed.
The seventies and eighties were the decades of the demon busters like the fraudulent “former Satanist” Mike Warnke.
While there is still money to be made plowing those old fields, the fake de jour of our time is the “former terrorist”.
Ergun Caner had this gig down to an art form until he was exposed for the liar he is.
This brings us to one Walid Shoebat.
Shoebat, like Caner claims to be a former Muslim radical who converted to Christ.
Also like Caner, there are grave doubts about the stories he tells to prove it.
Both have found itching ears and easy honorariums inside Calvary Chapel and other independent sects because of their support of Israel and dispensational eschatology.
This would not be worth writing about except for the fact that Shoebat is calling for a new Crusade to wipe out Islam and spread Christianity at the point of a sword.
“True love is never settled by compromise, but through bloodshed. Christ said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13) And the Christian militias who have risen up to fight the torrent of the Islamic sword that seeks to destroy their friends, their brethren, these are the ones who exemplify this eternal passage in the purest fashion.
These Christians are part of The New Militia, or the militia that foreshadows The New Crusade that is to come, in which Christendom will revive and destroy the enemies of God and the haters of the Cross, and establish the holy light over the wretched shadow of Satan’s darkness.”
Shoebat conflates two separate issues…the right of self defense and the spread of the Gospel.
We would affirm the right to self defense, though that is itself a doctrine that has been debated through the centuries.
We would not affirm the spread of something called “Christendom” through violent conflict.
That is what Shoebat is promoting using some of the most twisted exegesis of the biblical texts ever seen.
Awaken, holy Christendom!
Blossom with your beautiful pedals in the spring of the holy fray!
Take your inheritance, O holy Christendom,
From the pagans who stole it away!
Conquer with Cross and Sword!
Fight for Heaven and Your Lord!
Drive out the Muslim!
Drive out the Sodomite!
Drive the devils away with all your might!
With zeal we fight for God
And all the saints of holy martyrdom
For the blood of glorious martyrs
Awaken, O Christendom
My concern is that he’s recruiting young people into this bloody mindset…and doing so in many otherwise orthodox churches.
When will we learn?