God’s Army: A short guide to Sarah Palin’s religious worldview

Sarah Palin on the stump with John McCain, with Kenyan pastor Thomas Muthee and as speaker at the Master's Commission graduation ceremony. Photos (L-R): WDCpix.com, YouTube.com, Wasilla Assembly of God Church.

Sarah Palin on the stump with John McCain, with Kenyan pastor Thomas Muthee and as speaker at the Master’s Commission graduation ceremony. Photos (L-R): WDCpix.com, YouTube.com, Wasilla Assembly of God Church.


Media coverage of Sarah Palin during the run-up to her debate with Democratic counterpart Joe Biden has focused increasingly on her apparent ignorance in matters of policy and public affairs, and understandably so. But it’s an open question whether all the things Sarah Palin doesn’t know are really more disturbing than the things Palin believes she does know as a function of her religious faith — a militant (and, where real-world politics are concerned, militaristic) evangelical creed that sees it as the task of committed Christians to ready the way for Jesus’s earthly return and subsequent thousand-year reign.

From her stance on abortion and her inquiries about book-banning to her appearances as governor of Alaska at religious events and her earmarks for faith-based projects in Alaska, Palin has clearly injected religion into her view of governance, much to the excitement of religious conservatives. But what are her beliefs, exactly? What do the words used to describe Palin’s background mean?

The Minnesota Independent offers the following glossary of key terms and people to attempt to get a picture of Palin’s religious background. Asterisks in the text identify terms that appear elsewhere in this mini-glossary.

First, though, this Bruce Wilson video from last month is the best available introduction to religion Sarah Palin-style, though it will probably make more sense to the uninitiated after reading the glossary.

Palin’s Churches, Thomas Muthee, Witchcraft and The Third Wave from Bruce Wilson on Vimeo.

Assemblies of God: The world’s largest Pentecostal* denomination with over 60 million adherents, AoG follows four central tenets: salvation through Jesus Christ, baptism in the Holy Spirit, divine healing and the second coming of Christ. Followers believe that speaking in tongues is an integral part of the baptism in the Holy Spirit process and is considered a gift from God. Historically, AoG was a pacifist denomination, though over time it has become one of the most avidly militaristic strands of Protestantism.

PALIN CONNECTION: Palin attended Wasilla Assembly of God from the time when she was 10 until six years ago, a total of 28 years.

Character Cities: According to In These Times, the “Character Training Institute is working to build evangelist Bill Gothard’s vision of a First-Century Kingdom of God — one city, one state, one school board, one police force and one mind at a time.” The movement is based on a reconstructionist view of Christianity, which holds, among other views, that the separation of church and state are the cause of social ills. CTI hosts conferences and encourages cities to adopt “character resolutions” through the CTI-affiliated International Association of Character Cities (IACC).

PALIN CONNECTION: As mayor, Palin reportedly attended at least two IACC conferences and took that information to the Wasilla City Council.

Dominionism: A school of thought, prevalent within Pentecostalism, premised on the belief that Christians must take control of the world’s governments and its resources to set the proper stage for Jesus’s return to reign over the Earth.

PALIN CONNECTION: While Palin was speaking at her former church, the Wasilla Assemblies of God, the pastor encouraged believers to pray for an Alaska that could be a home to Christians during the End Times: “I believe Alaska’s one of the refuge states, come on, you guys, in the last days. And hundreds and thousands are gonna come to the state to seek refuge.”

End Times: Many Christian sects are waiting for the return of Jesus, or for an apocalypse in which faithful Christians are saved and everyone else burns. Many, including Pentecostals generally and the Assemblies of God in particular, believe the End Times are occurring in the current generation–and have maintained as much for over 100 years. For purposes of most discussions, it’s closely akin to Millennialism*.

PALIN CONNECTION: Palin has been a part of End Times discussions both on stage and off with the pastors of her churches. A longtime associate of Palin’s told Salon that she believes that the end is coming soon. “She looked in my eyes and said, ‘Yes, I think I will see Jesus come back to earth in my lifetime.’”

Joel’s Army: A movement that uses militaristic rhetoric to encourage youth to establish a wholly Christian world–to convert all people in preparation for the return of Jesus. In the words of Pastor Todd Bentley, its leading figure, “An end-time army has one common purpose — to aggressively take ground for the kingdom of God under the authority of Jesus Christ, the Dread Champion. The trumpet is sounding, calling on-fire, revolutionary believers to enlist in Joel’s Army. … Many are now ready to be mobilized to establish and advance God’s kingdom on earth.” Adds John Crowder, author of The New Mystics: How to Become Part of the Supernatural Generation, “Everyone born after abortion’s legalization can consider their birth a personal invitation to take part in this great army.” The movement’s name is taken from the Book of Joel, in which a plague of locusts–God’s metaphorical army–descended upon and destroyed a sinful nation.

PALIN CONNECTION: Her occasional church, the Church on the Rock in Wasilla, sent its youth group to “The Call,” a training movement for Joel’s Army.

The Juneau Christian Church youth center called the “Hub” that Palin attempted to secure grants from the state of Alaska to fund describes itself in many of the terms used by the members of the Joel’s Army movement:

“Our name speaks our purpose. At ground zero we have a vision to develop youth that are marked by purity, passion, and the presence of God. This vision exists to create young people that will carry groundzero as a movement, not just a meeting. ground//zero is not a place, it’s not a time, but it is a movement transported by people that will impact this generation with a message that instills hope and a purpose. The movement meets Wednesday nights.”Several pastors at churches that Palin has attended have connections to prominent pastors that advocate the Joel’s Army movement, especially the Church on the Rock.

Master’s Commission: A replacement for college studies for young Christian adults. The program is international in scope and focuses on prophetic gifts, prayer, evangelism and scripture reading. Its emphasis is one- to two-year “discipleship-training program dedicated to making Disciples of Christ that will usher in the last day’s revival.” Example: the Master’s Commission in St. Cloud, Minnesota, says “There’s a prophetic voice calling out for the Army of God to arise in signs, wonders, and power. Isn’t it time to see what you and your God are made of?” The Master’s Commission programs are often led by prominent pastors in the Joel’s Army* movement.

PALIN CONNECTION: As governor, Palin spoke at the Master’s Commission graduation ceremony at Wasilla Assembly of God. It was the speech made famous by her statements about God’s plan with Iraq. The Master’s Commission of Wasilla has five components: Berean School of the Bible (work toward being credentialed with Assemblies of God), Scripture Memory (hiding God’s word in our hearts), John Bevere Curriculum (Under Cover and Bait of Satan), Francis Frangipane (In Christ’s Image Training), Steve Thompson (developing and operating in prophetic ministry).

Millennialism: The belief that some great transformation of the world and of history is drawing near. In a Christian context, it refers to the belief, per the Book of Revelation, that Jesus will return from the dead and, with his faithful flock, rule the earth for a thousand years. Christian millennialists vary in their attitude toward politics and wordly engagement; see Pre-millennialism/Post-millennialism entry below.

PALIN CONNECTION: See End Times entry above.

Pentecostalism: The fastest-growing strand of Protestantism in the US and around the world, Pentecostals are now thought to number over 500 million–roughly one in every four of the planet’s two billion or so Christians. (There’s a 2006 Pew Forum study about its growth in 10 select countries around the world here.) Pentecostalism is also the only major Protestant movement born in the United States. Though its theological roots are complicated, it arose in part from Calvinism, and specifically the Methodists’ 19th-century Holiness Movement. Two key founding figures were Charles Parham of Bethel Bible College in Topeka, Kansas, who in 1901 hosted a prayer meeting at which one follower began “speaking in tongues,” the first recognized instance of that phenomenon, and a minister named William Seymour who founded the first major Pentecostal outpost in Los Angeles in 1906, the so-called Azusa Street Revivial.

Early Pentecostalism was remarkable in part for its against-the-grain egalitarianism in matters of race and gender. Seymour and many of his early Azusa Street followers were black, and women also featured prominently in its prayer meetings and its evangelizing. It was a poor people’s movement, and tended toward left-populism in its view of the world. As the movement grew, it became markedly less inclusive, and the period of Pentecostalism’s explosive growth around the world in the past generation-plus has been marked by a very conservative turn on the part of American Pentecostalism.

Doctrinally, Pentecostals believe that biblical truth is literal and inerrant. They also believe that Christians who have experienced the salvation of Jesus Christ contain the Holy Spirit, and that speaking in tongues, faith healing and prophecy are manifestations of the spirit. Organizationally, Pentecostal denominations are much less hierarchical than more conventional Protestant denominations, and many theologians believe the resulting flexibility to tailor appeals to local populations has been a factor in their success.

PALIN CONNECTION: Four of the churches that Palin has attended in Alaska–Wasilla Assembly of God, to which she belonged for 28 years; Juneau Christian Church, which she has attended as governor; Wasilla’s Church on the Rock, which she attended for about one year before becoming governor of Alaska; and Wasilla Bible Church, her regular church since leaving Wasilla AoG in 2002–have roots in Pentecostalism.

Pre-millennialism/post-millennialism: A theological distinction that has great importance to the intersection of religion and politics. Author and American religious historian Jeff Sharlet offered this straight-to-the-point definition in a Minnesota Independent interview about his book on elite American fundamentalism, The Family, back in June: “What pre-millennial means is that you believe in the Rapture. If you believe in the Rapture, you believe that Christ is coming back any day. Maybe tomorrow. And once he’s back, he’s going to rule for a thousand years. If you’re post-millennial, you think that Christ’s not going to come back until you’ve established a worldwide Christianized government for a thousand years. A thousand-year Reich of fundamentalist Christianity.”

PALIN CONNECTION: Jeff Sharlet again, this time from a second MnIndy interview: “I think her instincts are theocratic. We saw that in the book [banning effort]. That’s essentially an authoritarian thing, especially if you look at the books she wanted to ban, one of which was called Pastor, I Am Gay, which was written by a local Christian conservative pastor who took a gentler approach to this. So there’s another level to this. It’s one thing to censor a book; that’s frightening enough. It’s an even more frightening thing to try and censor your neighbor, to try to put tape over the mouth of someone who lives right next to you and is a conservative Christian himself. That shows a real attention to detail that one finds in figures such as Stalin. I think there is a Stalinesque streak to her personality.”

In addition, several witnesses attest that Palin, then mayor, tried to have books removed from the Wasilla library. In addition, her church at the time, the Wasilla Assembly of God, was engaged in a movement to ban LGBT-oriented books from the library. The Assemblies of God have a long history of attempting to ban books, stealing books so they remain out of circulation or hosting ritual book burnings of materials that they find offensive.

Third Wave of the Holy Spirit: One of numerous terms used to describe a large and growing militant evangelical movement to which even theological scholars have paid little attention. (Other terms commonly used: New Apostolic Reformation, Joel’s Army*, Manifest Sons of Destiny.) As a scholar at the Talk To Action website writes in an invaluable survey, “The Apostles of the Third Wave believe that they hear directly from God, and have a divine mandate to form a new worldwide global church for the end times.  The Third Wave leadership’s greatest vitriol is directed toward those church-going Christians who are not open to the new visions and prophecies.”

Third Wave devotees believe, along with many other End Times* enthusiasts, that Jews must rebuild the Temple in Israel as a condition of end-times prophecy, and some further believe that Jews must be converted to Christianity to realize God’s plan. (The pastor of one of the churches Palin has attended–Larry Kroon of Wasilla Bible Church–has endorsed Jews for Jesus, and the head of Jews for Jesus has spoken at his church.) The Third Wave stresses an “active God” who works through Christians in the form of supernatural “gifts” and miracles such as speaking in tongues, faith healing and prophecy. The First and Second waves dealt mainly with speaking in tongues only. It has been condemned by the General Council of the Assemblies of God since 1949.

PALIN CONNECTION: Three of Palin’s churches have at least some involvement with Third Wave through regular guest pastors or pastor associations. Wasilla Assembly of God, Palin’s church for most of her life, has very strong connections to the movement.

Thomas Muthee: A self-proclaimed evangelical “bishop” from Kenya, Muthee is the minister who in 2005 bestowed upon Palin the now-notorious anti-witchcraft blessing that has made it into heavy rotation on YouTube (video’s here).  An exemplar of one of the many Pentecostal strains to take hold in Africa, Muthee was previously best known for claiming to have rooted out the cause of crime and hardship in a village called Kiambu: a witch named “Mama Jane.” Muthee assisted townspeople in ousting the woman from Kiambu.

PALIN CONNECTION: Muthee laid hands on Palin when she announced her run for governor of Alaska at the Wasilla Assembly of God. He asked God to protect her from witchcraft. He also said, “Come on, talk to God about this woman. We declare, save her from Satan. Make her way my God. Bring finances her way even for the campaign in the name of Jesus. … Use her to turn this nation the other way around.”

“Young Earth” Creationism: A belief that God directly created the Earth in a period of seven days at some point between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago. Among the many contradictions of geological fact involved in this belief is the conviction that humans and dinosaurs once coexisted on earth.

PALIN CONNECTION: Associates of Palin say they heard her confess her belief in young earth creationism. According to their account, Palin said not only that dinosaurs and humans had walked the Earth at the same time, but further claimed that “she had seen pictures of human footprints inside the tracks.”

Steve Perry contributed research to this story.

Comments

34 Comments

Noah Kunin
Comment posted October 2, 2008 @ 2:11 pm Exhaustive great research that brings it all together. Congrats, Andy/Steve. Digging this now!


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Kassie
Comment posted October 2, 2008 @ 2:37 pm This is very good research and very well put together. I hope lots of people see it. Krista Tippett who does Speaking of Faith on NPR just did a great show on Pentecostalism. If you have 50 minutes to kill, listen and see not all who follow Pentecostalism are conservative wackjobs like Palin. http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/programs/2008/azusarevival/


LeaveFaithAlone
Comment posted October 2, 2008 @ 3:14 pm Do you have any idea what Islam believes regarding the end of the age? Or about their desire to have ALL the world worship the “one true god, Allah”? The beheadings of those who don’t accept Islam? The great war between Islam and the Jews? Ever read Muslim teachings? My point is to say that ALL faiths have incredible stories about how the end will come, and who will rise to power.If you were to write an article about any Muslim in politics, you’d be shown as close minded and prejudice. Yet you rip apart any Christian’s beliefs.If you’ve read the bible…you should know…that ALL Christians (protestant and catholic) believe that Jesus is returning to set up a “kingdom” and all nations will worship him. Are you writing articles about those catholic politicians? It seems anyone who believes something with passion is burned at the stake…while others who say they believe, and yet live lives totally opposite are seen as heros.

Obama claims to have a Christian faith, and yet supports the right to kill an unborn child….which is absolutely opposed to the Christian (and Muslim, and Jewish) faith. It doesn’t add up. why say you believe something…and then spend your career fighting for the rights of women to do someting that your faith and morality is completely opposed to?

Wouldn’t we rather have a leader who lives what they believe, than one who says one thing, but does another? If Obama is so nonchalant about something as personal as faith, what makes you think he will be anymore diligent with governmental issues? How can you believe anything he says?

Palin’s beliefs are none of our business. Either are Obama’s. Or our Muslim friends in office. Put away your torches, people. (at least unless you are willing to write an expose on what ALL faiths teach about the ‘end times’.


TW
Comment posted October 2, 2008 @ 3:42 pm The author know how to research facts but does not present truth in this article. The author can’t even get the facts straight about Christiansity. At one point in the article the author says: “In a Christian context, it refers to the belief, per the Book of Revelation, that Jesus will return from the dead and, with his faithful flock, rule the earth for a thousand years.”Christians of course believe that Jesus is not dead but alive. He has already risen from the dead.When you put a bunch of unrelated truths together you don’t end up with truth…you end up with nonsense.


Andy Birkey
Comment posted October 2, 2008 @ 3:50 pm “Are you writing articles about those catholic politicians?” I suggest you check the archives for my past work. I write about religious extremism regardless of denomination.“Palin’s beliefs are none of our business.” They are if she uses them to get elected. They are if she uses them to guide her public policy.If she were an accountant or a journalist or a factory worker or moose hunter or any other occupation, it wouldn’t matter. She is running for vice president of the United States.

Check back with me when a fundamentalist Muslim runs for vice president. There will be an article if I’m not dead or in retirement.


Rodney Reasonable
Comment posted October 2, 2008 @ 4:46 pm LeaveFaithAlone: You bet her ‘faith’ is fair game. As Andy Birkey said, “She is running for vice president of the United States.”Unfortunately the Christian fundmentalist movement in the United States is as bad as Islamic fundamentalism. The core of both is that each of their respective righteousness is the truth and the only truth.Palin has demonstrated by her actions that she has fundamentalist beliefs that will shape her policies and how she governs. Since I find most fundamentalists rigid, unwielding, relatively uneducated to scientific fact that one can PROVE vs. ASSUME came from some Holy Spirit (which, by the way, is a ploy that can be used to justify ANYTHING), the American people want to know, and deserve to know, how “fundamental is her fundamentalism”.

Oh yeah, her non-answer to Katy Couric about which publications have shaped her world view — where she did a major “humma, humma” and couldn’t name one, is overwhelmingly my experiences with Christian fundamentalists. They don’t WANT to know anything that might conflict with, modify, or confront their irrational fundamentalist beliefs. To do so would shatter them into a million pieces, and their thinking side probably suspects that.

If McCain-Palin ends up in office and McCain croaks (a disturbingly real possibility), we’ll end up with Ms. Empty Suit as the producer of the new hit musical “Crusades II, The End Time”, or possibly leveraging all those Constitutional provisions Bush opened up in order to actually ban a few books, round up and convert a few gays, and shut down that pesky First Amendment.


David Buckna
Comment posted October 2, 2008 @ 5:44 pm ‘Creation science’ enters the race
GOVERNOR: Palin is only candidate to suggest it should be discussed in schools.By TOM KIZZIA
Anchorage Daily News
Published: October 27, 2006http://dwb.adn.com/news/politics/elections/story/8347904p-8243554c.html

Teaching Evolution – Is There a Better Way?
http://www.creationmoments.net/articles/article.php?a=21

Should Evolution Be Immune From Critical Analysis?
http://www.rae.org/critanl.html

The following suggested Origins of Life policy first appeared in the Buckna/Laidlaw article, “Should evolution be immune from critical analysis in the science classroom?”
(www.icr.org/index.php?module=articles&action=print&ID=411)

The suggested policy is a realistic, practical and legal way for local
and state boards of education to achieve a win-win with regard to
evolution teaching. Even the NCSE, the NAS, the AAAS, the ACLU, and
Americans United for the Separation of Church and State should find the policy acceptable:

“As no theory in science is immune from critical examination and
evaluation, and recognizing that evolutionary theory is the only
approved theory of origins that can be taught in the [province/state]
science curriculum: whenever evolutionary theory is taught, students
and teachers are encouraged to discuss the scientific information that
_supports_ and _questions_ evolution and its underlying assumptions, in order to promote the development of critical thinking skills. This
discussion would include only the scientific evidence/information _for_ and _against_ evolutionary theory, as it seeks to explain the origin of the universe and the diversity of life on our planet.”

Teaching Origins in Public Schools
http://emporium.turnpike.net/C/cs/teach.htm

Should students have the academic freedom to discuss information against evolution that is put forward by the evolutionists themselves?

“Both the origin of life and the origin of the major groups of animals remains unknown.” – A.G. Fisher, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia fossil section, 2003
———————————————————————
The following quotes are from Hickman, Roberts & Larson, Zoology W.C. Brown, 1997 –
“The origin of the ciliates [e.g. the paramecium] is somewhat obscure.” – p. 235
“Unraveling the origin of the multicellular animals (metazoans) has presented many problems for zoologists.” – p. 240
“. . . one of the most intriguing questions is the place of mesozoans [a phylum of animals containing only one organ, a gonad] in the evolutionary picture.” – p. 242
“The origin of the cnidarians and ctenophores [comb jellies] is obscure.” – p. 275
“Any ancestral or other related groups that would shed a clue to the [evolutionary]relationships of the Acanthocephala is probably long since extinct.” – p. 317
“The primitive ancestral mollusc was probably a more or less wormlike organism . . .” – p. 346
“No truly satisfactory explanation has yet been given for the origins of metamerism and the coelom, although the subject has stimulated much speculation and debate over the years.” – p. 365
“What can we infer about the common ancestor of the annelids? This has been the subject of a long and continuing debate.” – p. 365
“Controversy on phylogeny within the Chelicerata also exists . . .” – p. 379
“The relationship of the crustaceans to other arthropods has long been a puzzle.” – p. 399
“The evolutionary origin of insect wings has long been a puzzle.” – p. 429
“The phylogenetic affinities of the Pentastomida are uncertain. – p. 439
“The phylogenetic position of the lophophorates has been the subject of much controversy and debate.” – p. 447
“Despite the excellent fossil record, the origin and early evolution of the chinoderms are still obscure.” – p. 450
“Despite the existence of an extensive fossil record, there have been numerous ontesting hypotheses on echinoderm phylogeny.” – p. 465
“Hemichordate phylogeny has long been puzzling.” – p. 476
“However, the exact phylogenetic position of the chordates within the animal kingdom is unclear.” – p. 480
” . . zoologists have debated the question of vertebrate origins. It has been very ifficult to reconstruct lines of descent because the earliest protochordates were n all probability soft-bodied creatures that stood little chance of being preserved as fossils even under the most ideal conditions.” – p. 485 [In other words, there is no evidence for their evolution]
“The fishes are of ancient ancestry, having descended from an unknown free-swimming protochordate [a tunicate or lancelet] ancestor.” – p. 499
“To the cladist, however, the statement that humans evolved from apes says essentially that humans evolved from something that they are not, a trivial statement that contains no useful information.” – p. 204 (phylogenetic systematics = cladistics)
“Our concepts of species have become more sophisticated, but the diversity of different concepts and the disagreements surrounding their use are as evident now as they were in Darwin’s time.” – p. 205


Ice B
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 12:23 am American politics is a joke. Americans are jokes. A falling meteorite is brightest at the end of it’s journey. An empty vessel makes the most noise. Who cares about america? Who cares about your comments? who cares about Palin? Who cares about bush? Who cares about my comments here??? I just wasted my time even talking about this Godless degenerate nation. God Bless Amercia!


Russ Jones
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 3:56 am What are you afraid of? A strong woman of faith? Oh, I get it. Any faith, but an evangelical Christian faith. There is nothing “extreme” about being a follower of Christ. This is what I know… Sarah Palin nor I have nothing to lose with our beliefs. What if we chose to believe your way and you are wrong? Then, we have everything to lose.It is laughable that you would consider this “research.” You have reported nothing more than Palin’s faith journey. This isn’t a faith to “fear.”Whether you believe it or not – there could well be a day that you and everyone else in the US will be asked to bow to Allah and if you don’t – “SLICE” — you’re dead. Saudia Arabia actively evangelizes the US seeking Sharia Law – where they will not stop until the Islamic flag is hanging over every school, every post office, every government building.

You have your sites on the wrong target. You are deceived into thinking it is Palin and other evangelical Christians. How very, very wrong you are.


Sam
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 12:32 pm Do you really want to play the guilt by association game.
So Obama must believe every thing the Rev. Wright says since he attended that church.
Obama think this is the US of KKK and G** D** USA.
Obama had a Islamic grade school education.
Obama buddy is unrependtent Terroist William Ayers so he must believe everything the Weather Underground believed.Should I go on?


Rick Leland
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 1:22 pm Probably should delete this article and start over again. Just a huge mess of personal opinion shored up by incorrectly sights facts. And non-facts.


pam frank
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 3:19 pm I am so amazed at how ready people are to follow and believe in something that is not real. Religion is man made. Are you all afraid of dying so much that you have to believe you will live forever!!


RALPH
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John K
Comment posted October 4, 2008 @ 1:55 pm Voter Issue Guide: 2008 Presidential Race
http://www.afa.net/08VG/index.html


JaylikeBird
Comment posted October 4, 2008 @ 11:27 pm “RALPH”– that’s the funniest thing I’ve read this week. I think very shortly here we can move on to full mockery. Unfortunately, the Evangelical wackos might snatch up all the comedy points by making full mockery of themselves first.


John K
Comment posted October 5, 2008 @ 3:42 pm JaylikeBird, take it down to the local mosque and mock Allah. We’ll see who gets the last laugh.


Justin P
Comment posted October 5, 2008 @ 9:10 pm Sarah Palin is a Bible believing Christian. The Millenium, the Last day revival and raising of armies of both light and darkness, and Pentecostal experience are all Biblical. If you believe the Bible, you cannot deny these things.
I would appeal to anyone reading this article that you should consider the Bible as well. It is a Great Book, unparalleled in history. There will certainly come a day when all will stand before God and give account to Him of the lives they have lived.
All will be guilty on that day. The Ten commandments tell us that lying, stealing, lusting, hating, coveting, idolatry, and every other sin are deserving of hell. Unless you repent and trust in Jesus, as Sarah Palin has, you will face judgment on that day.


idratherbeanonymous
Comment posted October 6, 2008 @ 1:08 pm People tend to forget that Islam, Christianity, and Judiasm all believe in one God. It may be in different forms (i.e. the idea of Trinity for Christians. All 3 religions believe in peace, believe it or not. All 3 believe that Jesus is coming, and that the Day of Judgment will come. All 3 believe that you will stand in front of God where you will be judged for your good deeds and your sins. You can’t depend on politics to give you all the facts on religion, and you can’t say everyone who follows their belief to an “extreme” is a wacko, just like you can’t say people who don’t follow an affiliated religion is going to go to hell. What’s wrong with thousands of people, and that includes Sarah Palin, is that they’re not willing to understand, and therefore not willing to accommodate for those that have beliefs that are different from their own. We live in a country where that kind of attitude should be unacceptable (I say “should be” and not “is” because while there is a large diversity, a lot of politicians cannot separate church from state). McCain and especially she are both unfit to run this nation because of their close minded opinions.*I hope I didn’t offend anyone by excluding their religions. I just put the 3 religions that are widely discussed in the media.


angel
Comment posted October 6, 2008 @ 5:39 pm I don’t beleive anyone should speak against some one else beleifs. This is understood by those that read and study the word of god and there are a such thing as demons in which you can be free from through faith and prayer. This are backed up by the word.


linda
Comment posted October 6, 2008 @ 5:48 pm This is so informative.


ann
Comment posted October 6, 2008 @ 5:55 pm Sounds like voodoo to me.


The Truth
Comment posted October 6, 2008 @ 6:26 pm Andy and All,You better pray you don’t die. There will be hell to pay. What is it in Sheol that you want to see? With your words you are justified and with your words you are condemned. The ironic part of life is that everyone will know the truth AFTER they die. The trick is to learn the truth BEFORE you die. Elohim said make no mistake about it, I will not be mocked. Your words have been heard and your judgment has been set by your own heart. Your only option at this point is repentance. History is repeating itself. We are living as in the days of Noah.People have no clue what’s really happening behind the scenes to fulfill biblical prophecy. If people knew the truth they would be very afraid. Yahushua warned us that these things MUST happen. Google ‘Amero’ and ‘RFID ink’ for a sneak peak. Chuck Baldwin is the right choice for America but Obama will win to fulfill prophecy. Our suffering economy was intentionally staged to position Obama as a savior for America. Black or not, his true fruit has been revealed to us several times. It has been right in our faces all along. Once he gets in office it will be terrible for everyone unprotected. He who has ears let him hear. He who has eyes let him see. The LYYHT will shine on the truth soon for those of you who want to see and hear it.


D Oden
Comment posted October 6, 2008 @ 10:01 pm I saw a trailer on CNN that the Palin’s tax returns for 2006 and 2007 showed they earned $170,000. and paid $25,000 in taxes. Why were their taxes only 14.7% percent when my husband and I were taxed at the rate of 33% and our income did not exceed $65,000?Also, it was mentioned on a television talk show that Sarah Palin cannot identify with the average person “Joe 6-Pack” or “Hockey Mom” because her family lives in a Million Dollar home. How does anyone with a $170,000 income qualify for a $1,000,000 house?? Also, not everyone who is voting drinks beer or even has a child at home. Who cares about that?The pundits are using the correct terminology when they describe Sarah Palin at the “debate” – it was merely a “performance”. It was very disrespectful for her not to answer the questions she was asked. She allowed her personal prejudices to be in the forefront. If you are a leader of people, shouldn’t the needs and desires of ALL the people be met? If she gets to be VP will that mean she will acknowledge only Republicans and rebuke Democrats?

She an McCain are treating this who issue like a game. A very expensive game. Why in the world do these people spend millions of dollars to buy a job that pays $400,000 a year. It seems that Sarah Palin will say anything and do anything to get the VP job.

The FDIC insured amount up to $100,000 is as outdated as the $255.00 death benefit given by the Social Security Administration.


Jonathan
Comment posted October 8, 2008 @ 11:01 am I find the right wing perversion of Christianity terrifying. They are no different than the Taliban or the extremists we are fighting. See, the key is that we shouldn’t just be opposing the Muslim extremists who pervert their faith, but also these people. Being Christian, I have grown tired of see my faith manipulated and corrupted to become the opposite of what Jesus taught.When the bible spoke of the anti-Christ, it wasn’t speaking of a Satanic version of Jesus, but people and organizations who claimed to be Christian but didn’t actually follow Christian teachings. I have come to realize that right wing, fundamentalist Christianity is the antithesis of everything that Jesus taught. This version of Christianity is the Anti-Christ.


jj
Comment posted October 9, 2008 @ 7:16 pm Amen, Jonathan!


SKR
Comment posted October 12, 2008 @ 3:30 pm THIS WAS A VERY INFORMATIVE ARTICLE..IT GIVES ME A VERY UNTRUSTING FEELING ABOUT HER. IF SHE WAS TO HAVE ANY HIGHER POWER THAN THE GOVERNOR, WOULD SHE BE A DANGER TO AMERICA? I FEEL HER TYPE OF CHRISTIANITY IS TOO TWISTED FOR THE JOB OF COMMANDER AND CHIEF AND SHE WOULD BE A THREAT TO THE STABILITY OF THE WORLD (SHE TALKS TOO MUCH LIKE A PROGRAMMED DUMMY). KEEP HER WHINNY VOICE UP IN ALASKA…SHE IS NOT FIT TO MAKE ANY MAJOR DECISIONS, SHE IS NOT A HONEST PERSON I CAN HEAR IT IN HER VOICE.. FROM A REAL CHRISTIAN WITH A HEART


Mr Earl
Comment posted October 16, 2008 @ 1:38 am Briefly,I believe in Jesus Christ and he is our Lord and Savior. He gives us free will and I believe in abortion but in instances of coherent parental decisions, cases based on incess, rape and if the mother has health issues detrimental to her health/life. Other than that it should be a “right” but not a loose cannon to be liberal about. In Palin’s case, her age and risk resulted in child with “dow” syndrome and she was aware of the risks and personally she opted to have the child verses her beliefs to have him. Others may not be positioned socieconomically to do so.In revelations, it speaks of “End Times” and signs are prevelant but while we are still here believers in Christ must continue to do his “Will” or “Good Works” and that alone still will not gurantee you a ticket to heaven as what is in you heart will culminate your destination once you either die or when Christ returns. We need not be hyprocrits but realistic and not self absorbing. That’s the problem with many in government, Congress, Politicians as in the times when Christ was here among men. He worked with “oppressed” and knew the “Law”. We tend to forget in this day and age nothing has change as the bible gives multiple examples thru stories written therein.

Obama is the lesser of two evils here and using the term “evil” is figuratively express as politically motivated. He is a good candidate and has always stuck to the issues. His opponents are trying to use Obama’s camp “Change” as their own theme when in fact they want to resume the Republican “Same Old Business” with a new pretty face in the mix which is a mistake because Palin is obviously a puppet used to envelop white men/women to vote agains Obama and Bidnen. It’s a trip!


hartman_john
Comment posted October 16, 2008 @ 1:13 pm god’s army is over at Cretin High.


JR EP
Comment posted January 11, 2010 @ 12:44 am Think of the thousand “Obamessiah” videos up on youtube… at least Palin believes in the real God. People voted for Obama thinking he WAS some sort of god or substitute for Jesus. At first it was creepy, now it’s just downright ridiculous and pathetic to look back on. It’s embarassing. These people who claim to be “above religion” were ready to worship and go delusionally crazy for Obama. Well ask them, did they get the “HOPE” and “CHANGE” they were looking for?!Is there world peace now?! Have your lives all been transformed? Do you still sing “Yes We Can” to sleep?*sigh*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBk32JsV9l8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTRo4OXM0l8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zN_NNZyh43s


Walt
Comment posted September 5, 2010 @ 8:02 am WOW! The only thing missing here are the torches to burn the big bad witch! Folks, this is not Salem, the witch trials ended over 300 years ago. But I see some are not going to be happy until Sarah palin is hanging from a tree or pressed by a slab of stone. We are headed for hell in a handbasket, and we are running out of handbaskets!


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Jack
Comment posted November 22, 2010 @ 1:22 pm Memo to all conservative, religious, nut jobs:The Constitution of the United States calls for the separation of church and state. This is an indisputable fact. Read the First Amendment people. The following phrase from the First Amendment is very clear: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. There is a very good reason why our country’s founders included this in the Constitution. History is full of countless examples of horrible acts committed against people by a church with too much power in the government.I am fed up with conservatives claiming to be more “American” or more patriotic than liberals. I am also tired of hearing conservatives complain that liberals are trying to force their values on them. The opposite is actually the truth. Conservatives are always talking about how they want to restrict the freedoms of other people based on their religious beliefs and moral values. Liberals are not trying to force anything on anyone. Wanting to enjoy the freedoms guaranteed by our constitution is our right as American citizens.