You’d think a pastor who helps people experience “Holy Laughter” would have a sense of humor about it… but you’d be wrong.
In fact, conservative Christian pastor and conspiracy theorist extraordinaire Rodney Howard-Browne, perhaps best known to critics for praying over Donald Trump in the Oval Office, is lashing out at people who are criticizing his laughter-based religious ceremonies.
Howard-Browne says his revivals, which he has been putting on for decades, fill people with the “Holy Spirit” until they have a laughing fit.
But now that outsiders are laughing at him, he’s not happy. Some have called his practice “heresy,” but Howard-Browne says they are blaspheming the Holy Spirit.
During an appearance on Sheila Zilinsky’s podcast yesterday, Howard-Browne was asked how he deals with the “complete jackals” who criticize his Holy Laughter revival and he responded by warning his critics about the unpardonable sin mentioned by Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels.
In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus warns that any sin can be forgiven except for blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which Howard-Browne asserted is exactly what his critics are doing.
“That’s a full-blown attack on the Holy Spirit,” he said. “I’m telling you right now, they’re blaspheming the Holy Ghost. Jesus said, ‘Whatever is said against me will be forgiven, whatever is said against my Father will be forgiven, but whatever is said against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, not in this world or the world to come.’”
“Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is when you attribute the work of the Holy Spirit to the work of a demon spirit,” Howard-Browne added. “I feel very sorry for some people because whey they cross over into eternity, they are going to realize that they crossed so many lines.”
Howard-Browne didn’t stop there. The right-wing pastor went as far as to compare himself to Jesus, saying “anyone who attacks the Holy Spirit and His movings and His workings are antichrist.”
“They are attacking the very ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ himself.”
Here you can see the pastor making people laugh in the name of God as recently as yesterday:
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) May 24, 2018
Well, I’m no Christian, but I’ve read the Bible enough to know that Jesus doesn’t pretend giggling is an internal expression of divine power. Jesus didn’t heal someone, and then wait for them to burst into a laughing fit. Howard-Browne is just deflecting. If people are criticizing his laughing shtick, maybe it’s not because they hate Jesus. Maybe they just realize it’s nonsense.
(via Right Wing Watch)