Having recovered from COVID, right-wing pastor Rick Joyner, the head of MorningStar Ministries, is right back to encouraging Christians to (once again) prepare for the onset of a civil war.
Who’s fighting? Who knows. But Christians, he says, are at risk.
“I tell you we have to be ready to defend our families, our communities, our neighbors, our churches, everything because it is coming home,” Joyner said. “I don’t believe there’s going to be a neighborhood exempt from what’s coming.”
“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,’” he continued. “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.”
“Even Jesus said at one point, ‘I didn’t come to bring peace, I came to bring a sword,’” Joyner added. “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 closest we’ve come to a civil war in recent memory was in the first week of 2021, when Trump supporters who share Joyner’s brand of faith and politics stormed the Capitol. Remember that? Many people feared further outbreaks of violence after Inauguration Day, when it would become clear (or should have been) that Joe Biden was officially the 46th president of the United States.
So who is it that wants this war? Clearly it’s not liberals, who Joyner thinks are constantly plotting to take away conservatives’ guns. I guess that just leaves Joyner’s own base. He never actually states a reason for this “inevitable” war. That’s because there isn’t one. They don’t have much to complain about, certainly nothing that’s unique to them.
Incidentally, a different “prophet” claimed this week that there would not be a civil war. So someone must be wrong. Will their followers notice?
(via Right Wing Watch)