Christian clowns Rick Joyner and Dutch Sheets want a military takeover of the US

AMIDST the current chaos in Washington a leader of the newly emerging, re-organised Religious Right who has ties to prominent Tea Party Republicans has just called for a “military takeover”.

Morningstar Ministries head Rick Joyner – described here as “a leading prophet and apostle in the theocratic movement known as the New Apostolic Reformation publicly issued a call for a coup ­– a “military takeover” of the United States government and the imposition of martial law.

In a 2007 prophecy Joyner gave in tandem with  fellow wingnut, “apostle” Dutch Sheets, the lunatic explained, in a subsection titled “The Coming Kingdom”:

The kingdom of God will not be socialism, but a freedom even greater than anyone on earth knows at this time. At first it may seem like totalitarianism, as the Lord will destroy the antichrist spirit now dominating the world with ‘the sword of His mouth’ and will shatter many nations like pottery. However, fundamental to His rule is II Corinthians 3:17, ‘Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty’. Instead of taking away liberties and becoming more domineering, the kingdom will move from a point of necessary control while people are learning truth, integrity, honor, and how to make decisions, to increasing liberty so that they can. [Their emphases]

Demented duo: Rick Joyner, left and Dutch Sheets

Demented duo: Rick Joyner, left and Dutch Sheets

In a September 30 broadcast, Joyner said:

I mean, there’s no way our Republic can last much longer. It may not last through Obama’s second term. There are a lot of people that feel, you know, it can’t. There are forces right now seeking to undermine and to destroy the Republic. There’s almost a glib and almost a joyful disregard of the constitution, and a belittling of the constitution. We can’t make it without that – that’s our foundation, our moorings. We’re heading for serious tyranny.

I think we’ve been used in some wonderful and powerful ways by God, we’ve been one of the most generous nations in history, we’ve done so much good – and that’s why I appeal to the Lord – don’t let us be totally destroyed. Please, raise up those who will save us. And as I start telling friends from a long time that no election’s going to get the right person in there that can restore us because the system is so broken, so undermined right now – the whole system.

I believe our only hope is a military takeover: martial law.

After Obama was elected for the second time, Dutch Sheets said said “God would not be mocked” and:

I certainly believe America is and will continue to reap judgment. And I believe the fruit from the reelection of Barack Obama will be our most severe judgment to date. Let us not forget that the political party Americans just voted back into power boldly favors abortion, homosexuality, homosexual marriage, and that they voted God and the support of Israel out of their platform. And. I might add, booed when God was put back in the platform after the potential fallout was realized. God is not mocked, however, and will have the last word.

In an interview with former Reagan Administration lawyer Michael “Mikey” Weinstein –who formed the civil rights watchdog organization the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) after discovering a pattern of coercive evangelizing at his former alma mater, the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs – Weinstein said his organisation estimated that between 28 percent and 34 percent of officers and NCOs in the United States military were adherents to a supremacist form of Christianity known as dominionism who might back or at least be sympathetic to evangelist Joyner’s call for a coup.

It is a terrible mistake to dismiss Joyner as merely fringe. The opposite is true.

Weinstein emphasised that there are dozens of dominionist evangelical para-church organizations engaging in what MRFF views as predatory evangelizing in the military. “Complacency is complicity,” warned Weinstein, who called Rick Joyner’s call for a military takeover a “red line” and also a “wretched” form of “sedition”.

Weinstein added:

We are most concerned about a fusion between dominionist Christianity and the military’s weapons of mass destruction.