Author Adrienne LaFrance does note that conspiracy theories exist on the cultural and political left (maybe, kind of), as well as the theological and political right. But it’s clear evangelical Protestantism is the X factor in this growing threat to America and the world.
Oh, and we’re not talking about SOME evangelicals — digital prophets in a dark corner of the complex world of evangelicalism. We aren’t talking about evangelical heretics, people whose views appall the vast majority of evangelical denominational leaders, seminary faculty members and legal activists.
We’re talking about a new sect that is defined by its evangelical hopes and dreams, since the “language of evangelical Christianity has come to define the Q movement.” In fact, this could turn into a new movement — like the Seventh-day Adventists or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.The Atlantic probes QAnon sect and finds (#shocking) another evangelical-ish conspirac by Terry Mattingly
The views of the average mainstream Christian of 2020 would have dismayed the average mainstream Christian of 1980;
The views of the average mainstream Christian of 1980 would have dismayed the average mainstream Christian of 1940;
The views of the average mainstream Christian of 1940 would have dismayed the average mainstream Christian of 1900;
….etc, etc, etc.
No serious believer may place a penny’s worth of authority on mainstream Christian opinion. Obviously, it has no power or authority over anything: not the family, not the church, not the culture. Therefore, is either an emasculated imitation of God’s will — the lukewarm water is spewed out! — or has no connection whatsoever with the Maker and Shaper of Heaven and Earth.
Why follow proven, repeat failures?
Why follow people who can’t even see their own sins? Never mind repent of them, and again access the Spirit of God, of Holy Power and Righteous Might, of Great Healing and Overwhelming Victory?
I don’t see any fruits of their supposed obedience.
More importantly, neither does God.
The denominational leaders, seminary faculty and legal activists are just baptized echos of Established doctrine. There is no need to waste time consulting the hollow Christian copy, when you can go directly to the Secular source.
The serious believer is to focus on what the Bible teaches, and to focus on it’s commands, laws, ethics, and instructions.
To shape the world, so that it reflects the Vision of Jesus Christ.
His Word. His Law.
To build His Kingdom, in time and on earth.
To refute and beat back the darkness, whether hiding in dark corners or blaring in high places.
This is what a Christian is commanded to do.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.John 1:5, English Standard Version
And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.John 3:9, English Standard Version
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”John 8:12, English Standard Version
I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.John 12:46, English Standard Version
The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.Romans 13:12, English Standard Version
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.Matthew 5:16, English Standard Version