This is the fifty-seventh installment in The Sounds of Fundamentalism series. This is a series that I would like readers to help me with. If you know of a video clip that shows the crazy, cantankerous, or contradictory side of Evangelical Christianity, please send me an email with the name or link to the video. Please do not leave suggestions in the comment section. Let’s have some fun!
Today’s Sound of Fundamentalism is a clip taken from a sermon preached by Jack Hyles, pastor of First Baptist Church, Hammond, Indiana. Some of Hyles’ followers see this 1970 sermon as a prophecy of the rise of Negro Antichrist Barack Obama. Hyles tries to NOT sound racist, and in doing so…he sounds quite racist.
Is it just me or is this idiot really advocating in favor of the coming of an Antic-Christ, calling it “the only hope”? Saying America’s only hope is a dictator? Starting @1:31 to the end. Can someone with a better theological framework decipher this shit for me? to me, it sure sounds like he was praying for the coming of the Anti-Christ, not the return of a risen Jesus. Just who really is the false prophet here, Mr Hyles?
I don’t know what Hyles believes exactly but I’ve often wondered at the longing that people have for the End Times. Almost willing God to send the Anti-Christ so the spectacle can begin. I hoped God would stay mercifull a little longer since I knew these people who might go to great horrors while we were partying in heaven. In the church I was raised, the end of the world didn’t matter all that much, what mattered was that we, the believers would be taken by the rapture and have an eternal life. Damn everyone else (quite literally) although we did want to save as many people as possible before it happened.
This huge longing for the end of all things and the destruction of the world is more or less the extreme opposite of humanism, secular or otherwise.