The Sounds of Fundamentalism: Pastor Randall Snipes Goes Out of His Way to Offend Non-Evangelicals

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This is the one hundred and ninety-ninth 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 video clip of Fundamentalist Baptist pastor Randall Snipes preaching a “prayer” before the Virginia House of Representatives. Snipes is the pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Colonial Beach, Virginia.

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Transcript of Snipes’ prayer

Let us pray. Heavenly Father, we bow before You, Lord, and we proclaim now… that you are God, and there is none other than You, and there is none like You.

God, we ask that, as a nation, Lord, we would not seek our own pleasure, our own preferences, or our own praise, but that, God, we would seek Your pleasure. That God, we would seek Your praise. Lord, that we would seek Your will.

God, we ask you humbly today that you would convict us. Lord, if you’d send your Holy Spirit to convict us of sin, and the righteousness, and of judgment. God, the sin that that we commit, the sin that we celebrate, the sin that we allow, the sin that we promote. God, convict us of that. Lord, convict us of righteousness. Lord, Your holy standard. God, and how far short we are of that on so many occasions. And God, convict us of the judgment it is to come, the day that you have already set before, for we will give an account for every action, every deed, and every word. God, a day that you have set aside where every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that “Jesus is Lord.”

God, I pray that you would convict us of that day where those who love you will be rewarded, and those who reject you will be sentenced.

God, give us that conviction this day. And Lord, we ask that you would grant us wisdom, that this group of people would have supernatural wisdom today. Lord, of wisdom that begins with the fear of you. God, we ask… for forgiveness. Lord, forgiveness for the millions and millions of innocent lives that have been murdered for the sake of convenience. God, we ask you for forgiveness for the bloodshed that is on our hands as a nation. And Lord, we don’t deserve it. God, we confess before you that we do not deserve it. But Lord, we have nowhere else to turn but to you, and to ask as humbly as we know how, God, that you would forgive us. That you would help us turn from our wicked ways. God, that we would seek Your face.

God, we pray that this day you would begin a spiritual revolution, an awakening, a revival in our nation, Lord, that you would deliver us from evil, not just of our nation might be exalted, but God, that you would create in us once again a nation that exalts You.

We do not ask these things based on our own merit or in our own power. But today, God, we evoke their precious and powerful and Holy Name of Jesus. In His name we pray. And to Him be glory and power and honor, forever and ever. Amen.

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5 Comments

  1. ObstacleChick

    That was an egregious display of evangelical Christian arrogance and intolerance that has exactly zero place in any sort of government or other public setting.

    How can he honestly think that anyone “not saved” would hear that speech of his and then desire to be a part of his team Jesus? It was offensive. Sure, he follows the party line of evangelical Christianity, that humans are all evil, sinful feces, that God is to be feared and worshiped because he will smite us if we don’t do what he wants, that in the end all you evil sinners will know that God/Jesus is the way to go as you are sent to eternity in hell. Disgusting, self-righteous, offensive.

    (On a personal note, any form of the word convict outside the use in the judicial system makes me cringe. Christians use it all the time, and literally no one out of evangelical Christianity uses that word).

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    1. Caroline

      Same opinion about the word ‘convict’. Where did that come from ?

      Caroline

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  2. Reverend Greg

    Some of these ‘prayers’ end up being nothing more than a sermon, or worse yet, a political speech. They’re not praying in their church but in a civic setting. We have a history of allowing prayer before meetings and legislative sessions in this country. If they keep going with these divisive, in your face prayers, they may end up banning them. And evangelicals will cry persecution when in fact many are being ‘Jerks for Jesus’.

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  3. Dave

    ”Oh by the way Lord, I ask that you forgive me for being such a dick”

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  4. Diana

    All I can say on hearing that prayer is “Ughhh 🙉 ”
    All I feel is 🤮

    Reply

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