Hurricanes, natural disasters, Kirk Cameron, Jim Bakker, Kat Kerr, spiritual abuse
Have you noticed whenever there is a natural disaster, certain Christian leaders take advantage of the tragedy and promote their “stuff?”
Huffington Post posted an example in an article about Jim Bakker and his guest, Rick Joyner:
And naturally, he used his gloom-and-doom scenario as part of a sales pitch to sell his buckets of instant apocalypse food.
“I have felt ― and I was afraid to share it with anybody ― that this flood is from God,” he said on Monday in a clip posted online by Right Wing Watch. “It’s a judgment on America somehow.”
His guest, “prophet” Rick Joyner, agreed.
You can now give one Bucket to Hurricane Harvey victims and then get one for your own End Times stockpiling for the price of $175. Guess who is profiting from this?
And then there are those who use natural disasters to promote their brand of doctrine, or in this case, a special prayer to get the hurricane to change directions. Here is The Kat Kerr announcing a training session on commanding the storm to downgrade. Alrighty, then!
Here is the 3rd session she posted just 4 hours ago.
I don’t have a problem with people praying and asking God to protect them from the storm, but to act like God and command the storm? I don’t think so. (Source)
Yesterday, I got upset after seeing that someone close to me had posted a video about Kirk Cameron on Facebook, claiming it was a good message about God and hurricanes. Well, it’s good if you view God as an abuser who doesn’t mind tragedies and loss of life. Here, Kirk is trying to “win souls” by using Hurricane Irma’s unleashing storm in the Caribbean and soon, the United States.
This is fear mongering. I find it to be spiritually abusive. It paints God out to be an evil monster and abuser.
I had to vent on my Facebook page:
One of my friends posted this and I think he may be on to something:
There is absolutely a connection between people who describe God in abusive spouse/parent terms, people who are abusive spouses/parents, and people who cover for abusive spouses/parents. It’s not surprising that abuse runs rampant in churches when so many of them embrace the theology of a manipulative, mean-spirited bully god.
My heart and prayers are with people who are suffering from natural disasters like the recent hurricanes, fires, earthquakes. Please know that God is not happy when you are suffering pain.
A friend of mine was equally disturbed with Kirk Cameron’s words and sent me this from Bibleinfo.com:
When God came to earth in the form of man He did nothing to hurt people, only to help them. Jesus said, “For the Son of Man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them” (Luke 9:56). He said, “Many good works have I shown you from My Father. For which of those works do ye stone Me?” (John 10:32). He says, “. . . it is not the will of your Father who is in Heaven that one of these little ones should perish” (Matt. 18:14).