Conservative evangelical pastor Rick Joyner has urged Christians to “mobilize” to fight a civil war against left-wing activists.
Joyner, who recently described Black Lives Matter protesters as the “KKK of this time,” discussed his concerns about a civil war in the U.S. during an appearance on the conservative Christian program The Jim Bakker Show. Right Wing Watch first reported his remarks on Monday.
“We’re in time for war. We need to recognize that. We need to mobilize. We need to get ready,” Joyner said during the show. He went on to discuss “our civil war,” saying that he’d seen in a dream that “militias would pop up like mushrooms” and they would be backed by God.
Joyner later told Newsweek that he discourages people from joining racist or extremist militia groups.
“Though militias have gotten a bad name in recent times for their often racist or other extremist views, to have a militia is a constitutional right (first part of the Second Amendment),” he said in an email. “As having one or becoming a part of one is now a common question…the goals for these people…now wanting to start are simply to defend their communities, especially where our main defense, law enforcement, is under such an attack. I do counsel those who have asked me about this that Christians should join those that are not based on racism or other extremist views.”
The pastor also said that a new civil war is necessary from heaven’s perspective because the Revolutionary War and the Civil War did not fully accomplish their goals. NEWSWEEK