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Cats Against Frist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 12:31 PM
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4. I think "Soldiers of Christ I" is actually the creepier one:
http://www.harpers.org/SoldiersOfChrist.html

"The band stood. A skinny, chinless man with a big, tenor voice, Ross Parsley, directed the musicians and the crowd, leading us and them and the choir as the guitarists kicked on the fuzz and the drummer pounded the music toward arena-rock frenzy. Two fog machines on each side of the stage filled the sanctuary with white clouds. Pod-shaped projectors cast a light show across the ceiling, giant spinning white snowflakes and cartwheeling yellow flowers and a shimmering blue water-effect. Prepare the way! shouted Worship Pastor Ross. Prepare the way! The King is coming! Across the stage teens began leaping straight up, a dance that swept across the arena: kids hopped, old men hopped, middle-aged women hopped. Spinners wheeled out from the ranks and danced like dervishes around the stage. The light pods dilated and blasted the sanctuary with red. Worship Pastor Ross roared: Let the King of Glory enter in! Ushers rushed through the crowds throwing out rainbow glow strings.

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And that is why he believes spiritual war requires a virile, worldly counterpart. I teach a strong ideology of the use of power, he says, of military might, as a public service. He is for preemptive war, because he believes the Bibles exhortations against sin set for us a preemptive paradigm, and he is for ferocious war, because the Bibles bloody. Theres a lot about blood.

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It is not so much the large populations, with their uneasy mix of sinner and saved, that make Christian conservatives leery of urban areas. Even downtown Colorado Springs, presumably as godly as any big town in America, struck the New Lifers I met as unclean. Whenever I asked where to eat, they would warn me away from downtowns neat little grid of cafs and ethnic joints. Stick to Academy, theyd tell me, referring to the vein of superstores and prepackaged eateriesP. F. Changs, California Pizza Kitchen, et al.that bypasses the city. Downtown, they said, is confusing.





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