Fair Game Comparisons in Other Religions

EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANITY: Charles Finney, a well know revivalist in the early 1800s, wrote in several places about people who had died immediately or shortly after attacking him or denying the word of God. He explained those deaths as god punishing those who opposed his work. “Three men who had been opposing the work (the revivals) had met that Sunday and spent the day in drinking and ridiculing the work. They went on in this way until one of them suddenly fell dead. When Mr. Gilbert arrived at the house and the circumstances were related to him, he said, ‘There! There is no doubt but that man has been stricken down by God and has been sent to Hell.’ His companions were speechless. They could say nothing, for it was evident to them that their conduct had brought upon him this awful stroke of divine indignation.” From the Autobiography of Charles G. Finney, pp 118-119.

JESUITS: Paragraph 622(f) of the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus provides for Jesuits to be sent to “places where the enemy of Christ . . . has spread bad opinion about the society or stirred up ill will against it . . .” People sent there should be “such that by their life and learning they may undo the evil opinion founded on false reports.” From the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus, p 137.

Paragraph 196 of the same document states that “when [an applicant’] name and those who know him have been learned, information about him can be gathered from outside the house, if no one inside it knows him sufficiently well.” From the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus, p 196.

It is also worth noting that St. Ignatius used the term “enemy” when referring to opposition to the Catholic Church. From The First Jesuit, by Mary Purcell, p 233.

MORMONS: The doctrine of the Mormon Church advocates not associating with enemies of the Church: “Wherefore a commandment I give unto you, that you shall not purchase wine neither strong drink of your enemies. Wherefore, you shall partake of none except it is made new among you; yea, in this my Father’s kingdom which shall be built upon the earth.” From The Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Section 27, versus 3-4. “Behold, it is said in my laws, or forbidden, to get in debt to thine enemies. . .” Ibid, Section 64, verses 3-4.

Mormon doctrine also contains specific instructions for investigating attacks against the faith and taking legal measures to redress those wrongs. “And again, we would suggest for your consideration the propriety of all the saints gathering up a knowledge of all the facts and sufferings and abuses put upon them by the people of this state; And also of all property and amount of damages which they have sustained, both of character and personal injuries, as well as real property; And also the names of all persons that have had a hand in their oppressions, as far as they can get hold of them and find them out. And perhaps a committee can be appointed to find out these things, and to take statements and affidavits; and also to gather up the libelous publications that are afloat; And all that are in the magazines, and in the encyclopedias, and all the libelous histories that are published, and are writing, and by whom, and present the whole concatenation of diabolical rascality and nefarious and murderous impositions that have been practiced upon this people – That we may not only publish to all the world, but present them to the heads of government in all their dark and hellish hue, as the last effort which is enjoined on us by our Heavenly father. . .” Ibid., Section 123, versus 1-6.

The doctrine of the Mormon Church also states: “And the rebellious shall be pierced with sorrow; for their iniquities shall be spoken upon the housetops, and their secret acts shall be revealed.” Ibid., Section 1, verse 3.

The doctrine of the Mormon Church also states that at first, an enemy is to be borne patiently, but if the attacks continue, “I [God] have delivered thine enemy into thine hands; And if thou wilt spare him, thou shalt be rewarded for thy righteousness. . . Nevertheless thine enemy is in thine hands; and if thou rewardest him according to his works thou are justified; if he has sought thy life and thy life is endangered by him, thine enemy is in thy hands and thou are justified.” Ibid., Section 98, verses 23, et seq.

“And inasmuch as mine enemies come against you to drive you from my goodly land. . . ye shall curse them; and whomsoever ye shall curse, I will curse, and ye shall avenge me of mine enemies.” Ibid., Section 103, verses 24-25.

LUTHERANISM/PROTESTANTISM: Martin Luther is quoted as saying: “I have not been slow to bite my adversaries, but what is the good of salt if it does not bite?” He spoke of papal decrees as “dreck” (dung), of the Pope as the “Devil’s sow,” and of bishops as unbelieving hypocrites and “ignorant apes,” of monks as worse than hangmen or murderers or at best “fleas on God Almighty’s fur coat.” Of the catholic clergy he wrote that “The Rhine is scarcely big enough to drown the whole accursed gang of Roman extortioners.” Will Durant’s Story of Civilization, Volume 6, p 418.

While Martin Luther disapproved of having the gospel “defended by violence and murder,” he did not, however, object to “frightening them” a bit to improve their theology. Ibid., p 421.

CATHOLOCISM: The Pope has his own intelligence branch called the Swiss Guard. They are his personal bodyguards and have a secret service to protect him. The Jesuits also had a well organized and effective network of intelligence that the Nazis attacked during World War II. Testimony of Reverend Frank Flinn, November 10, 1981, in Church of Scientology of California v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue.

BIBLICAL INJUNCTIONS: The following biblical injunctions concerning those who would oppress or seek to stop the spread of the word of God are very specific:

Deuteronomy 7:21-24: Thou shalt not be affrighted at them the nations that oppressed the Hebrews: for the Lord thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible.

And the Lord thy God will put out those nations before thee little by little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.

But the Lord thy God shall deliver them onto thee, and shall destroy them with a mighty destruction, until they be destroyed.

And he shall deliver their kings into thine hand, and thou shalt destroy their name from under heaven: there shall no man be able to stand before thee, until thou have destroyed them.

II Thessalonians 3:14: And if any man obeys not our word by this epistle, note that man and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.

Luke 12:49-53: I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished?

Suppose ye that I come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay, but rather division.

For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.

The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.