I try to avoid crapping on folks whose lives have gone from downhill in spite of their professed faith in the LORD, regardless of how loopy they sound and how strongly their stories support the futility of the concept of benevolent gods who intercede in human affairs. But I reckon that when someone seems to be doing great and wants to give God the credit, it’s a perfect opportunity to highlight what lunatics people are surrounding this stuff.
First, there’s the set-up:
Check out what this guy went through and how God intervened supernaturally to change his life. It’s amazing! I wish they’d include more of the details, but it’s nevertheless an inspiration. No matter how far you’ve gone into the realms of darkness, God’s light will still penetrate!
This leads the unassuming reader to think he’s about to see something remarkable in the linked video.
Instead of anything “supernatural” or “amazing,” you see a religiously confused and depressed Nick Nolte look-alike who, having lost his family though divorce and armed with both a Satanic Bible and a habit of cutting himself (as this “mocks the blood of Christ”), claims to received orders from the devil to kill the senior pastor of the church-cum-media outlet responsible for filming this and similar videos as part of an “invasion by God” theme. Ultimately representatives of the church show up (it’s not clear why), and the man subsequently has a vision in their presence in which he is called full-bore to the ministry.
It is clear to any non-indoctrinated person this this is a pitifully stupid production. No amount of foreboding, sad, and suggestive theme music can overturn the reality that this entire account is nothing but a sham. One need not be a hater to point out that if the supposed agent of change in this tale were a comic-book superhero, a magic unicorn, or a few hits of acid, people would openly laugh at and dismiss the whole thing. It’s entirely reliant on the private revelation of a mentally unstable person influenced to the nth degree by people around him who are unconditionally prepared to both convince him of and accept the veracity of such “visions.” And there’s no evidence this guy’s life is actually any better, and that he wouldn’t do well to consult a physician to at least explore the possibility of secular medications.
But rather than preach at more length to the converted, I’ll post my favorite comment to the video post (#6, from “txmom4”):
That is amazing! And Craig, for you to have the evil one after you in such an obvious way….you know you’re making a big impact in the kingdom of God. I mean, that’s a little scary to hear about. But to know that your influence in this world is so big that Satan would send someone directly to get rid of you. This is going to sound completely crazy but I pray every day for God to use me in that capacity – so much that I’m a threat to the evil one. That I’m so useful to God that Satan’s only defense is to get rid of me.