Merry Christmas or Die?

Liberals have finally noticed the Left Behind: Eternal Forces video game:

Liberal and progressive Christian groups say a new computer game in which players must either convert or kill non-Christians is the wrong gift to give this holiday season and that Wal-Mart, a major video game retailer, should yank it off its shelves.

Conservative Christians–at least the ones I know–are disturbed by the twisted theology of this game. It's dominionism, pure and simple, a doctrine that's infected American Churchianity which holds that we've got to reclaim the planet for Jesus — by force, if necessary.

That's not in any translation of the New Testament I'm aware of.

If you're interested, I interviewed author and former pastor Tom Horn about this several months ago. Tom pastored a big church out west years ago and associated with the Trinity Broadcasting Network crowd until he realized that the upper ranks of American evangelicals were preaching a political gospel instead of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. He said as much one year as a keynote speaker at the annual conference of the National Religious Broadcasters.

He hasn't been invited back.

The distribution of this game is being facilitated by the game developer's ties to the highest ranks of American Churchianity. Of course, LaHaye and Jenkins have sold something like 70 million copies of books in their Left Behind series, and Tim LaHaye has been one of the most prominent men in American evangelical circles for decades. Additionally, one of the men on the advisory board for Left Behind Games, Mark Carver, was the executive director of Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Ministries. (Carver has since resigned from the board.)

Carver's association with the developer begs a question that Tom asked of Greg Bauman, associate producer of Left Behind: Eternal Forces, in an interview at Raiders News Network:

TOM HORN: Does Left Behind Games intend to use pastoral networks to advertise or distribute their product in a way similar to what the Purpose Driven Church has?

GREG BAUMAN: Absolutely. Left Behind Games is developing partnerships with churches in a campaign to show the game to pastors nationwide so they can see the depth & breadth of the product.

More Christians need to think through the doctrine promoted by this game and speak out against it, and the media should note that conservative, Bible-believing Christians are shouting just as loud about this as our liberal brethren. It's annoying that the major media apparently assume all evangelicals believe the game is good, wholesome entertainment for the kids.

The game's violence in the name of Christ is disturbing at best. Is the word 'heresy' still used in the 21st century?

Here's the url to the mp3 of my interview with Tom Horn: http://media.libsyn.com/media/kssz/TomHorn.mp3

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