(ETH) – Several Christian leaders, including prominent conservative evangelicals, have recently come out and denounced the conspiracy theory movement gaining traction in conservative circles known as QAnon.
QAnon was created by an anonymous online figure in 2017 and claims that President Donald Trump is in a war with a “Deep State” government, battling entities like elitist pedophile rings and satanism. According to The Christian Post, The conspiracy alleges that a Satan-worshipping “deep state” faction that includes A-list celebrities is working to defeat Trump and engage in child sex abuse.
These QAnon conspiracy theories have gained traction and growing support among some evangelical churchgoers and other mostly conservative communities but have also gained notable supporters such as a Georgia congressional candidate and a U.S. Senate candidate in Oregon.
QAnon has even been addressed by Vice President Mike Pence in an interview on CBS’ “CBS This Morning.” In the recent interview Pence stated that he does not “know anything about QAnon.” “And I dismiss it out of hand,” Pence added, decrying the fact that he had to spend time “on a major network to talk about some conspiracy online theory.”
Multiple Christian leaders, including Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler Jr., have come out opposing the growing support of QAnon. On a recent podcast, from Mohler called “The Briefing,” Mohler compared QAnon and conspiracy theories in general to the early church heresy of Gnosticism.
“Gnosticism is the belief that only a few, an elite, a privileged few are able to see, have inside information,” explained Mohler. “The ancient Gnostics believed in one way or another that this particular secret knowledge was the key to salvation or illumination, or whatever would be the promise of this particular information.”
“Christianity has nothing to do with the secret truth. It has everything to do with a public Gospel,” the theologian added. “Christians don’t have secret beliefs we hide from the world. We’re not saved because we have come to some secret knowledge.” Another Christian leader, Author, and pastor Joe Carter recently denounced QAnon in a column published by The Gospel Coalition in May and labeled QAnon a “political cult” and “satanic movement” that “poses [a threat] to the global church.
“The QAnon movement frequently engages in slander, which James calls demonic behavior (James 3:15–16). The QAnon movement often traffics in lies, which Jesus says are associated with Satan. The QAnon movement repeatedly sides with demonically inspired falsehoods that divide professed Christians from faithful believers,” wrote Carter.
“And the QAnon movement has a tendency to call evil that which is good, and good that which is evil, and to put darkness for light, and light for darkness (Isa. 5:20). As a movement of Satan, QAnon is incompatible with Christianity.” Carter even warned Christians to “work to guard those who would fall for such deceptions” and to “plead” with QAnon supporters within the church “to return to the faith.” “It is neither too early nor too late for Christians to launch a counterattack on the demonic influence of QAnon,” he concluded.
Nothing new under the sun. Just another example of how Satan accuses those who expose the darkness in the world. This article is satanic.
Clearly they have never read Q’s posts. Questions that makes one do research to find the answers. And, no it does not call evil good or Vice-versa and has nothing to do with Satan. Exactky how is it demonic? Not very well researched.
I am a Believer and we’ll grounded in the Word. I find it appalling Church Leaders find Q or QAnnon against any Biblical precept but are silent about the many a foundational Pillars of the Democratic Party do! (Start with abortion at any time, such repressive acts as suppression of Charter Schools, acceptance and even endorsement of Marxist socialist notions! Then there are the out right LIES the most obvious the Russia Hoax! To condemn anyone advocating Q, a political commentary, with all the social issue the church is needed to be fighting… but then this is the era of the Church of Laodexia!
I researched Q 3 yrs ago on 8chan before it went to 4chan. Idk if it is real or not. Q is basically the name of an anonymous writer who claims there are a bunch of good guys in high places helping President Trump conquer deep state. I’ve never seen anything resembling a religion. The notes Q writes sometimes include scripture and seems to be right thinking. Whether a group of conservative heroes exists or not I haven’t any idea. The Author of this article is wrong on many points and is an example of a useful idiot who thinks their cap and gown gives them authority. Saying things like “And its adherents are downplaying the threat of COVID and thus putting others’ lives at risk….” is typical social justice rhetoric and if anything has taken over churches it’s Social Justice Warriors or better said Socialists.