“In this case, you either have to convert them–which I think would be next to impossible–I’m not giving up on them, but I’m just saying either convert them or kill them, said Robertson, who spent the first portion of his television appearance quoting verses from a Bible he brought with him.
They’re dangerous because they sound strikingly close to the ultimatum ISIS recently delivered to another group of people: convert to Islam, or starve to death.
Robertson’s views are dangerous because he apparently thinks it’s the role of the United States government to convert people to Christianity at the threat of gunpoint.
Robertson’s views are dangerous because they do not reflect, at all, the Gospel of Jesus Christ–the good news that God came to save the world and that He did this through shedding His own blood, not by killing His enemies.
“Convert or kill” isn’t the Gospel. It’s a poisonous religious belief that Jesus spent an entire lifetime opposing.
Jesus opposed “convert or kill” when he refused to call on angels to defend him in Gethsemane.
Jesus opposed “convert or kill” when he begged his Father to forgive his enemies while he slowly died on a cross.
If evangelicals truly believe the Gospel, then they’ll denounce Robertson’s remarks and not defend him just because he’s one of their celebrities. We’ll see what happens soon enough.