Last weekend, John Hagee continued his sermon series “The God America Has Forgotten,” during which he railed against “false teachers” who preach “heresy” by supporting things like marriage equality while also blasting atheists for not ever having contributed anything to the world.
Citing 2 Peter’s warning about false prophets, Hagee declared that the church today is full of teachers who are preaching deceptive doctrines and causing Christians to lose their souls.
“When you endorse a man marrying a man,” Hagee bellowed, “you are a false teacher.” He continued in this vein, attacking those who support a woman’s right to choose, or preach replacement theology, or deny the inerrancy of Scripture , demanding that they all “do the world a favor: get out of the pulpit and get yourself a secular job”:
Later in the sermon, Hagee turned his wrath toward atheists.
“Let me tell you,” he said, “atheism has never painted a masterpiece. Atheism has never dispelled fear. Atheism has never healed a disease; faith in God has, but not atheism. Atheism has never given anyone piece of mind. Atheism has never dried a tear. Atheism has never given an intellectual answer to the creation. Atheism is bankrupt and empty; it’s brain dead.”
Hagee went on to claim that when people no longer believe in God, they begin worshiping crystals or joining cults or howling at the moon … which makes us suspect that Hagee has probably never actually met an atheist: