Repent Amarillo

For the curious, you may want to check out a new front in the culture wars. There is a Christian movement in Amarillo, TX called Repent Amarillo. It has a fully militarized (metaphorically speaking) website:

Here is the Repent Amarillo mission statement:

Repent Amarillo is a repentance-based ministry dedicated to reaching out to the mission field of 67,000+ people in the Amarillo area who profess no faith in Jesus Christ. It is a ministry committed to the fulfillment of Christ’s commandment of the great commission. As Christians, we cannot stand by and watch 67,000 of our neighbors walking through the gates of hell. To all who have an ear to hear, we must speak out boldly. We must speak the truth.
A part of this mission is to send out "solider groups" to the following:
1. Gay pride events.
2. Earth worship events such as “Earth Day”
3. Pro-abortion events or places such as Planned Parenthood
4. Breast cancer events such as “Race for the Cure” to illuminate the link between abortion and breast cancer.
5. Opening day of public schools to reach out to students.
6. Spring break events.
7. Demonically based concerts.
8. Halloween events.
More, the group also targets
"Idolatry locations such as palm readers, false religions, and witchcraft. Many of the smaller missions listed above may be just prayer oriented missions for tearing down demonic strongholds or they may involve more aggressive use of soldiers and prayer warriors. Some other missions occasionally employed may be 'undercover operations' where the groups show up together but are not publicly visible together to effect the outcome of a public meeting such as city commissioners meetings, etc."
Finally, to help you find demonic strongholds the site also has a "warfare map":

Some news coverage of the group here and here. (H/T Daily Dish)

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11 thoughts on “Repent Amarillo”

  1. It's too bad they don't seem to know anything about the great commandment. And also that they think the great commission is to go into all the world and make enemies.

  2. Militant Christian belief is abusive to its core, because of its inability to defend what is of the "Satan" and what is not. The transcendent can never be defended on a 'real world basis. Then it is just a matter of leadership's imagininations projecting evil and asking others to die for it.

  3. My favorite "pin" on their "spiritual map" was the one farthest East -- The Peace Farm. They have it listed as "Pagan Peace Farm" and colored blue for "witchcraft." I visited the site for Peace Farm, and it is an anti-nuclear weapons group that was formed in 1986 to oppose a maker of WMDs next door (Pantex). No mention of paganism, witchcraft, or spirituality at all ... just peace.

    Also, I wonder if the US Army could sue this group for using its likeness to recruit adherents?

  4. Oh good grief. Just what we need: more nut jobs using Jesus' name. Hope this "movement" doesn't migrate down to Abilene!

  5. I have to say that I had some symptathy for them when I finished the first part of the mission statement. They seem to be sincerely concerned about their fellow Amarill(ians?).

    Unfortunately, they fall into a familiar trap when they take their beliefs and make them concrete rules for everyone to follow. I believe they run a serious risk of continuing the Pharisaical (sp?) errors that have plagued Judaism and Christianity for centuries.

    I think there are things they could say to the homosexuals, to women concerned about how a pregnancy would affect their lives, and to those who do not know God. I simply fear that they are going to say things that further alienate the ones they hope to reach out to.

  6. Another problem with insensitive, obnoxious, over-zealousness (even if naively done with good intentions) is all resistance and criticism received is simply dismissed as "persecution". That then is used to "confirm" that God/Christ is behind their movement, perhaps even re-enforcing their movement (and approach).

    The mechanisms of a blog article up ahead might apply in principle:
    "When we tried to fight evil, we found ourselved becoming evil".

    Finally, my wife befriended a woman (met in church) who was formally a member of a witchcraft coven in town.
    That woman recalls being in a room where a map very similar to the one above was used to
    plot the location of Christian churches and even individual Christians (not just the pastor). She says the fervor and zealousness
    of curse / spell casting (I guess opposite of
    Christian prayer) in that witchcraft coven was very meticulous and organized.

    Anyway, interesting stuff once again.

    Gary Y.

  7. This is the kind of thing that makes me ashamed to be a Christian.

    As Gandhi said (paraphrasing), "I like your Jesus, I just don't like your Christianity."

  8. I live in Amarillo, but on the Repent Amarillo map there's not a push pin anywhere near my house or place of work. This makes me feel like my sin isn't very well understood or respected. I think I'll report myself and yell, "Incoming!"

  9. Hey @steve h.,

    Interesting that you found a pin on the Peace Farm, the anti-nuclear weapons site. Reading your comment, I then remembered an article linked from the Daily Dish which reported that Repent's leader is actually a security guard at Pantex, the site of nuclear weapons proliferation.

    So to spell it out, the guy who founded the "Army of God" just so happens to be employed by a nuclear weapons manufacturer, and is now on a crusade against a site of peaceful resistance to nuclear weapons proliferation.

    Now that is blatant and perverse irony right there.

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