Archived Blog Post: July 18, 2004

Wrath and Mercy: The Return of the Warrior Jesus: "But Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, called the warrior Jesus of the 'Left Behind' novels a healthy corrective, reminding people that Jesus is judgmental as well as merciful. 'The fear of God is a worthy emotion,' he said. He argued that the wrathful Jesus in the book series was an antidote to what he called 'the effeminate Jesus' that has sometimes prevailed in the culture. 'In our stained-glass windows and our popular culture, Jesus is a kind of marshmallowy, Santa Claus Jesus, which is not at all in keeping with the gospels,' he said."