According to Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, the Al Qaeda terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon on 9/11 were agents of God. They were acting on behalf of God in order to get America's attention and bring America back to God. Funny, but that's kind of close to what the terrorists themselves were thinking.
Agents of God
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Bryan Fischer made his comments in the the context of a discussion of Isaiah 10 and the story of how God sent the Assyrians to invade Israel in order to punish them for disobeying God. There are many similar stories in the Old Testament and it is a major part of Deuteronomist Theology: obedience to God is rewarded while disobedience is punished.
Ergo, when good things happen to you it's a sign that you have God's favor and when bad things happen to you this must mean that God is punishing you.
We're going to turn our attention to this question and answer it it's interesting issue in light of 9/11. Uh... it's an interesting issue really in terms of hurricane sandy because this came up.
Does a hurricane an act of god does that represent a form of a judgment on a nation? Now the prophets and the founding fathers believe that it did because the point is God will often use any military adversary like we ran into on 9/11.
God will often using military adversary to chasten and humble his people for their sin and to bring them to a place of repentance. I think this was was going on on nine eleven you look at the larger issue that God had. The jihadis on 9/11 were the agents of God's wrath in order to get our attention as a people.
Now, have we learned? I don't know. I think we've learned in part. One of the things we've done is we've gone to prayer at the seventh inning of every major league baseball game in Los Angeles in New York and during the playoffs and we pray "God Bless America, guide us through the night with a light from above.
That's not something and have a before 9/11 so that's one of the outcomes of 9/11. You have tens of thousands of baseball fans converting arenas into centers for intercessory prayer for God to watch over, bless, and guide United States Of America. I think one of the reasons we haven't been hit since 9/11 is that we did learn that lesson. We need as a people to go before God and ask for his protection.
Source: Right Wing Watch
People will be offended at what Bryan Fischer says here, but the sad truth is that his position is far more consistent with traditional Christianity and the Old Testament than not. If you believe in an omnipotent God that is interested in human affairs, then you have to conclude that, at the very least, nothing happens without God allowing it, if not willing it.
So what is there in traditional Christianity and the Bible which would argue against the conclusion that the Al Qaeda terrorists were at least acting with God's implicit permission, if not God's active encouragement? The problem isn't so much Bryan Fischer as it is the religion is he expounding upon.