Anorak | Chris Stewart: Republican congressman tells of End of Times and Saudi King as ‘pawn of Lucifer’

Chris Stewart: Republican congressman tells of End of Times and Saudi King as ‘pawn of Lucifer’

by | 20th, August 2012

MEET Chris Stewart, a Republican and a US congressman. He’s former Air Force pilot and a best-selling author. He used to fly the B-1B bomber. He says the USA is a “ nation built upon the back of miracles “.

A July article in Roll Call  (“The Newspaper of Capitol Hill”) profiles Chris Stewart, who will be a Congressman from Utah from November:

Stewart… is a conservative Republican who surprised political observers by winning Utah’s 2nd district nominating convention with more than 60 percent of the vote, thereby avoiding a primary.

…While in the USAF, he started writing, and his list of books includes a Latter Day Saints-like version of Tim LaHaye’s and Jerry B. Jenkins’ apocalyptic Christian fiction series “Left Behind,” as well as historical novels.

Stewart’s website notes that his latest book, “The Miracle of Freedom: Seven Tipping Points that Saved the World,” was a New York Times bestseller. Conservative media personality Glenn Beck praised the book, which might explain its popularity.

The  Miracle of Freedom  is published by  Shadow Mountain , but his “Latter Day Saints-like version” of the  Left Behind  series is published by Glenn Beck’s  Mercury Ink . The series is entitled  Wrath and  Righteousness , and ten “episodes” are due to be published over the course of one year. Here’s part of the blurb for  episode three :

The death of the Saudi King has removed the final barrier between peace and chaos. Prince Abdullah al-Raman, a pawn of Lucifer and the Forces of Darkness has taken over the throne and is now in a position to draw Israel and the United States into an unprecedented war.

…Against the backdrop of torn-from-the-headlines Middle Eastern drama, theWrath & Righteousness series is a fast-paced thriller that explores man’s role in the eternal battle between good and evil.

The books also come with a quote from Tim LaHaye:

“It really grips you… I lost a lot of sleep reading it.”

Beck has himself enthused over the books as “the  Left Behind  series for a new generation”; this may perhaps have annoyed  Left Behind  publisher Tyndale House, which posted an article to its website last year announcing Tyndale Repackages ‘Left Behind’ Titles for New Generation of Readers (new features include “test your prophecy IQ”).

The quote from LaHaye is a comment on Stewart’s literary style rather than a theological assessment, but it perhaps shows that LaHaye has mellowed over the years: back in 2004 he railed against his own publisher for publishing a novel that took a different theological perspective from his own, yet here he is now endorsing a book by a Mormon! However, the New York Observer reported in May that the books have been de-Mormonized. The original version was a series by Stewart called The Great and Terrible , which was published from 2003 to 2008 by the Deseret Book Company:

Mr. Beck rewrote them, removing references to Mormon scripture and gospel beliefs from the books, which the Wall Street Journal otherwise described as a blend of “Middle East politics, techno high jinks, and end-of-the-world derring-do.”

One difference from  Left Behind  is that although the Saudi “pawn of Lucifer” is perhaps not the same thing as the Antichrist, the series appears to be exploiting the popularity of the “Muslim Antichrist” theory,  as expounded  on Glenn Beck’s TV show by Joel Richardson (who occasionally stops by this blog to make a comment).

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