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GamesRadar vs. Shirley Phelps-Roper

GR: Let’s move on from that. Do you think there’s a good religious presence in games?

SPR: In what?

GR: In videogames.

SPR: Uh no.

GR: Have you played the Left Behind game?

SPR: All that stuff… lemme guess, that Left Behind games is when Christ returns. And that’s probably in some dumbed-down, goofy fashion.

GR: The Kirk Cameron movies, and the popular book series?

SPR: “Popular book series.” If you say “popular” - if you start talking about something people really like - you can just write it down and take it to the bank that it doesn’t have the first thing to do with the truth of God.

GR: Even the Wisdom Tree games, like the ones based on Noah’s Ark probably have nothing that you condone?

SPR: Honey, what I’m telling you is that if you’ve got something that is based in popular religious culture, then you don’t have anything in the neighborhood of serving God or the Truth of God. It’ll be in some fashion perverted, dumbed-down, fluffed-up, altered, amended. These people think that they need to make God palatable instead of just sticking to the written word.

GR: When you say things like that, you put yourself in a somewhat isolated position.

SPR: Look, I just call it like I see it. We’ve been on these streets for seventeen years. We’ve been in 500 doomed American cities looking in the faces of people, talking to them, more than 34,000 pickets. We know what’s going on with this nation and what’s going on with these people!

GR: But you could’ve stayed home and played with them.

SPR: Stayed home - what?

GR: I’m trying to offer an alternative. Xbox Live…

SPR: We’re not here to do that. What we’re doing here is telling you what the word of God is. We’re not interested in trying to fix it. Even if you could get us to agree to this “God Loves Everyone” lying culture, that doesn’t make it so. That doesn’t mean that God does love everyone, even if everyone would agree. Look, the Lord Jesus Christ said: “If these people, my people, cease to tell you the truth, the stones will immediately cry out.”

GR: Who said that?

SPR: The Lord Jesus Christ.

GR: Jesus. Let me write that down

SPR: They were throwing a fit at him. They were saying, “Make them shut up!”

GR: Well, don’t you feel [that] when you’re saying that at funerals, you’re just of kicking people when they’re down?

SPR: No, because we don’t go to funerals. We stand on public rights-of-way, and we tell you some words to connect up these dots.

GR: Would you let someone [into your church from] off the street?

SPR: Will we let them join our church? You mean someone off the street?

GR: Yeah.

SPR: Well of course not! This isn’t a social organization.

GR: It isn’t? Well, just telling them they’re going to hell is kicking them when they’re down. We call that teabagging...

SPR: You're all down! All the time! You’re without hope and without God. And you don’t want… you don’t have any interest in living with The True God. You don’t have any interest in obedience. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “If you love me, obey my commandments.”

GR: That’s Jesus again?

SPR: Yeah

GR: Hold on, jotting that down.

SPR: Are you telling me just straight up that you don’t have any Bible knowledge?

GR: I have a little. We’re out in San Francisco.

SPR: I know that’s a waste-howling, barren wilderness with respect to The Word of God. But you don’t have to be in that fashion. Look, you don’t have to be Bible dumb. This is a nation that has Bibles available to them more than any other nation in the history of mankind. And yet they tout themselves to be a Christian nation, bragging about their “I go to church every Sunday.”  I’ll say, you read the Bible, you go to church every Sunday - well, that’s not my question. Do you read the Bible?

GR: Me?

SPR: Open it up and read the words.

GR: I do still have The Picture Bible my Grandma got me. It’s like a comic book.

SPR: Well shame on her. Did she ever tell me what the Lord Your God requires of you?

GR: Well, what can a gamer do, to do what The Lord God requires of them?

SPR: You can crack open a Bible and read the words and obey.

GR: But we can’t play the Left Behind game?


Above: Don't get Left Behind

SPR: Well that’s not going to… you can play that as an aside, something to do when you’re just trying to decompress. Spend a few minutes, ‘cause you gotta do something with your time. That’s called "using, but not abusing, the things of this world." But about the time that becomes the main event for gamers, then it becomes your idol. And God hates your idols. He says in 1st John, “Little children, keep yourself from idols.”

GR: Was that Tolkien?

SPR: What?

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50 comments

  • FunkSoulBrother - July 16, 2010 12:20 p.m.

    I'm Catholic and she is freaking insane. Insane!"Looks like there were two Christian Nuts on that podcast" said Chris. She belongs in a mental institute.
  • GamesRadarJuniorWildlifeEditor - April 9, 2010 11:09 p.m.

    godhatesbatman.com 'nuff said.
  • Trg564 - March 30, 2010 2:23 a.m.

    As much as I don't want to sound violent, I hope the crazy lady goes through the pearly gates with some appendages missing
  • 4fromK - March 28, 2010 9:45 p.m.

    I kind of liked her. but then I admire someone who says what they really believe, even (maybe especially) if that beleif is as batshit insane as "heath ledger is in hell for portraying gay people". Oh and LOL I just googled the "biblical quote" she said about columbine, and it has ONE result. this article :P
  • mutantsquid - March 25, 2010 6:19 p.m.

    trollface.jpg
  • ultimatepunchrod - March 25, 2010 3:50 p.m.

    this woman seems a little sick in the head. i dont really think she's in her right mind because no one who has read ANY part of the Bible would think this way normally. anyway she is ridiculous to protest funerals. whats the point of making people feel worse when a loved one has already died. sick
  • Lolspamm0r - March 25, 2010 11:05 a.m.

    What a creepy person...
  • Kenzo - March 25, 2010 4:45 a.m.

    she's just dead wrong. the bible is all about how much God loves his people, not how everyone but some extremist is going to hell. God is Love, not hatred, and he loves everyone uncoditionally, EVERYONE. Even Mrs. psycho here. God hates sin and the devil, but he loves us, the sinners, because we are his children. The truly saddest part is that she is so dead-set on hating everyone that she has lost sight of what God's word really says, and takes little snippets of verses out of context so they fit her hate filled view of the world. I hope she comes to her senses before it's too late
  • cnote1239 - March 25, 2010 12:19 a.m.

    this lady's crazy but i'd wanna talk to her and try to understand how she forumulated her beliefs. it's psychologically interesting on so many levels.
  • GaryRedShoes - March 24, 2010 9:58 p.m.

    she is a bible noob.
  • ergreenday - March 24, 2010 9:42 p.m.

    Oh my god! This lady is the truest form of a oxi-moron! This is a fu@king insane woman!
  • Ded - March 24, 2010 9:24 p.m.

    Oh my god, did you manage to keep a straight face during that? The Phoenix Wright question lolled me up XD Wonder what she would make of a relgion-heavy game like Dante's Inferno, Darksiders or Bayonetta...
  • AngryScotsman - March 24, 2010 9:06 p.m.

    "[BioWare] are children of a doomed America". But BioWare's Canadian...
  • TheIronMaiden - March 24, 2010 8:32 p.m.

    well I was ex military and I saw the warning yet kept reading on. Don't worry...she'll get her just cause (HA!) one day.
  • AlexMercer1337 - February 7, 2010 7:22 a.m.

    She's so f-ing fascist, but what ticks me off is her blinding ignorance and petty beliefs. I think she thinks she's right, but she's just a bitch.
  • Thantos410 - February 1, 2010 10:57 p.m.

    That was far the most sick and twisted depiction of Christianity I've ever heard. Bravo Mrs. Crazy Woman!
  • hudiscapidicus - January 18, 2010 1:27 a.m.

    This is brilliant, I love how crazy religious Americans can be, this woman is a caricature of everything that's wrong with organised religion. I would love to spend a holiday in her mind (a very short one tho), it would be facinating, in a bizzare and terrifying sort of way... reCAPTCHA: handing negotiated. Sounds like haggling over the price of a happy-ending...
  • StupidFaceXD - November 12, 2008 3:38 a.m.

    I don't know if the people who said she needs to die are Christians or not, but the Bible says do not wish evil upon your enemies (sorry, I don't know the actual verse.) All I have to say is she isn't Christian. Her twisted mentality of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ is so deluded it's as though they she was repeatedly beat up side the head with a bat. So I really think that she should go and read the ACTUAL Bible and not a cult's bible. By the way, I am a Christian. :D
  • katwood92 - November 7, 2008 12:34 a.m.

    As Christian, I can guarantee that she is not going where she thinks that she is. God is kind and merciful, and He spends a whole book saying so. She accuses others of corrupting the Word of God, but when you point a finger, four point back at you. She needs to reread the Bible, because she missed the main points. Her views on the Bible are so warped, the only reason that I could force myself to read it was because they were so illogical that I didn't really understand the "finer" points of what she was saying (and I'm no idiot. I had a 12th grade reading level, in the 6th grade. I'm now in 11th grade.). She professes hate and practices it herself, when the Bible clearly teaches love. She is the one who needs to get a clue! She misses concepts in the Bible that my six-year-old cousin clearly understands. I feel sorry for the 11 innocent children who were born to her, and all the others born into her wicked, corrupt "religion" that makes a mockery of Christian values, morals and even the God she claims to worship.
  • tarrow25 - November 5, 2008 9:31 p.m.

    John 3:16 says "for god so loved the world that he gave his own son that whoever believes in his shall never perish but have eternal life", not "For god so hated the world that he sent a crazy b*tch to damn us all to the firey bowels of hell". If your going to use the world of god to push forward your cult, then you should at least run the bible. I really do hope, for your sake, that god is merciful, because if he's not then I hope you enjoy hell.

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