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Oath Keepers members charged with sedition


Stewart Rhodes (center) speaks at an Oath Keepers rally outside the White House in 2017. Associated Press/Photo by Susan Walsh

Oath Keepers members charged with sedition

Authorities arrested Oath Keepers leader and founder Stewart Rhodes on Thursday morning and charged him and 10 other members of the group with seditious conspiracy related to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol. If convicted, the Oath Keepers members might serve up to 20 years in prison.

What are the allegations? Prosecutors say Rhodes wanted to stop the transition of presidential power to Joe Biden. They claim the Oath Keepers, led by Rhodes, plotted for weeks over the encrypted chat app Signal and video calls to stockpile weapons and form teams to invade the Capitol. In media interviews, Rhodes said he did not plan to storm the Capitol and the members who did went rogue. Rhodes himself did not enter the building on Jan. 6. Prosecutors say he held a video call days after the election telling members to defend Trump as the duly elected president. He allegedly called for the use of force if necessary on a private Signal group chat titled “DC OP: Jan 6 21.” It is not clear how the authorities accessed encrypted social media messages.

Dig deeper: Read my report with Esther Eaton in The Stew about what investigators, police, and the public have learned since the Capitol riot.


Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.

@CarolinaLumetta

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RKIM8631

As someone who has voted Republican mostly for my life, the concerns below concern me. Politics are important, but not secondary to the Gospel and the love of Christ. There are Democrats who are in the Body of Christ, liberals in the Body of Christ, and there are evil people spreading lies and deception, stirring up unholy anger in the Body of Christ in the conservative/Republican world. There is plenty to criticize of some of the Democrats and their worldview, but as soon as you demonize those you disagree with, it makes it difficult for those who need Jesus to see the love of Christ and difficult to have mercy and compassion for those lost. Do not judge (Matthew 7:1-5). Ask God if you have a plank in your own eye.
There has been corruption in elections in history, but this election did not have more, and certainly some of it was from Republicans. Jesus had many who had hoped for a kingdom on earth, Peter even struck the soldier's ear off in the thought of physical struggle, but Jesus submitted for the greater good. Even if you insist on calling Democrats and liberals enemies, you are called to love them and pray those who persecute you (Matthew 5:43-44). We are not called to just love those who love us, but to be perfect (Matthew 5:48).
Sincerely, remove the labels from January 6 and ask yourself if you would look at this differently. Look at the videos, the threats verbal and physical to our head officials, the attack on the police guarding our leaders (and the suicides/deaths of those related to the attacks), which had both Democrats and Republicans fearing for their lives. Even more so, pretend those were Democratic extremists attacking. Do you really think that this action is representative of peacemakers (Matthew 5:9)? Do you think that such violence and hatred is how Jesus would respond, who said do not resist an evil person, to turn the other cheek? (Matthew 5:38-39)? To have unholy anger to even call someone a fool? (Matthew 5:22)
Our focus should be more towards the needy around us, physically, financially, spiritually. To those who are homeless, those who need mercy. Jesus desires mercy from us, not sacrifice (Matthew 9:13). He wants our hearts to be as God's. I pray that the Holy Spirit open your eyes to see as God sees., to help us in or prayer (Romans 8:26, John 14:26) Be careful that in our legitimate concerns for abortion, the Supreme Court, marriage, etc. that we do not face Jesus later and find out that all of our deeds that look good and we think for him mean nothing since we did not know him (Matthew 7:22-23).
If we are anxious in the waves, our eyes are not on Jesus and we will sink (Matthew 14:22-33). If we have anxiety, we are not looking for the peace of God, when we should be rejoicing even within our troubles (Philippians 4:4-7). When we do whatever that is praiseworthy of God, then we can have peace (Philippians 4:8-9).
We listen to God before any human institution, not our forefathers, not the constitution. We are Christians first, Americans second. I in my mind and heart do not believe for one minute that the 2020 Presidential Election was stolen, but even if it was, Satan wins if we allow all of this hubbub distract us from The Great Commission, from us fighting spiritual battles for our neighbors over governmental battles. We vote, should be active in our society in government, but never at sacrificing carrying the love of Christ, in meekness and gentleness more often than we have been, to become the aroma of God. In a world where Christians face far more persecution than us, in an increasingly hostile culture where people shoot restaurant workers over a problem with their order, we need to lead as individuals in our communities and in the world to help the downtrodden and turn an increasingly violent world into one of peacemaking , to give hope to all of the oppressed and lost.
Do not get caught up in ways of the world, power of the world at the cost of bringing shame to the Gospel. Test what you are hearing like the Bereans (Acts 17), in Christianity and in the world. Do not simply accept what "Christians" say. Chuck Colson once said that when he worked under Richard Nixon, that he knew they could control the Evangelicals if they gave them enough to stay, persuade, entice them even. We need to recognize how politicians can entice us with power, play on our fears, make us focus too much on earth and our own security rather than God's security, which is there no matter how dire our world. Just because evil leaders can give us good gifts does not mean we are to defend or worship them. When we associate with truly evil actions and character and refuse to call them out, we are just another political group rather than the ambassadors of God. Whether it be media hosts, elected officials, whoever, we are called to rebuke evil even within our own ranks, expelling the immoral brother if we have to. Our message to the world includes accountability within our Body but grace for restoration
Even if you disagree with all of the above, I am still praying for you and those of all parties to not let the necessary engagement in this world politically and overall not take us away from God's love, security and peace, and from loving others as ourselves. I see a lot of weary and burdened people now, in the Body and outside of it. Please remember Jesus message, and pray for wisdom to follow the Greatest Commandment (Mark 12:29) to love the Lord with everything, and love your neighbor as yourself. Pray for rest for your souls from Christ (Matthew 11:28-29). He is waiting for you, to relieve your burden and help you to convey that to the world.

Salty1RKIM8631

I believe this post contains a lot of Christianeaze talk lacking real wisdom. Christians need to be aware of the diabolical plans and activities of the enemies of Christ and resist them. Read Nehemiah 6:1-14 and see how Nehemiah didn’t entertain the wicked plans of the enemies of the Jews but resisted them every step of the way and completed the wall to protect the Jewish people. Walls are used to keep the enemies out and yet many today treat a wall on our southern border as a great evil. Nehemiah would not agree. Trusting God doesn’t mean we sit on our hands waiting for God to save us. We have to do our part too in recognizing the evil schemes of Christ’s enemies and protecting ourselves where we can just like Nehemiah did.
“There are Democrats who are in the Body of Christ, liberals in the Body of Christ, and there are evil people spreading lies and deception, stirring up unholy anger in the Body of Christ in the conservative/Republican world.“
Certainly, there are people who don’t understand the political dynamics and vote Democrat because their family has always voted Democrat. They may have misguided notions that by having big government take care of the poor that is a good thing. Or that we need to let 2 billion illegal immigrants into our country to take care of the poor and love the stranger, fatherless and widow. They fail to distinguish the roles of government, the church, citizens and nonprofit organizations. But even if there are some Christians who vote Democrat, it doesn’t mean we have to go along with the evil plots and plans that the larger party schemes up. These are NOT lies or deceptions! Does it really seem rational when the president and others says that the January 6th riot was worse than the civil war, 911, or Pearl Harbor? And then they form a special group in the FBI to target conservatives and Christians? Is this not unsettling at the very least and something we should resist? It really is fascism that the Democrats are embracing which is counter to our Constitution. Now if you are going to say this is a lie, then I would challenge you to prove it so. Provide evidence to counter my claim.
“ We need to recognize how politicians can entice us with power, play on our fears, make us focus too much on earth and our own security rather than God's security, which is there no matter how dire our world. Just because evil leaders can give us good gifts does not mean we are to defend or worship them.”
Recognizing that Democrats are doing evil things that are scary, doesn’t mean we can ignore those evil things and don’t do our part in voicing those dangers and attempt to resist them. Jesus sent his disciples out with swords the final time to show them the need to use wisdom at the same time of having faith. Peter cut off the soldiers ear in a misuse of the sword because Jesus had to die on the cross to save us from our sins - for us believers. Peter’s misuse of the sword doesn’t do away with the principle that we use wisdom, even taking swords along on dangerous roads and places. In other words, we should protect ourselves from evil actors on the political stage when confronted with them. There is nothing wrong in doing this.
Who exactly are the “evil leaders” that you are talking about and what exactly have they done to make them evil? Which leader are we supposedly worshiping? I would say that you are following the leftist propaganda if you are referring to President Trump. Shame on anyone who would say this for they are judging unfairly.
“ When we associate with truly evil actions and character and refuse to call them out, we are just another political group rather than the ambassadors of God.”
Again who are you talking about? Is it Trump? What exactly are the evil actions and are you spreading slander? Trump did fight for our cause and the extreme resistance was due in large part because of his support of us. Trump has some old baggage in his closet but most all of that happened many years ago and we have absolutely no business dredging it up for it is between him and his church - assuming there is any merit in the allegations.
“ Even if you insist on calling Democrats and liberals enemies, you are called to love them and pray those who persecute you (Matthew 5:43-44).”
Did Nehemiah go along with his enemies in the name of “love”? No he ignored them and resisted them because he recognized they were doing the devil’s work. Nehemiah said the following to his enemies praying to God:
“My God, remember Tobias and Sanballat, according to their works, and the prophetess Noadiah and the rest of the prophets who would have me afraid.”
Nehemiah pointed out the wicked actions of the enemies of God in prayer asking God to remember them. Certainly, we should pray for our enemies and show them love where possible, but we definitely don’t cave to their wishes and give them the rope to hang ourselves. That would be plain foolish.
Yes, Democrats are our enemies where they are fighting to imposes restrictions on worship and church which exceeds their authority. They are pushing for abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism, limitations on religious liberties, open borders, anarchy, elimination of police, the elimination of their political enemies, pushing a radical “woke” mentality, and promoting racism. At the same time I say this I recognize there are some Christian Democrats who are in our churches who don’t have evil agendas and seek to honor God.

VVAN8867

Why do we write of these events as if they are personally scary? The cites that burned in the summer personally scary? The tanks in the streets in the 60’s the burning of one’s own neighborhood? What’s new pussycat? But a personal affront to the nation while, yes not a good look? And the look of jailing offender outside of due process?

MsGeorgiaWashington

Our Forefathers told us that if our current Govt was tyrannical, that we had a recourse and what these people were doing, was in line with that.

I THINK THERE ARE MORE OF US OUT HERE THAT WANT ALL DEMS OUT OF OFFICE because they hate our CONSTITUTION and America, especially since it has been proven that they STOLE THE 2020 ELECTION.

Salty1

It is interesting that a few weeks ago members of Congress called the FBI out on the fact that no charges were made to anyone for “insurrection” or “sedition”. How quickly did they gin up new charges. This shows that the left are weaponizing the FBI against conservatives and Trump supporters where the actual charges are frivolous and baseless. The left is moving rapidly in the direction of fascism which runs counter to our constitution.