One of the more popular--and notorious--televangelists on TBN is Rod Parsley, the pastor of World Harvest Church in Columbus, Ohio and the host of "Breakthrough" on TBN. He was a major player on the religious right earlier in the millennium, but has remained out of the spotlight lately. Well, he reentered it in a big way two days ago. He had as his guest Perry Stone, another prominent televangelist. They got into a discussion about the health care reform law, and suggested that its passage may be hastening the End Times. Specifically, Stone claimed that eventually, we'll all have to have health care chips implanted in our hands--and it will be the Mark of the Beast. People for the American Way got a clip.
How insane is this? According to Stone, at least one state senator is drafting a bill that would block such implants, and at least three others find the claim credible. The mind reels.