"Christ Jesus" is trending. I have some questions and observations...
Christ Jesus is reported to have said that he comes not to bring peace but a sword.

Would that sword be a Claymore or a Scimitar?

Claymores can be terrifying, especially when a bunch of Highlanders waving them are charging straight at you but curved blades are more efficient.
Doug Coe, longtime head of The Fellowship, observed that Christ Jesus said that to truly follow him, you must be willing to renounce "mother-father-brother-sister and even your own life".

Who does this? Like, almost nobody.
Coe liked to illustrate that point with the fact that during Mao's bloody Cultural Revolution, his young, Red Guard fanatics cut off the heads of their own parents, for the good of the state.

Follow Christ Jesus with that level of devotion, suggested Coe.
Coe also said that followers of Christ Jesus were like a mafia whose members made blood oaths to each other - that they would never betray each other and would willing to sacrifice their own lives for the cause.
And, Doug Coe emphasized the immense power of that mafia-like in-group loyalty, to Christ Jesus and his agenda.

Coe would illustrate this by pointing out that Hitler, Himmler, and Goebbels had this sort of loyalty to each other, and look what they accomplished!
I'm pretty sure that Rick Warren, who gave a prayer at Barack Obama's 1st inauguration, learned such Christ Jesus lessons from attending Doug Coe's small group sermons. Warren moved in such elite, National Prayer Breakfast circles that he would have had an in...
Warren's riff on Doug Coe's Christ Jesus lessons was to observe that if believers could be as devoted as Hitler Youth but to Jesus, not Hitler, that Christians could "take the world". When he said this in a baseball stadium, his followers held up signs saying "whatever it takes".
I wrote about that, back in the day. This story has video of Warren giving his Christ Jesus/"Hitler Youth" lesson. He also put that in one of his books, "The Purpose Driven Church". huffpost.com/entry/follow-j…

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