Imprecatory prayers

I just heard this phrase for the first time today and I’m not sure I understand it. Are Christians really allowed to pray for bad things to happen to people they don’t like? Apparently a Baptist pastor, Wiley Drake, is calling for people to pray to do battle against an organization called Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Since churches are tax-exempt, in theory they’re not supposed to endorse political candidates. Wiley apparently did, on stationery for his church, so Americans United complained to the IRS. Here’s his statement:

Is this really considered okay by Christians?

Update: Where are my blog manners? I heard about this via The Carpetbagger Report.


3 Responses to “Imprecatory prayers”

  1. 1 Tim Archer August 15, 2007 at 9:24 pm


    Jesus said, ““But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”(Luke 6:27-28)

    The Apostle Paul wrote: “Do not repay anyone evil for evil… Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.” (Romans 12:17-19)

    —Tim Archer

  2. 2 John August 16, 2007 at 5:21 am

    I spent my entire life going to a church that told me that I should pray that terrible things happen to President Clinton (for example), doctors that perform abortions, or the owners of a particular business establishment. Just to name a few. After spending a good portion of my adult live drinking that Kool-Aid, I have gladly given it up.

    I don’t understand how these “pastors” preach this stuff without looking for impending lightning, or the people in the pews for that matter.

  1. 1 Praying for Damnation :Rejected Reality Trackback on June 13, 2009 at 8:26 pm

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