Fri, 9 Dec 2011 14:56:07 -0500 (EST)
Source: Political Research Associates
Just in time for Christmas, a video game featuring Christians killing off Jews and atheists who decline to be converted will hit the shelves of Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Target, and many other retailers. Left Behind 4: World at War is the latest in a string of controversial video games based on the mega bestselling Left Behind novels by minister Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. The book series depicts the Rapture, the antichrist (characterized as a United Nations general secretary), and an impending apocalypse. The violent video games are true to the books’ apocalyptic theology and murderous rampages targeting demonized enemies.
Game players assume the role of Christian gang members roaming post-apocalyptic Manhattan. To score points and advance to higher levels, players must convert as many Jews, atheists, or others who serve the antichrist. If unable to convert the nonbelievers, players may kill them.
Christian video game publisher Left Behind Games Inc. is offering a free demonstration model to churches. "We see it as a beacon of light that could shine in the dark world of video games," said Director of Outreach Ministries Jerome Mikulich. "The most important thing is that it helps kids realize there is power in the spirit world, and that by praying they can endure and get through their real-life situations.