Power of Symbols

By Christopher Zoukis

Hoskins sought out Webster Smith and introduced himself.  He then invited Smith to join him at his table.  The two men spent the next two hours engaged in intense conversation.  Smith did most of the talking.  Hoskins interrupted occasionally, asking a question.  But for the most part, Hoskins simply listened.  He was soaking up information like a sponge.  Image courtesy youtube.com

When he got back to Virginia, Hoskins began to write.  He wrote for the next three years.  The result of his labors was an almost impenetrable and incomprehensible 469-page monster of a book – Vigilantes of Christendom.  In his book, Hoskins set out the concept of the Phineas Priesthood, using Numbers 25 as his starting point.  From there, Hoskins moved on, tracing the history of famous Phineas Priests.  According to Hoskins’ interpretation of history, famous Phineas Priests included John Wilkes Booth, Robin Hood, the Waffen SS, and the Ku Klux Klan.  And of course, Gordon Kahl, and Robert Mathews and The Order. 

Vigilantes asserted that anyone – man or woman – who saw the Law of God being broken was ordained by God to take any action necessary against those breaking the Law.  These law-breakers were called “ungodly.”  Hoskins called such actions “Phineas Acts.”

Hoskins provided Scripture to encourage and back up such violent “Phineas Acts.”  The first was Ehud, whose story was related in Judges 3: 1-30.  Ehud led an armed revolt against the Moabite occupation of territory belonging to the Tribe of Benjamin.  Ehud asked for and received an audience with the King of the Moabites.  Walking into the King’s presence, Ehud killed him.  Ehud then rallied the Israelites to take advantage of the situation.  Thousands of Moabites were slaughtered.

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