Judgement time, again


The world may or may not end this month. But in case you want an insider view with all the details, Faith Baptist Church in LaGrange, Ga., has quite a deal for you.
“Judgment Journey” will be shown numerous times throughout the month. For five dollars per person — cash only — one can experience a “45-minute journey through the end times of this world the way the Bible says it’s going to be.”
Promoters claim the video “will change the way you think about your future.” That’s what I’m afraid of.
Excuse the sarcasm in my fingertips, but I’ve heard enough dispensationalist eschatology to last a lifetime thanks to Hal Lindsey’s nonsense in the 1970s. He made a fortune selling books like “The Late, Great Planet Earth,” that assured us the end was near and made all kinds of crazy connections between biblical prophesy and modern-day events.
My beloved religion professor Dr. Jorge Gonzalez at Berry College finally put it in perspective for me. He told me to imagine that the young Christian Church is at risk of extinction due to severe persecution.
Then God intervenes and a special “Revelation” is given to the aging disciple John. The centerpiece of that message is not for the faithful few to hold on to their faith in the resurrected Christ, but rather: “Here’s what going to happen in about 2,000 years; just put this on a shelf for them.”
The idea that fulfillment of biblical prophesy is uniquely for us to know and experience is another example of how self-absorbed we have become. It’s always about us!
And how much more clearly did Jesus need to say that no one other than God knows this stuff?
So I think I’ll save my five dollars for something else this fall. And do something more helpful to the kingdom cause than trying to figure out how and when the world ends.
Of course, the good news is the church could have spent their time and energy presenting a more gruesome Judgment House this month instead.

6 Comments

  1. Wow, you are so intelligent and those dispensationalists like Ryrie and Walvood are just ignorant. Thanks for your grand liberal insight!

  2. I recall a book called “88 reasons the rapture will occur in 1988” I think that was the year mentioned. There was even a big full page ad taken out. I’ve always wondered what folks who put out this info charge money for it. After all, what good will it do?

    You have articulated my viewpoint on this matter pretty well.

  3. Danny-
    It would be interesting to know how many of these prophets/profits put the proceeds from their books into long-term investments, just in case they are wrong.
    Rwest-I’m the literalist here, taking Jesus at his word that no one but God knows…

  4. Where this conversation gets really interesting is when you begin to explore some statements of Bill Leonard’s Breakout with the Author of the Jesus Machine with some of the published concerns of former SBC president Bobby Welch and his network.
    From there you go to the legacy of Ed Young’s long time assistant and former SEBTS trustee Jim Deloach.
    That is where this matter really becomes ominous.

  5. And pardon me, but this is awfully germane.
    Bill Moyers had an exquisite interview with Tim Weber and a Jewish Rabbi last night, October 5 on his PBS Journal.
    Wade Burleson has embraced Mark Noll, so who knows if Jim Deloach’s Iron Wall on the Rapture may be crumbling too.

  6. I think your sarcasm is outweighed only by your arrogance. You owe them and all their labor an apology and Five Bucks.

    Romans 12:18

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