We’ll never know how many preachers who preach and write end-is-near sermons and books really believe what they say. Surely, there must be at least a few who think, “Man, that line always works–wish I could use it every week.”
It has financed many a career. One has to wonder why people believe the line when it is such an old trick.
A sister theme is this: Our morals are declining so fast, time is about up. The New York Times Bestseller List includes a book of this topic, Turning the Tide, by Rev. Charles Stanley.
Rev. Stanley’s list of moral failings includes corrupt leaders, terrorism, divorce, redefining of marriage, abortion, single-parent families, false prophets and toleration of immorality. Stanley says we must repent of these “unresolved sins”.
Recalling the messages of my childhood evangelical church, I’m sure the sins listed above would not have been of end-of-time importance. End of time sins then were working on Sunday, cursing and drinking alcholol. The world did not end back then. This proves those sins were really not as important as they were made out to be.
Can we be certain today’s sins are game enders? Stanley is certain. There is a “destructive man made tide that is deteriorating our country at a frightening pace,” he writes. We are facing a tsunami.
I wish each of Stanley’s books carried a sticker, “Don’t buy this if you’ve heard to end of times thing before.”