So what does it mean when, instead of praying for God to redeem and preserve the world, you devote your life to praying that God will conquer and destroy it? Well, the Trappists gave us Thomas Merton. IHOP gave us Tyler Deaton. —
Fred Clark at Slacktivist has a series of really interesting posts about the International House of Prayer, a Kansas City-based evangelical conglomerate that is featured in the film God Loves Uganda and in this recent Rolling Stone article about a murder.
Read them here:
“International House of Pride: Beware of God’s special apostles who bring the ‘prophetic word’ from God that they are apostles and they are special’
Slacktivist, where you find the best summary and unpacking of the “Left Behind” series anywhere.
Fundagelical Tim LaHaye thinks the 144,000 are to be “fulfilled” Jews—Jews who become Christian evangelists in the last days.
Jehovah’s Witnesses used to teach that the 144,000 are a literal number of people who will rule with Christ and Jehovah in Heaven—nobody else gets to go.
Apparently, none of them noticed that it’s a really, really big number and might have some metaphorical use.
Bruce Chilton, professor of religion at Bard College, on HuffPo: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-chilton/americas-apocalypse-armag_b_4195199.html
Yep, it’s Americans’ fault. Seriously.
Next apocalyptic prediction date: September 28, 2015
This comes courtesy of Pastor John Hagee, who’s got a long history of End Times-predicting—all of them wrong, but when has that ever stopped anyone?
His new prophetic date is explained in a video called “Four Blood Moons,” released recently.
For more—and the video—see “Pastor John Hagee sets new date for the apocalypse, based on ‘blood moons’ and Jewish holidays” at Death and Taxes: http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/207403/pastor-john-hagee-sets-new-date-for-apocalypse-based-on-blood-moons-and-jewish-holidays/