Is There Anything NOT a Sign of the ‘End Times’

Matt Barber and the clueless folks at Liberty Counsel have detected yet another sign that the “end times” are upon us. This time it’s the existence of gay Christians and the fact that some people don’t hate them nearly as much as Barber would like them to.

On Liberty Counsel’s “Faith and Freedom” radio broadcast today, Matt Barber and Deryl Edwards discussed the increasing support for gay rights among Christians and the rise in the number of Christians who are coming out as gay, like Christian singer Vicky Beeching.

To Barber and Edwards, this sort of “great falling away from the clear words of Scripture” just might be a sign that the End Times are rapidly approaching.

“This looks to be,” Barber said, “at least to me, that it may be the beginning of this great falling away” that was prophesied in the Bible. Edwards agreed, saying that this is exactly what Paul warned would happen as the End Times grow near.

Citing 1 Timothy 4:1, which warns that “in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons,” Edwards said that this seems to be what is happening today.

“Are we in the Last Days?” he asked. “It sure seems like it.”

For premillenialist Christians, signs of the end times are a lot like false flag operations for Alex Jones — they seem them everywhere.

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  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    And you know as well as I do that if the End Times do come, Jones will immediately declare it a false flag operation.

  • John Pieret

    signs of the end times are a lot like false flag operations for Alex Jones — they seem them everywhere.

    Of course they are everywhere! There are far too many people who don’t think just like Barber and Edwards … and they are no longer allowed to burn them.

  • bahrfeldt

    False pro(phe)(fi)teers, again.

  • dingojack

    John Pieret (#2) – damn carbon dioxide cap and trade!!

    [shakes fist]
    :) Dingo

  • anubisprime

    Ahhh!…they have finally noticed…

    Damn I had hoped to sneak up on them and jump outta the closet shouting boo!

    Quote attributed to the managing director of ‘The End Times…(Inc)…’

  • lldayo

    The signs are indeed everywhere. My next door neighbor has 2 dogs and 2 cats…LIVING UNDER THE SAME ROOF!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=730511544 billdaniels

    If the End of Times does come, the tea party will claim that Obama caused it to distract us from Benghazi. And Jesus will be shot for being an illegal alien. All of this will be funded by Lois Lerner, of course.

  • Chiroptera

    Edwards agreed, saying that this is exactly what Paul warned would happen as the End Times grow near.

    Paul prophecied that people would become kinder and more decent to one another? Gosh, I can see why Yahweh would have a problem with that and decide to shut the whole thing down.

  • dugglebogey

    I actually think they’re right, that it is the “end times” but not for the world, but for their religions being the bosses of everyone. The growth of bitterness and anger expressed in the form of bigotry is hopefully the death spiral of the influence of religion on public policy.

  • anubisprime

    dugglebogey @ 5

    Absolutely…and one ‘prophecy’ to make would be that as their influence drains away from an increasingly secular society, their idiocy and desperation will bring forth such ridiculous claims that they will actually hasten the end of their scam themselves…

    Folks are starting to notice the pathetic bullshite these scam artists like to practice and as ‘modern’ times slowly but irrevocably shuts down their income, their disparate claims will become really fuckin’ obtuse, if not out right childish…they are already knocking on the door of juvenile make believe that passes for camp fire gossip and fear mongering on a dark night, it is a matter of a short time when folks realise they are being had really badly…and damn they feel foolish, the backlash might get interesting though!

  • anubisprime

    Sorry dugglebogey @ 5 should read dugglebogey @ 9

  • dingojack

    dugglebogey – “This is the way the world will end

    This is the way the world will end

    This is the way the world will end

    Not with bang but whimper.”

    Dingo

    ———

    (Yes I know “…the man ain’t got to culture/ but it’s OK Ma everyone must get Stoned…”)

  • noe1951

    Why does anyone follow what Paul said – I thought they profess to following Christ

  • theguy

    From what I remember from reading the Bible a few years ago, in the New Testament’s various “Letters to The Congregation of Wherever” some of the writers were already accusing others of mass apostasy. From what I understand, there were different strands of Christianity in the first two centuries until Pauline Christianity won out.

    So, not so much a prophesy as an opinion statement about people from long ago.

  • CJO

    Paul didn’t write the Pastorals, of which 1 Timothy is one. Ironically for the end times enthusiasts wanting to see prophecy in that passage, it is obviously a retrojected prophecy. The forger of the letter is using the persona of Paul, a figure of probably two generations past, to make a “fulfilled” prediction about events in the author/forger’s time, that is, events that have already occurred in the early/mid 2nd century.

    So Barber’s a little behind the times.

  • Chiroptera

    CJO, #15: Paul didn’t write the Pastorals, of which 1 Timothy is one.

    These clowns hold their myths about the Bible to be just as important as the myths in the Bible. Most fundamentalist Protestants still believe that Moses wrote the first five books.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    If there are no more signs of the end times, it probably means that the end times are upon us and it’s all over.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Most fundamentalist Protestants still believe that Moses wrote the first five books.

    I thought the bit he wrote about his death and burial was particularly poignant. It also served as an important milestone in post-mortem writing, which has proved profitable for L. Ron Hubbard, Tom Clancy, and other forgettables.

  • shadowwalkyr

    A decent tomato crop?

    Y’know, I was driving down California’s Central Valley, which is a major agricultural area, and I passed this tomato field and these plants, y’know, plants are supposed to be green, but there was so much red here . . . clearly it’s a sign of the end times when plants turn red.

    I guess not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    “Are we in the Last Days?” he asked. “It sure seems like it.”

    Then get raptured already and leave the rest of us alone!

  • Kevin Kehres

    Silly…the end times happened in October 2012. We’re so over that.

  • Al Dente

    The end times are going to be happening any time now since about 100 CE.


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