10 years ago: ‘Left Behind’ is evil

October 17, 2003 — 10 years! 10 … years! — here on slacktivist: ‘Left Behind’ is evil

It’s easy to dismiss these loopy ideas as a lunatic fringe, but that would be a mistake. The widespread popularity of this End Times mania has very real and very dangerous consequences, for America and for the church. (“Premillennial dispensationalism” — the technical terms for what these prophecy freaks teach — teaches that the Sermon on the Mount does not apply to Christians living today. It also undermines the core of Christianity — Jesus’ death and resurrection, and the hope of that resurrection. These are not tangential matters for Christians.)

The cultural standard bearer for these Very Bad Ideas is the “Left Behind” series of novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

These books have become so popular that every pastor in America is now confronted with the task of gently, pastorally explaining to their congregation why the theology of these books is misguided and misguiding.

I’m not a pastor, so I won’t be pastoral here. These books are evil, anti-Christian crap. This weekend, I’m beginning a new series of posts in which I’ll go through these books, page by page.

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