Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 68: ‘A Grief Denied’


The vengeful demiurge of Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins seems like a cruel god. Both he and his followers seem to take a bit too much delight in the destruction of the wicked and the weak. They seem to be basing their idea of God on a twisted paraphrase of Julian of Norwich: “All go to Hell, and all go to Hell, and every kind of person goes to Hell.” [Read more...]

NRA: The most trusted name in news (is not ‘Global Weekly’)


So far in the Great Tribulation, CNN is crushing the competition. The cable news channel has established itself as the one and only reliable source for breaking news in the earth’s last days. Fox News is AWOL in this story — I suppose because everyone there was Raptured. And over at Global Weekly, the world’s greatest reporter has decided to take the month off for an “escapade” in Israel, and to attend a funeral back in Illinois. [Read more...]

Pray that you will be among those ‘left behind’


To promote their Rapture mythology, “Bible prophecy” enthusiasts turn to Matthew 24, as read through the filter of the Scofield Bible and the lyrics of a Larry Norman song. But Larry and Scofield very clearly get that passage wrong. They’re reading it backwards. In Matthew 24, getting “left behind” is a Good Thing. [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 67: ‘Selective literalism’


The point of all three of Jesus’ stories, of course, is that the kingdom of God is made up of those who do good, not those who do evil — and particularly not those evildoers (weeds, goats, Dives) who ignore the needs of the poor. To read such stories and ignore this point is perverse. To interpret them as primarily about the specific mechanics of the End Times — the role of Abraham and angels, the heat-setting of the fiery furnace — is even more perverse. [Read more...]

The 15th anniversary of Cam-Cam


In 1994, John Birch Society fantasies were not welcome in Republican politics. Then, over the following decade, Tim LaHaye published a series of books devoted to teaching and spreading those fantasies — books that became phenomenal best-sellers read by tens of millions of Americans. Today, LaHaye’s Bircher ideology is a serious factor in our national politics and may prove to be a decisive factor in the election of our next president. [Read more...]

NRA: Church board meeting

A look inside the new parsonage at New Hope Village Church.

This “Tribulation Force” quartet seems to assume that they’re the leaders of this congregation even though they don’t seem to even know anyone else’s name at this church. Rayford imagines the congregation sees him as a key figure in their community even though he doesn’t even live on this continent anymore. But now he and his friends are secretly appointing a new pastor for the church — a new spiritual leader the congregation will never meet and never even be told about. [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 66: ‘Leap of proof’

“My logic has been stretched to the breaking point,” Rayford Steele tells his daughter. The authors seem to think of this as a description of Christian faith. It’s a poor substitute. Faith is “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). The breaking point of logic, on the other hand, is usually considered madness. [Read more...]

NRA: Third-hand excitement


Let’s get back up to speed. “Bible prophecy” is all about the charts. Those charts promise a relentless series of exciting calamity, and these books are supposed to take us through all of those events. Yet here we are, more than 1,000 pages into this series, and we’ve barely budged past the first two items on the chart. Jerry Jenkins is about to double that progress — in the least-exciting way possible. [Read more...]