Russell Moore, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, has had enough of evangelists making end-of-the-world predictions.
According to this report, Moore last week argued that “any day could be Judgment Day,” but at the same time, warned that such doomsday predictions:
Have little to do with religion and everything to do with marketing.
What is more, he cautioned:
Sometimes people reject the good news of Christianity while never knowing that what they are turning aside isn’t, in fact, anything that Jesus or those he sent said at all..
He was reacting to the latest failed doomsday prediction that said the world would end on September 23.
Moore, a “liberal” who caused deep divisions among Baptists for, among other things, his anti-Trump views, also had a pop at various Christian TV evangelists and talk-show hosts who promote a “frantic” message that the world is ending soon – without specifying a date.
Usually proponents will just note how interesting it is that Bible prophecies about signs in the heavens and earthquakes just happen to sound like earthquakes and hurricanes and solar eclipses in the news right now.
Many of them will then have books for sale about how to discern these times, and some even have for sale, conveniently enough, freeze-dried packets of lima beans one can purchase for one’s post-Armageddon bomb shelter.
Moore insisted that this is not new and is far from biblical Christianity.
Jesus, and then his apostles, told us to expect a day of final judgment, to look for the return of Christ to our present reality of space and time. But the key to all of this is the unexpected nature of it. Jesus said that life would go on, just as it always does, until, suddenly – like a thief in the night – the eastern skies explode into light …
One thing is for sure. When that day does arrive, we will not need numerology to figure out if it’s here. Jesus will be visible and indisputable. And he will not be selling anything.