Failed doomsday prophecies may be turning people off Jesus, evangelical leader warns
Christianity Today Failed doomsday prophecies may be turning people off Jesus, evangelical leader warns Stoyan Zaimov
With the latest doomsday prediction coming to pass without fulfillment, prominent Christian leaders are warning that although Jesus Christ will return one day, nobody knows exactly when that will be.
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, pointed in a Washington Post article on Friday to numerous media reports that swirled in the past few weeks concerning predictions that the world will end on Sept. 23.
The doomsday reports were largely based on "Christian numerologist" David Meade's interpretation of Luke 21:25, who came up with the Sept. 23 doomsday date by analyzing how the recent solar eclipse over America and Hurricane Harvey fit in with Scripture.
Moore argued that "any day could be Judgment Day," but at the same time, warned that such doomsday speculation "has 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."