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The Bad News of God?​

I'm not in an especially good mood right now, and it may not be the best time to write a blurb like this. That being said, today I want to look at the big picture of the Church's great obsession of our time.

There is hardly a facet of the Church which is not hollering the apocalypse at the top of its lungs. From the most ordinary layman to the most prominent national pastor, Christ's bride is caught up in the hysteria of the end times. Across the world, Christians are being told that we are at the absolute gates of the rapture, the tribulation, and God’s burning wrath upon sinners. Well, with this blurb I have decided to show my audacious side. And my inspiration, ironically enough, comes from Israel.

Have you ever heard of the Tenth Man? It's a military intelligence principle conceived by the Israelis following their disastrous intelligence failure in 1973 which led to the Yom Kippur War. It runs as follows:

If nine individuals in a group of ten receive the same info and agree on a resolution, it’s the responsibility of the tenth to protest, highlight all potential issues with that resolution, and argue the case for unlikelier scenarios – even if they’re on the same page as the other nine.

I do not know if we are at the very end of the end. Maybe we are. But with the Church so united in its obsessive groupthink, so supercharged in its proclamation that humanity is on the absolute edge of the cliff of horror and cataclysm, I feel like we need a Tenth Man to evaluate the issue as though - just maybe - we are not.

First of all, for us in the west to assumethat the end is near is ethnocentric. Pure and simple. It is the equivalent of saying that God loves us more than others and always has.

African Christianity is exploding. More Christians live in African nations than any other continent. The Christian population has almost doubled there since 2000, and there continue to be around thirty-five thousand new African converts every day.

China has long been known as the atheistic epicentre of the world; and yet it is poised to eclipse the US as the world's most Christian nation by 2030, and may even be a majority Christian nation by 2050.

Christianity is on the rise like never before. Souls are being saved, friend. A wholesale miracle is spreading across the developing world.

And we here in the west just expect God to bring that to a massive, screeching halt… for what? For us? For our presuppositions? For our fear? For our safety? Even if the west -with a church on every corner, and Bibles stacked halfway to the sky - falls utterly into chaos or poverty or tyranny, why should God cease his historic harvest of saved souls going on as I write? Hell, maybe the west could use a little chaos and poverty and tyranny… are these not prevalent in the places we are discussing?

Secondly, prominent voices in the Church have been predicting God's judgement throughout history. Pope Innocent III did it in 1284. William Miller did it in the 1830's. Billy Graham got a definite blotch on his permanent record in 1950 when he warned the world that the end would come in two years.

Misinterpretation of Christ's return dates back to the first century, with many in the first generation of the Church believing it would happen in their own lifetimes.

They were all sincere. They were all intelligent and educated. They all did their research, studied Scripture and looked carefully at what was happening in the world around them.

And they were all wrong. They wasted their time and mindpower. They caused tremendous fear and then massive disappointment to those who took them seriously. And they served a sumptuous feast to skeptics and scoffers.

Today's doomsayers are no different. They think they have all the facts, that they are doing God's work and spreading his knowledge, when not even Christ himself knew what was going to happen.

Finally, there is a fundamental problem with this end times hysteria: it is one big, ugly wrench in the blessed machinery of the spreading of the Good News of God. This endless stream of 'The end is near' is stifling the Great Commission.

If we're busy bunkering down for doomsday, we aren't preaching the Gospel. And even when we do, we are preaching a Gospel smeared with fear and gloom and unhappiness. No one is going to accept Christ under penalty of the terror of the Apocalypse. No one is obliged to.

Precisely how many souls do we expect to save with a Gospel of fear?!

I will not, under any circumstances, submit to a negative gospel. Bipolar notwithstanding, I am a profoundly happy man. I invite my unbelieving reader to an experience of joy and laughter and freedom, and leave the end of the world in God's hands where it belongs.

It is coming. Don't get me wrong. The Bible makes that abundantly clear. But I see far too much potential in this world to assume that we are on the threshold. The Church is on the rise, and on the move.

And even if we are at the end, I will keep working and moving. Nowhere in Bible is there any exception which alters the course of the Great Commission anywhere but outward with all the strength that God can give us.

And we are always to spread the Good News.

William D'Andrea

Well-known member
Mar 6, 2017
I have often prayed about this. I've told the Lord that I don't want all those horrible things happening during my lifetime. Especially not to anyone who I know personally. In Jesus Name. Amen.


Staff member
Sep 27, 2005
First of all, for us in the west to assume that the end is near is ethnocentric. P
I'm not sure what to make of that. The church has been looking forward to the end times as far back as Peter. It seems like a persistent tradition. (That's not to say we should try to think ourselves more clever than Christ who, as you note, told us in no uncertain terms that we would not know about Christ's second coming until the day arrives.)

And we are always to spread the Good News.
Amen. Let the Lord find us busy in the fields on His return.

Tom Scott

Active Member
Oct 9, 2020
I think your premise is correct. The end is coming, but as believers, who cares? We know how the story ends and we know what our tasks are. As Johne mentioned above, when it happens, we need to be found busy doing our jobs.


Well-known member
May 29, 2018
As I read my Bible, Jesus said He did not know when God would judge the world. He told the disciples that only God knows when this will happen.

Granted, I see signs that make me wonder. However, that does not give me permission to sit back and let that event happen without trying to assist those who are homeless, food insecure, and those searching for God.


Active Member
Jul 25, 2023
My understanding is that the signs of the times were meant to encourage Christians that their redemption draws near, and to focus on God's kingdom, rather than instill fear and gloom.

While bad things may be happening (and have throughout all of history), if indeed the end is near - if we are seeing this as doom and gloom, then I'd have to question whether our treasure (and our heart) are focused on the things of this world, or whether they are focused on His Kingdom. I strongly suspect (and I include myself in this), that in the West, we have invested far more in this world than we should, and the thought of that collapsing around us and coming to and end is where the fear may be coming from.

If I recall correctly, the scriptures do say that we will know the times. (Not the day or hour, but the season). I guess one question I have is whether the times are being known because Western Christianity is discerning correctly, or whether we are wrapped up in the world, and then things of the world far more than we realize. I don't have an answer to this.

It's difficult times, but maybe all this is part of God circumcising's the flesh (or the world) from our spiritual heart. I don't know - just some random thoughts of mine.


New member
Sep 8, 2023
Good word! I do not like hearing people try to fear people into accepting Christ. Yeshua was all about love and loving people into the Kingdom. I work at a university and it seems like the loudest "christians" are the ones with the megaphone telling students they are going to Hell. How do they expect anyone to want to follow that message. That, to me is Not the gospel. Fear and hate have no place in a followers heart. May God come in His timing and my we all be approved workmen when He arrives.


Well-known member
May 29, 2018
I work at a university and it seems like the loudest "Christians" are the ones with the megaphone telling students they are going to Hell. How do they expect anyone to want to follow that message.
When I was away from the LORD, I disliked hearing statements like to what you refer. In my mind, I could see a "Christian" jerking up another person by the coat collars and shaking them. Not something I would want to see in public.


Active Member
Jul 25, 2023
I agree hate has no place in a Christian life. I disagree though that fear doesn't. I believe it does- provided it's the right fear and used correctly. ie:

Luke 12:5b Fear Him which after He has killed, has the power to cast into Hades.
Acts 9:31b walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
Jude 1:23 Others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire
Rev 14:7 mentions to 'fear God, and give glory to Him.'

There are many scriptures that also mention not fearing (or to fear not), etc. Neither one, nor the other should ignored, but they should be understood correctly.

While telling someone that they're going to hell if they live an unrepentant life is definitely unpopular, I'm not convinced it's always wrong. I think it can still be loving, depending on how it's done. I am concerned about messages that preach a Messiah or a God that is all about love, but disregard His other attributes; His Holiness, and His Righteousness. Too often people think of "Jesus, meek and mild", and don't realize that when He returns, He won't be meek and mild, but there will be war.

It is true that God is love, and doesn't desire any to perish, and that when Christ came, He came not to condemn the world, but to save it. He also warned that sin will be Judged. I suspect that preaching a God of love, without righteousness or judgement is probably just as bad as preaching a God of vengeance and justice without love.

I often picture in my mind the problem we have walking down this difficult and narrow road is that we see the gutter to our left and think "I don't want to fall in there", and we're so horrified by what we see and focus on keeping distance, we risk slipping right on over into the gutter on the right.

I have no idea what's happening at universities, or what people are doing with megaphones, so I can't comment on that. But what I hove observed that concerns me is what I perceive to be idolatry creeping into the church. Preaching of a different God; One only of Love. Choosing selective scriptures to support this, and ignoring others that speak of God's other attributes of Him being Holy, and Righteous, and His Judgement, or vengeance. Messages that preaching a Jesus that you simply 'accept' without any mention of sin. I've even witnessed a universalist theology slowly being accepted where because 'God is love", everyone is going to be saved. I believe both love and judgement/fear need to be balanced.

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