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I’ve met many pastors in my life.. hey, I married one wha! I’ll often press pastors on their theology and moreso their eschatology. Ok, every pastor I’ve ever met I’ve asked them to detail their end times understanding. Its one of the things that is divisive and really gets to the heart of who a pastor is and how he intends to lead his church.
Rabbit trail, bible prophecy should not be divisive, at least not more so then any other point in the bible with which scholars disagree. Funny right! Just about EVERY thing in the bible has minimum 3 opinions on it. When it comes to bible prophecy though its divisive… not worth the time to discuss because its too divisive. What? Oh man. Makes zero sense… Don’t they question other parts of the bible enough that would make them out of bounds for preaching by that logic? I think its from the devil himself that pastors don’t preach stuff that makes up two thirds of the bible. Thats right, bible prophecy makes up about two thirds of the bible. From the prophecies in the old testament of the coming Messiah, Jesus, to the prophecies of the nations, the prophecies of the various figures in the bible all the way up to end time prophecy.
Done Rabbit trail.. then again maybe not, I’ll probably veer into that again. So ya. Many of the reasons put forth for NOT preaching it is that:
- they don’t understand it well enough
- it causes too many questions
- its not really important to ones salvation
- it causes people to think christians are wacky
- It causes people to get focused on the wrong things.
- I’m probably missing a few…
First, they are pastors, they are supposed to spend much of their time interpreting the bible for us lay folk. I guess its too complicated to learn bible prophecy. Hey, I’m not saying you need all the answers, how about just teaching it, or even just reading it?!
Its not critical to ones salvation, agreed. However, I believe it is a major pillar in ones christian walk to know Gods plan of redemption, His plan for this world, His plan for the Jews. Not to mention the hope it gives us in looking for the return of the Lord.
Pastors say, ‘people get obsessed with it, they get off the rails, thats why I don’t preach it’. Since when did God tell us not to teach bible prophecy, the coming of the son of man, the man of perdition and the dreams of the book of Daniel.
Did you know it says in Revelation that you are blessed if you read it? It goes out of the way, the only book of the bible, and says you WILL be blessed if you read it. Guess all those pastors are missing out on that one.
Now I’m not talking about ALL pastors. Our pastor Phil has some great ideas and thoughts on bible prophecy and he puts stuff into the sermons here and there on it, even sprinkling in some current events now and then. Wish he did more but at least he doesn’t shun it.
And as a pastor, you agree that the bible is the inspired word of God. In fact all Christians basically have to have come to that conclusion, otherwise why are you following a bible that has fallible parts to it? Its all or nothing really if you’re a true christian. And if its inspired, its all, and its Gods words to man, it obvious that you should be teaching it, verse by verse, cover to cover.
If you don’t understand it, learn it! If you still don’t understand it after studying it, we have in this day and age a plethora of well read Christian teachers who major in this stuff and have spent their lives on it. Buy a DVD for the church, get a guy in for a prophecy conference, play a youtube video on a sunday night of a teacher that is able to teach it better than you.
There is really no excuse in this day and age, AND with the state of the world for bible prophecy not to be taught. And I believe it should be much more prominently taught. Same with creation actually.
Oh and the other point, bible prophecy causes people to focus on the wrong things? Ya, focusing on the kingdom to come is bad 😛 Knowing Gods plan for your future and the future of the bride of Christ is bad 😛 Knowing two thirds of the bible is bad 😛
And if you’re worried that ‘good’ christians will fly off the rail, and get addicted to bible prophecy, A) your job is to teach the word of God and B) likely that would fire them up to learn more, read their bible more, tell others and be good watchmen for God.
Bible prophecy isn’t everything, no part of the bible IS everything. We have 66 books which together make up Gods written word to mankind. Its inspired cover to cover (if you don’t believe that, why believe any part of it?), which by measure means that if you preach one part, you should preach all parts. In biblical terms, you would be ‘wrongly dividing the word of God’. The verse is to rightly divide the word of God.
I ain’t no theologian, and yes, bible prophecy is a bit of a hobby horse and its not something ALL will be involved with as much as I. However, I think its very obvious to anyone paying attention that there is almost a completely lack of attention to it in todays churches…
I’m hoping to have that particular crown in heaven!
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