Making a Difficult Job Harder

I believe Jesus Christ is coming again; I just don’t believe Harold Camping has the right date. No one has the right date except God the Father (Matt. 24:36).

What Camping’s predictions do, however, is make the job of countless Christians more difficult. We try to warn people that Christ is going to return but now, due to Mr. C’s bogus May 21 date, the unsaved mock even more. Rapture Parties, to celebrate the fact that Christ didn’t return, are planned all around the world. Unbelievers mock and say, “Where is the promise of his coming” (2 Pet. 3:4)? Have you ever noticed how closely Peter connects his warnings about false prophets with the fact that many scoff at the return of the Lord? Read 2 Peter 2 and 3 together.

If I were to preach on the second coming of Christ at our church tomorrow, our people would accept it as the Word of God. They don’t need any convincing that Camping is a nutter. But what about the man or woman on the street? Would he or she accept a gospel tract from me? What if I said to him or her, “Be prepared. Jesus is coming again”? Would anyone listen?

The stupidity of apocalyptic prognosticators make legitimate Christian ministry more difficult. But we rely upon the power of the Holy Spirit. Only he can open blind eyes (1 Cor. 2:14). May he open the eyes of many. And may we as believers not be ashamed to say, “The day of the Lord draws near” (James 5:8).

2 Responses to “Making a Difficult Job Harder”

  1. Russ Cardwell says:

    As preached this morning, “Salvation is by faith alone and by grace alone in Jesus Christ alone.” Its little wonder this prognostication (and all others about the date of Christ’s return) was wrong since this false prophet’s message of salvation does not rely completely and solely on Christ. This serves as a reminder that only the Father knows the day and the hour of Christ’s return, as Rhett cites in Matt. 24:36. Our Heavenly Father knows what is best for His children and His Creation, so He warns us many times about false teaching in His Word. Praise God!

    YBIC,
    Russ

  2. Cindy Miller says:

    Unfortunately there are many “so called” Christians out there, in the public eye, who as you say “make the job harder”. Recently at my place of work a white non-believing woman (J) hesitantly asked a black woman (L) (who is open about her faith) about black preachers who, in her view, were preaching a message that seemed designed to stir up hatred. “Is your church like that, does your preacher preach like that?” she asked. There was a moment of surprise/hesitation and L answered “no, and I wouldn’t go to a church or listen to a preacher who preached like that”. We both were able to share briefly with J and I shared with her my sorrow over other “Christian” groups in the news who I felt dishonored Christianity with their non-Christ-like attitudes and actions. Interesting that she was willing to ask the question!