October 19, 2011 3 Comments
Remember earlier this year when the world didn’t end?
Like every other doomsday prophecy throughout history, the May 21st rapture promised by Oakland-based Family Radio network owner Harold Camping never materialized. The 90-year-old, self-styled prophet now claims the world will end by this Friday and not with a bang, as previously predicted, but rather with a whimper.
“The end is going to come very, very quietly probably within the next month…by October 21st,” said Camping in a radio address delivered earlier this month. “Probably there will be no pain suffered by anyone because of their rebellion against God…We can become more and more sure that they’ll quietly die and that will be the end of their story.”
You’ll note the word “probably.” Catherine Wessinger did. She’s an expert on doomsday groups at Loyola University in New Orleans and editor of The Oxford Handbook of Millennialism. She says she’s seen this before.
When prophecy fails, she says, “the person making the prediction can give themselves a way out, sort of a backdoor way of getting out of the prediction. Or on the other hand, when nothing happens, the event can be spiritualized.”
After the fact, Camping’s retroactively revised his prediction such that May’s apocalypse was scaled back to an “invisible judgement day.”
While Camping said he was “flabbergasted” when May 22nd rolled around and everything remained essentially unchanged, a post on Family Radio’s website explains why the previous prediction only seemed like a bust:
What really happened this past May 21st ? What really happened is that God accomplished exactly what He wanted to happen. That was to warn the whole world that on May 21 God’s salvation program would be finished on that day. For the next five months, except for the elect (the true believers), the whole world is under God’s final judgment. To accomplish this goal God withheld from the true believers the way in which two phrases were to be understood. Had He not done so, the world would never have been shaken in fear as it was.
Camping suffered a stroke only weeks after his May prediction yielded worldwide backlash and subsequently halted his daily radio sermons. Even though he has not returned to full-time broadcasting, he has occasionally released pre-taped segments broadcast on the network…
The rest here (if you could be bothered).
Thanks to Dr. Munday for drawing attention to this. The Chicago Consultation, which is a front group for liberal activists and ideologues, is co-sponsoring a conference in South Africa with the “The Ujamaa Centre” which bills itself as,
“an interface between socially engaged biblical and theological scholars, organic intellectuals, and local communities of the poor, working-class, and marginalised…”
I’ve never met an “organic intellectual” before but I will assume they are locally grown.
The conference is the latest in a series of attempts by North American liberal activists to export western sexual fads to Africa. Homosexuality is inherently narcissistic–ah, to be with someone just like me–which may explain why political/theological liberals who love nothing more than undermining the moral fabric of non-western societies in order to recreate them in their own image–are so drawn to it.
The method by which this purpose will be forced forward in this particular conference is, of course, indaba.
“The consultation, which will involve about 55 people and last for three days, will be grounded in the Indaba process, prayer and Bible study and will explore theological perspectives on human sexuality and justice. Participants will include theologians, bishops, church leaders, grassroots advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and other people willing to engage in intensive conversations across cultural boundaries.”
Indaba is the bona fide African method of “conversation” and “listening” western liberal activists have chosen (and “tweaked”) to export liberalism and sexual liscence because it sounds so wonderfully Africanish and makes them feel all multicultural, just like when the pasty white overfed choir at your local Episcopal Church strikes up “We are Walking in the Light of God” complete with the bongo drums.
In fact, “indaba” as it is employed by western cultural imperialists is just another name for the Delphi Technique whereby various small group conversations and listening sessions are summarized by a “facilitator” who “reflects back” to the group what the conference organizers want the group to say and believe as if it represents the group’s own from-the-ground-up, democratic, grass roots conclusion. Although I suppose with the menagerie that will attend this particular conference—“grass roots advocates” for lesbians etc and Episcopalian bishops—producing the desired outcome won’t have to involve too much creative reflecting by the facilitator.
What stands out most to me about this particular conference is that the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) will be represented at the conference by a “listening team” headed up by our old “Sea of Faith” friend Janet Trisk.
“The participants in the consultation will share their experiences with the wider church through stories and video reflections and through the report of a listening team led by the Rev. Janet Trisk, a representative to the Anglican Consultative Council from the Church of Southern Africa.”
Sea of Faith, for which Ms. Trisk writes book reviewsand to which she apparently belongs, is an organization that promotes the following ideal:
God has no ‘real’, objective or empirical existence, independent of human language and culture; God is ‘real’ in the sense that he is a potent symbol, metaphor or projection, but He has no objective existence outside and beyond the practice of religion.”
Ms. Trisk will be “listening” to what is said at the conference and “reporting” to the wider church, presumably at the next ACC meeting—where she serves and participates as an honored member (Someone remind me again why the ACNA wants so badly to be part of the Anglican Communion?)
In any case, not to be distracted, her presence and role in this particular conference suggests, and maybe I’m reading between the lines here, that she is involved with the larger efforts of the Chicago Consultation in Africa.
So here’s what gets me. The members of the Chicago Consultation profess to be Christians. While that profession is for obvious reasons suspect, a good argument can be made that most could be categorized at the very least as theists as opposed to atheist. Now if Janet Trisk were an atheist with conservative political views, the Consultation would have nothing to do with her. But she supports the cause. That makes her an ally–which all goes to show that advocating sex acts between people of the same sex is far more important to these people than a smallish, debateable thing like the existence of God.
Can you imagine trying to explain all of this to an Anglican of a century ago? “So there is this group of Episcopalians who want to engage in and/or promote sex acts between people of the same sex in Africa. To gain support in the wider Communion they’ve teamed up with a woman who serves on one of the highest legislative bodies in the Communion who believes that God doesn’t exist.”
What a circus.
Shocking! Horrific! [Warning: Graphic content]
Video footage of a two-year-old girl being run over by a van and ignored by passers-by in China has sparked outrage after being posted online.
The graphic surveillance video of the incident in Foshan city, Guandong province, shows the girl run over by a van, which then drives off leaving her bleeding on a narrow street.
More than a dozen people walk or drive past the critically injured girl, named Yueyue, without going to her aid before she is run over by a second truck…
China Daily, the country’s official English-language newspaper, said she had been declared ‘brain dead’ and could die at any time.
That people can be so callous and
God have mercy on us all if this is what we have been reduced to…
UPDATE: China arrests two accused in hit and run toddlers death. Good!