One of our regular readers keeps an eye on the Liberty University gang for me and sent a heads-up on the recent release of the latest book by popular author Tim LaHaye, The Edge of Apocalypse. LaHaye is best known for his Left Behind series of books, fictional stories that promote a pre-tribulation-rapture interpretation of Revelation, a belief in global conspiracies, and anti-Roman-Catholicism. His latest book continues to titillate readers and rake in more cash for Liberty U.
Popular because of their action-packed story lines, LaHaye’s books are essentially thinly disguised Bible lessons from a man who has made a fortune sensationalizing Scripture and whose religious beliefs are some of the most misguided and self-serving of our day. (For a more level-headed look at end-times prophecy check out this thread.)
Quoting from Amazon.com describing LaHaye’s latest: “As world events begin setting the stage for the ‘end of days’ foretold in Revelation, Jordan [the hero] must weigh the personal price he must pay to save the nation he loves. Edge of Apocalypse pulls you into an adrenaline-fueled political thriller laced with End Times prophecy. […] With help from a group of powerfully connected Christian leaders known as The Patriots, Jordan works to save the nation from economic and moral collapse…”
This one paragraph sums up beautifully the problems with LaHaye’s writings: (1) the story is only “laced” with Biblical prophecy — a writer’s technique to add emotional weight — essentially using God’s word for the sake of one’s own thrills; (2) America is placed at the center of end-times prophecy as though it were God’s chosen nation; (3) the story has far more to do with adrenaline and politics than God; (4) the salvation of the nation is brought about not by the preaching of the Gospel but by political power grabbed by a conspiracy of “Patriots” who have all the answers to the nation’s political, economic AND moral woes; (5) with the heroes portrayed as morally upright “Patriots” anyone who disagrees with their opinions or methods must by definition be both anti-American and immoral; and (6) the hero risks his life, not for God, but for America — placing a higher value on the flag than on the cross.
Why is it so few Christians are troubled by this stuff?