Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of the Dallas First Baptist Church, turns to the Bible for advice in how to deal with Harold Camping and his failed end-times prophecies.
Jeffress confirmed with The Christian Post on Thursday that he is still condemning Camping.
“The Bible says that if someone makes a prophecy that doesn’t come true he is to be considered a false prophet and stoned to death,” he told CP. “Harold Camping has made at least three false prophecies about the day of the Rapture. And so, if he’s not going to be stoned to death, he at least needs to be muzzled.”
Yeah, it must be really frustrating for a Bible-believing Christian to live in a godless nation that won’t even let you carry out Biblical commandments on how to treat your fellow Christians.
Jeffress is treading on rather thin ice here, though, since Jesus himself also sets time limits on when The End is supposed to occur.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it… For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS.
“Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”
Needless to day, those guys are long since dead, without anyone ever seeing the Son of Man coming in His kingdom (which, in context, is supposed to happen at the great judgment of the wicked after the Great Tribulation). The traditional excuse for this failed prophecy is that the Bible is infallibly true anyway—we’ve just misinterpreted what it was trying to say. That way, you see, believers can still claim infallible authority for their Bible-based claims even after being proven wrong. But what has Harold Camping done that’s any different from what Jeffress and other believers do with respect to Jesus’ failed prophecies?
So no stonings after all, I guess, and that’s a good thing. I kind of like Harold Camping. He’s basically a nice guy whose most obvious failing is that he believed the Bible too much.