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Pope Francis, Secularists, And SDAs agree "Doomsday"Religion Should Be Shunned

November 16, 2016

 

The word “doomsday” carries with it a strongly negative connotation in today’s world--something to be dreaded and not spoken openly about.  Combine with it “religion” or “preacher” and the implication is that such a religion or speaker is to be shunned as are any omens relating to the end of the world. Individuals in the secular world as well as the most influential religious leader certainly believe so.  People Magazine ran an article in late October that read: “Two and a half men’s Angus T. Jones Admits ‘I got pretty doomsday with my thinking,’” a portion of which reads: “‘I’m on Two and a Half Men, and I don’t want to be,’ Jones said in a November 2012 interview with Seventh-Day Adventist filmmaker Christopher Hudson. ‘You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that.’ Yet Jones would go on to issue an apology for his comments and continued to appear as a series regular on Men until the season 10 finale in May 2013. It was reported that he would guest-star on season 11, but he never made an appearance. ‘I got pretty doomsday with my thinking for a long time, but now I’m having fun and enjoying where I’m at.’ Jones admits. ‘I no longer feel like every step I take is on a land mine.’”[1]

 

Another article based on Jones’ interview with People had this to say, “After years of being sucked into what he describes as ‘pretty doomsday’ thinking, the former child star has confessed he is making a move away from organised religion and turning back to his first passion, acting. In a new interview with People Magazine, Jones explained that, although he ‘was very confident’ about his decision to renounce his stardom at the time, he now has a more balanced view on Hollywood, and faith in general…‘Over the last three years I’ve been involved with various faith-based organizations. Right now, I’m stepping away from the organizational business-model programs. I’m interested in seeing where I go without an organization putting a stamp of approval on if I’m good or bad or whatever.’ After making the decision to explore his own moral compass and view on the world as opposed to being solely shaped by scripture, Jones told interviewers that he felt positive about his new outlook.”[2]

 

For a lot of secularists and even atheists, the case of Angus Jones’  unexpected and sudden departure from Hollywood because of what he was learning and his return to acting, confirms that “doomsday” preaching/teaching or religion” is unhealthy, unbalanced and leads to irrationalism in every area of one’s life. Sadly, many Christians and even some Seventh-day Adventists believe the same way and consider any message of end-time Bible prophecy especially in relation to current events equates to fanaticism, extremism, and fundamentalism. Some have even taken the opportunity to find fault with the human instrument that God used to expose Angus Jones to the Seventh-day Adventist message and the truth and have also unfairly criticized the message. 

 

Yet the Bible is a book that shows not only salvation for the faithful, but also condemnation for the wicked. There has ever been a message and a carrying out of destruction for those who remained in open rebellion after receiving every opportunity to receive the truth. So it was in the days of Noah, the days of Lot, during the Babylonian captivity of Israel, during the destruction of Jerusalem, and thus it will be when the final warning of Revelation 18:1-5 is given with a loud cry and men remain impenitent still, and consequnetly receive the seven last plagues as their just reward, and later, the second death.  Satan well knows this and is working feverishly to prevent men and women from focusing on eternal realities, especially those brought to view in the Three Angels’ messages of Revelation 14:6-12.

 

Pope Francis has sent a warning telling people not to listen to “prophets of doom.”  What he is telling people is that all those who present teachings about the end-times according to Bible prophecies and the subsequent destruction of the wicked should be shunned and denounced as religious extremists. It does not take much consideration to realize that Seventh-day Adventists are here implicated—those preaching the prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation, that is.   “Pope Francis on Sunday called for the faithful not to be driven by end-times curiosities or apocalyptic preachers, urging them to focus on what is truly important: ‘The Lord and our neighbor.’ ‘Those who follow Jesus pay no heed to prophets of doom.... or frightening sermons that distract from the truly important things,’ Francis said. It is important, he continued, to distinguish ‘the word of wisdom that God speaks to us each day” from the shouting of those who use “God’s name to frighten, to nourish division and fear.’”[3]

 

Sadly, these thoughts and sentiments are echoed from Seventh-day Adventist pulpits, wherein “love” is dwelt upon to the exclusion of end-time Bible Prophecy, standards of godliness and man’s obligation to keeping God’s commandments. It would be well for us to understand that it is the prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation, with Jesus uplifted as the center of all hope, that lead to reformation and the reception of truth by others. “The perils of the last days are upon us, and in our work we are to warn the people of the danger they are in. Let not the solemn scenes which prophecy has revealed be left untouched. If our people were half awake, if they realized the nearness of the events portrayed in the Revelation, a reformation would be wrought in our churches, and many more would believe the message. We have no time to lose; God calls upon us to watch for souls as they that must give an account. Advance new principles, and crowd in the clear-cut truth. It will be as a sword cutting both ways. But be not too ready to take a controversial attitude. There will be times when we must stand still and see the salvation of God. Let Daniel speak, let the Revelation speak, and tell what is truth. But whatever phase of the subject is presented, uplift Jesus as the center of all hope, ‘the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright and morning Star.' Revelation 22:16.”[4]

 

 

 

 

 

[1] http://people.com/tv/two-half-men-angus-t-jones-admits-doomsday-thinking-talks-life-now/

 

[2] http://moviepilot.com/p/angus-t-jones-doomsday-religion-returning-acting/4135751

 

[3] https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2016/11/14/dont-listen-prophets-doom-pope-francis-insists/

 

[4] White, Ellen.  Testimonies for the Church, Volume 6 (1901), page 61

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