G’yaaaarrrrrrr, Matey. Beware the DOOMSDAY Preacher!

By Patrick Hawthorne

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As a teacher of Bible Prophecy, I tend to laugh when I hear the words…DOOMSDAY Preacher!  “Avast ye scurvy dogs.  Make way for the  DOOMSDAY Preacher.”

No…no… I do not laugh the maniacal laugh of a half crazed pirate hungry for power.  My laugh is more of a snicker type laugh; a “heh heh heh,” type laugh.  Of course, I perform this non-maniacal snicker type laugh as I strap on my flint lock pistol with matching eye patch and sword.

“G’yaaaarrrrrrr, matey..,” I say as I confront some poor lost soul who is  trepidatiously walking the plank of life. “Hast thou prepared thy soul to meet thy maker?  Hmmm?”

Doomsday Preacher.  Being curious as to where the term originated, I was somewhat surprised to learn that it is a relatively young term.  If I am to hold fast to innocence and believe that the internet would never, ever purposefully lead me into error, it was a phrase coined by a sociologist in 1966 to identify a cult who made cataclysmic, end-of-the-world predictions.  As is common with really cool names, the term morphed until it eventually found its way into the Church to identify those who teach on end-times prophecy.  Yet, is that a correct term?  I would say that, in some cases, it is not too far off in its accuracy.

Over the years, I have listened to quite a few End-Times prophecy teachers.  Some have been excellent while others have been…well, doomsdayish in their delivery. By that, I mean that their deliveries often incite fear rather than faith.  For a person to be in fear after hearing an end-times teaching indicates one of two things.  1) The listener is not right with the Lord and needs to make the necessary correction, or 2) The teacher is teaching in a manner that encourages fear.

The Bible tells us that we have not been given a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7).  It also tells us that perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18). If the minister of end-time prophecy is teaching in a manner as to intentionally encourage fear then I personally believe that they are in error.  We are not called to be “Doomsday” preachers, but to present the Word – even the last days prophecy message – in a spirit of power, love, and definitely with a sound mind.  After all, we are talking about the return of Jesus.  That fact alone ought to produce hope and not fear.  Be blessed.

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7 comments on “G’yaaaarrrrrrr, Matey. Beware the DOOMSDAY Preacher!
  1. “Doomsday” actually goes back rather farther than the 60’s.

    It is a reference to the “Domesday Book” (dome – pronounced doom – is middle English for “judgement”) from 11th century England. It was basically a survey of all the land and wealth held in England, undertaken by William the Conqueror, to determine how much taxes were owed by the people to the Crown. The assesment was final and couldn’t be appealed. When the tax collector showed up with his Domesday Book (in modern English it would be “Day of Judgement Book”), you either paid your taxes or lost some or all of your land.

    Doomsday = day of judgement and we have retained this meaning until this day, nowadays, often in reference to the end of the world.

    The reason I know this is because I am a history/English language geek and I just happen to know the history of that word.

    So yeah, don’t believe everything you see on the internet!

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  2. Mel Wild says:

    Great points, Patrick. Any time a preacher uses end-times prophecy to manipulate people with fear (fear is a powerful motivator), that’s bad.

    Like

  3. SLIMJIM says:

    Good point on how sound end times teaching should encourage faith and not fear of the sort that is contrary to faith

    Liked by 1 person

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