Orginally published on Monday, March 09, 2009 at 6:25 AM
by Todd Rhoades
Over the weekend, famed evangelist says he felt "compelled by the Holy Spirit" to send out an urgent message to all of his friends all over the world. Here is what he said (all caps included):
AN EARTH-SHATTERING CALAMITY IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN. IT IS GOING TO BE SO FRIGHTENING, WE ARE ALL GOING TO TREMBLE - EVEN THE GODLIEST AMONG US.
Practically speaking, Wilkerson advises to "lay in store a thirty-day supply of non-perishable food, toiletries and other essentials."
When I read things like this, I think that this message, and its messenger, in particular, has to be one of three things:
1. Wilkerson is right: this is a legitimate message that Wilkerson heard from God that we need to take seriously and heed.
2. Wilkerson is wrong; God didn't tell him this and it won't happen; but Wilkerson truly feels this is a legitimate message and that God told him to tell everyone (Wilkerson is duped)
3. Wilkerson is wrong; God didn't tell him this and it won't happen; and Wilkerson is trying to dupe us all for some good publicity.
Are there really any other choices?
I am not saying that Wilkerson is trying to dupe anybody (as in #3). But I am not saying that #1 is correct either.
Personally, I always have a bit of a problem with God speaking directly and specificially to one person, particularly in an audible voice; kinda like the way God does with Pat Robertson every December. Particularly when it turns out the God is wrong more than half the time. Call my cynical and skeptical, but I just have a hard time believing #1 with my whole heart. Maybe I’ll feel different if/when God speaks that directly and audibly to me.
It reminds me of the lady who comes up and says that God told her that she was supposed to sing a certain solo. I told her that God definitely hadn’t told me that (and, by the way, she couldn’t sing.)
It would be kind of like me telling you that God told me that I was supposed to come to your house for dinner today.
OK… back to the matter at hand. How do you take this word from Wilkerson? What’s your choice: #1, #2, or #3? And is there really any other choice?
Are you running to the grocery store to stock up on canned food items? Are you laughing this off? Or are you seriously thinking about what might happen?
I’d love to hear your input…
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