Well here we are at the end of September 2015 and doggone it if the world ain’t still standing (and spinning) in spite of the coming and going of the “Blood Moon” phenomena as massively promoted and then just as massively cashed in upon by one John Hagee. Oh sure, there have been others – manyothers – who’ve tried to milk the Blood Moon cow for everything from book sales to congregational entertainment, but nobody has milked that cow and Blood Mooned the culture more boldly (and more profitably) than John Hagee.
Joel McDurmon of The American Vision does a fine job chronicling the [*ahem*] lunacy of it all in John Hagee: False Prophet (and the antidote), where he begins with a simple, clear, and necessary warning:
“John Hagee made predictions (oh yes he did!—see below). John Hagee set dates. John Hagee’s predictions and dates have failed. He is now to be regarded as a false prophet on the same order as Harold Camping.”
But will he be?
Will John Hagee be held accountable? Will he be regarded as a false prophet?
Will Hagee be called to repentance and appropriately disciplined by the church until he repents?
What’s far more likely is that Hagee will simply brush off the inconvenience of his false prophecies and move on to the next tantalizing, ear-tickling, self-serving scam.
Same goes for most, if not all, of the Hagee wannabes following the same general approach to “church” and “ministry” building through a combination of Scripture mutilation and bombastic self-promotion.
But of course none of that would matter nearly as much if there wasn’t an American “church” loaded with biblically illiterate marks lined up and waiting to be Blood Mooned again…and again…and again…
Well-dressed wolves like Hagee are only able to do what they do within a professing Christian environment because most professing Christians in that environment simply don’t care about truth enough to seek and stand upon it. Most modern American “Christians” want the apocalyptic, Left Behindstyle shtick.
They want an easy “Christianity” that tantalizes with fantastic scenarios, none of which require them to actually do anything super serious about the culture going to hell around them (see: Easy Button Christianity…the Devil’s (and most Americans’) favorite kind.)
They want a lazy, apathetic approach to cultural engagement, preferring instead to passively observe (and even cheer on) the disintegration of civilization around them. (See: Encouragement from Satan.)
They want a “Gospel in a bottle” that get’s ’em “saved” but requires precious little in the way of active obedience to Christ as King in practice when it comes to law, economics, and education. (See: Beware the “Gospel in a Bottle”.)
Put another way: They want what Hagee is selling.
John Hagee and teachers like him are the judgment of God upon the people to follow them.