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Churches to Focus on America and End Times in 9/11 Sermons?

  • (Photo: First Baptist Church of Dallas via The Christian Post)
    Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, begins a sermon series called "Twilight's Last Gleaming," beginning Sept. 11, 2011.
August 31, 2011|11:07 am

Prominent leaders of two Baptist churches have special sermons planned for Sunday, Sept. 11, which is the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the United States. One sermon promises to discuss America's "inevitable collapse" while the other is to be delivered by Dr. Tim LaHaye, known for his popular end times book series.

It has not yet been confirmed to The Christian Post whether LaHaye would indeed be speaking on the issue of the end times during his appearance at First Baptist Church of Atlanta on Sept. 11.

CP left a message with Tim LaHaye Ministries Wednesday morning, but no response was received by press time.

LaHaye's bestselling Left Behind fictional book series and his place at the forefront of biblical prophecy makes it a strong possibility that his 9/11 sermon may indeed follow along the same lines as that of another Baptist church in Texas.

First Baptist Church of Dallas has released a video promoting a new sermon series beginning Sept. 11, that discusses America's "inevitable collapse."

Are we witnessing America's last days? That is what Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, asks Christians to consider in his new sermon series entitled "Twilight's Last Gleaming."

In the promotional video published on the Internet, the narrator lists a series of social, moral, and economic issues believed to be plaguing America.

Some topics to be covered in Jeffress' end times series are: why America's collapse is inevitable; what Christians can do to delay America's eventual demise; the relationship between abortion and America's fiscal crisis; and how to prepare for the coming persecution against Christians in America.

The sermon series, which Jeffress told a Dallas television news station was based on Revelation 13, does not point to any specific date of when America can expect to face its end.

"I don't know when America's end is coming, but I know from reading the Bible that America's days are numbered, because this world's days are numbered," Jeffress told KDAF-TV.

Jeffress has appeared on various major news networks to discuss public prayer, roles Christians play in politics, and end-time issues.

When Family Radio founder Harold Camping garnered attention for teaching that May 21, 2011, was the beginning of the end for the world, Jeffress spoke out on the issue, saying he doubted that God had told Camping when the world was going to end.

Charles Stanley is pastor of First Baptist Church of Atlanta and the usual speaker during Sunday sermons. The Atlanta preacher released a book in July, titled Turning the Tide, in which he claims that there is a “destructive, man-made tide that is deteriorating our country at a frightening pace.”

The In Touch Ministries founder acknowledges that Americans are currently suffering from a number of financial, social and moral ills, and insists that what America is facing is a tsunami. “It’s coming,” he says.

The problem is, Stanley claims, that the nation has turned its nose up at God instead of falling on its needs to cry out to Him in prayer.

The Christian Post contacted both First Baptist Church of Atlanta and First Baptist Church of Dallas for comments regarding their Sept. 11 sermons. Messages were left with respective parties, but by press time, no calls had been returned.

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