Oakland Hijacks The Truth Part 2

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  1. ( |o )====::: says:

    “The constant drumbeat of Rapture based teaching and the “imminent” return of Christ had left people exhausted from the wait.”

    “Calvary Chapel still has to address the real issues Chuck Smith left behind, the foremost being accountability for clergy and transparency in governance.

    Maybe now that some are not playing pin the tail on the anti-Christ they will have the time to do so…”


  2. covered says:

    This was very well written.

  3. Michael says:

    Thanks, Gman, covered… we try. 🙂

  4. Surfer51 says:

    I viewed that sign on the back wall of the CCCM Bible Book Store that faced the Shell gas station patrons for several decades, “Jesus Is Coming Soon!”

    Today it is no longer there, replaced by something else that is not “time sensitive.”

    I used to wonder to myself if any unsaved people thought it strange to read that sign for decades and not seeing Jesus return.

    I admit to felling weird about the original sign, I guess somebody in authority at Calvary did too, because they changed it.

    Not that Jesus isn’t returning, just not slogan worthy for public viewing from the local gas station LOL

    Ya Calvary Chapel changed.

  5. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Well I certainly do not have an issue with the term “Jesus is Coming Soon”

    Would it have been more appropriate if they had painted “Jesus Delays His Coming?

    The other thing is perhaps after a while an unsaved person would ask “hey, I have been driving past here for a decade reading that sign – what’s up with that?” and now an opportunity has arisen to share God’s Law and his Gospel.

    My only disagreement with CC teaching in this area is what leads up to that ‘coming’ and what comes after the ‘coming’ – but the fact of the coming is…, well fact.

    Quoting Jesus on the walls of the city is a good thing.

  6. Em ... again says:

    a new version might read, “Jesus is coming soon, but only God knows when…” ?

    one of the saddest outcomes of the rapture now frenzy (irregardless of your belief in a rapturing out or just a landing and a takeover) is that folks are “exhausted from the wait.”
    that isn’t what should be tiring us

    we need to keep one eye on the sky, as it were… we need to know deep down inside that there will be an end to the chaos and the misery; all the while trusting God to run the show and conclude it on His omnipotent, omniscient schedule… like they said in WW2, “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.” we’ve been told what the weapons of this, our war are, have we not? we should tire as we are standing for the Lord, perhaps, but not from the wait… or so it seems to me…

  7. Steve Wright says:

    Surfer when he gives his CC anecdotes and reminds us of his years of experience there is like the person who gives you a recipe and leaves out one or two key ingredients so instead of something tasty you are left with something inedible.

    He does this..almost always. Maybe his memory is a little faulty or maybe it is deliberate.

    But that mural was a rainbow. It said “God keeps His promises.” Then it also said, Jesus is coming soon. 2 Peter 3:3-9 is the clear connection to the message of the mural where the flood is tied into the latter day scoffing at those who actually think Jesus is returning one day.

    Surfer presents a crazy sandwich board street person yelling at you “Jesus is coming soon!” and leaves out what made the mural a mural. It was not just lettering…a rainbow.

    Now, I was not there when the decision to paint something different was made, but I am not so clueless as to be unaware that a certain loud, activist, group of folks have co-opted the rainbow for their own political purposes – and that we have been living now for quite some time with a major argument among churches as to homosexuality, and homosexual marriage…and maybe, just maybe, having a rainbow on your church building does not send the same message today as it did in years past.

  8. Erunner says:

    For as long as the mural was up it seems there must be a picture of it somewhere. I saw it a ton of times but can’t remember any details. Comes with the territory I guess! 🙂

  9. Em ... again says:

    could the reason for the removal of the mural, perhaps, have been because the rainbow now sends a mixed message to folks in today’s world? hmmm
    how very sad that the world at large has taken God’s rainbow and twisted it from a promise to a compromise…

  10. Steve Wright says:

    Erunner…I see Surfer had the same partially accurate comment, and I the same correction, back in 2014 here at the blog https://phoenixpreacher.com/?p=19899

    I’m going to chew on that for awhile…

  11. Linnea says:

    Yes–well said, Michael.

  12. John S says:

    A quick note on the rainbow thing:

    I don’t think homosexuality had anything to do with changing the rainbow mural. The rainbow that God invented progresses in a very orderly manner from red transitioning to orange, then yellow, green, blue and indigo/violet. The “lgbtq” rainbow symbol is a hodge podge of colors, some of them ‘natural’ colors of the spectrum (ie, different value and saturation, if you’re into technical color theory), and not at all in chromatic order.

    I guess that’s what happens when Roy G Biv tries to dress as a girl.

  13. John S says:

    “not ‘natural’ colors”, I should have said. I’m too used to sites that let you change or edit things after you submit it.

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