The Rapture Profiteers

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/the-rapture-profiteers-07282011.html

The Rapture Profiteers

rendezvous with Jesus, and ascend to the Kingdom of Heaven.
This means there are only so many days left to get rich.

All are facing a common problem of the Rapture business: They’re making more money than they can spend before the world ends.

Yet the dirty little secret about the Rapture trade is that it’s run by people who often hope there is no Rapture. The trick is to encourage belief in—and spending on—the Rapture for as long as possible. Camping’s most recent failed prophecy—his fifth—has reaffirmed many Rapture-based entrepreneurs’ conviction that staying vague is the best plan. Terry James, who co-runs RaptureReady.com with Strandberg, recently published his 22nd book on the end of the world. “We don’t set dates,” he says. “That’s one thing that Jesus said. No one knows the hour except the Father.” Left Behind author LaHaye urges his readers to log on to his site to “take your time, browse around, but by all means, get prepared for the coming of the Lord”—whenever that happens.

Regardless, many Rapture enthusiasts believe that even if the world does not end on Aug. 2 or Oct. 21, then 2012 is definitely the year to end all years. And this is good news for Harold Camping’s own professional resurrection.

A year off the Rapture circuit could do wonders, says Karen Kessler, president of public-relations firm Evergreen Partners in Warren, N.J. Failed prophets looking to reenter the market need only “come up with some rationale why you swore what was the case was not the case,” she says. “Then you just have to hold your head up high and keep walking, and hope that if you sold enough memorabilia that’ll ease the pain.”

Dr. William H. Sledge, a Yale University professor of psychiatry, says believers in the Rapture tend to be either psychotic or very “suggestible.” In other words, if the world continues after the fall, they may be willing to give Camping a sixth chance. And a seventh.

Comment by Adamantine:

I am concerned about Christians who make money from preaching the end times story. This is not limited to eschatology but extends to all areas of religion where to become a best selling  Christian author has become a temptation taking many away from the pure desire to see the lost saved.

Dr. William H. Sledge, a Yale University professor of psychiatry, says believers in the Rapture tend to be either psychotic or very “suggestible.”

This is of course nearly as troubling a comment as the all the others combined.

The real problem with the article is that the accusations about making money from the end time prophecies may be true and Damnable.

However mimicking the last paragraph of the article:

Practitioners  in  psychiatry tend to be non Christian and either suicidal or at least depressive.  Psychiatrists have the highest suicide rate among medical specialties. Finding a Christian psychiatrist requires prayer and a miracle.

In other words, if the world continues after the fall, they may be willing to give Satan a sixth chance. And a seventh.

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2 thoughts on “The Rapture Profiteers

  1. I do not see anywhere in scripture we are told to study the mind and the way the flesh works. Seems to me we are told to put to death the deeds of the flesh, and transform our minds with the word of God. As believers we know that man is sinful, and cannot be repaired. Only Jesus, repentance and acceptance of salvation thru HIM, and the rebirth by the Holy Spirit fixes the messed up sinful man and mind.

    Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
    Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
    Rom 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

    Rom 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
    Rom 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
    Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
    Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
    Rom 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

    Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
    Rom 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
    Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
    Rom 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
    Rom 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
    Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
    Rom 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

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  2. Oh sorry, forgot to say agreed Adamantine on that one. Counseling only with the scriptures can help anyone. The church has tried way too hard to mimic the ways of the world. Or should I say the church, so called.

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