NAR declares that all of these offices that were operational at the time of the original apostles themselves are to likewise function today. They imply that from the end of the first century until recently, the church missed this command of God to keep the offices of apostle and prophet going forward. As a result, NAR is setting it right through the men and women who have been decreed legitimate to hold these sacred positions. In fact, all churches and all pastors should come under the authority of apostles and prophets in NAR’s thinking.
Pastors were encouraged to keep quiet about the soon return of the Lord. Pastor Rick Warren even said in his Purpose Driven Life book that teaching Bible prophecy would distract you from your purpose and make you unfit for the Kingdom of God. Pastors listened to him!
Why are we surprised? Prophecy watchers have been warning people for years that end-time events could be shocking, even before the Rapture. We have let people know that Tribulation events would cast a shadow on the Church Age as God gears up to close the Church Age. We have talked about the “birth pangs” of the last days for decades.
The Southern Baptist Convention is in the midst of a spiritual pandemic, and it’s not going to pass anytime soon. It’s spreading. It’s infecting more people. It’s getting worse. It’s ever-more-quickly destroying the Convention — and those who are prepared to treat it are growing ever more scarce.
Ever wonder what the last days of this age will look like? Well… look around. Please don’t misunderstand. This is not the tribulation that Jesus, Daniel, and others in the Bible warned about. We who know Christ will be gone before that begins. But as we get closer to that time, we can see how those events are preparing to play out.