There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight."- C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters link
How often do we get a chance to combine Result Source, lots of money being made by preachers selling books, Satan's financing of Armageddon with oil from the Garden of Eden, honorary doctorates, and TBN all in one fell swoop? I'm leaving the Satan stuff until the end of the post in case you can't wait.
Today we are discussing Dr David Jeremiah who is well known for his end times theology which includes a pretribulation rapture combined with a premillenial point of view. I will not be discussing this in any depth since I am looking at other issues. I used to espouse his eschatological view but now consider myself to be an amillenial, partial preterist with an emphasis on the word "partial" for any reader who might think I have jumped the shark.
I came across Jeremiah as I searched for recognizable pastors and theologians who have a large following and discuss their views on Satan and/or demons.These are the people who are in a position to affect the thinking of many people. I am attempting to understand the development of thinking of folks like Robert Morris, Chris Hodges, Peter Wagner and Neil Anderson.
Who is David Jeremiah?
According to his website:
Dr. David Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church,
…In 1963, Dr. Jeremiah received a Bachelor of Arts from Cedarville College. In that same year, Dr. Jeremiah married his college sweetheart, Donna Thompson who also was attending Cedarville College as a business major. He went on to earn a Masters degree in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1967. He completed additional graduate work at Grace University and was granted the Doctor of Divinity degree from Cedarville College in 1981.
His predecessor in the church was Tim LaHaye of Left Behind fame.
"Dr" David Jeremiah does not have an earned doctorate.
It is poor manners to use the title of "Doctor" socially or professionally when one has not earned the degree yet there are plenty of preachers who assume the title. A Doctor of Divinity is an honorary degree link and link.
How you, too, can get a Doctor of Divinity degree.
For a small fee, the American Fellowship Church will confer upon you the Doctor of Divinity Degree. Dr Dee has a certain canchet! From their website:
With this credential, you will be legally known as Doctor. This handsome credential is printed on high quality paper and bears the church seal.
The certificate states that: “The American Fellowship Church has conferred upon (your name) the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity.” All Doctor of Divinity degrees wherever awarded are honorary.
Degrees are either "earned" or "honorary". Earned degrees are those for which you must complete a course of study. Honorary degrees are awarded for something you do with your life that distinguishes you or for making a donation of time or money to the institution that awards the degree.
We request an offering of $50 for the Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree.
"Dr" Jeremiah is supportive of Paul Crouch and TBN
This fact surprised me since his alma maters do not subscribe to "name it and claim it" theology.
David Jeremiah concludes his pitching for pledges for TBN and lauds the vision of Paul Crouch, which Jeremiah offers came from God. I’ll spare you his closing prayer where Jeremiah calls TBN an “incredible delivery system” for the Gospel and how thankful he is that God gave this vision to Crouch:
We can do this together. These 14 networks aren’t gonna just keep going because we started them. They’re gonna keep going because we have a part in financing them and working to make them happen. So tonight I wanna ask you, help us do this. Help Paul do this.
"Dr" Jeremiah appear to be quite proud that he is a New York Times multiple bestseller.
From his website:
Dr. Jeremiah is a sought-after conference speaker for organizations around the country.
… Signs of Life, which made The New York Times best-seller list, What in the World Is Going On?, which made The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best-seller lists, The 12 Ways of Christmas, Living With Confidence in a Chaotic World, which made TheNew York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publisher's Weekly, and USA Today best-seller lists, The Coming Economic Armageddon, which made The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly best-seller lists,
David Jeremiah's media ministry is allegedly worth $40 million.
Dr Throckmorton posted this link to Turning Points 2012 tax form. (Good going, Warren!). However, Jeremiah claims to give all the money back to the ministry.
There appears to be some ties between ResultSource and Dr Jeremiah's enterprise.
1. Dr Warren Throckmorton
Dr Throckmorton (who earned his doctorate) wrote Why Did ResultSource Need David Jeremiah’s Ministry to Help Get Mark Driscoll on the New York Times Best Seller List? In a memo from Kevin Small to Jamie Munson at Mars Hill,
Dr Throckmorton goes on to add:
According to Turning Point’s most recent 990 form, Paul Joiner is the higher paid member listed on Jeremiah’s staff, with the title Director of Creative Services. Joiner is often lauded by Jeremiah in his books, including his most recent book, Agents of the Apocalypse, now sitting at the top of the New York Times best-seller list in the Religious, Spirituality and Faith category.
The Daily Beast featured an article by Warren Throckmorton How the Religious Right Scams Its Way Onto the New York Times Bestseller List in which he ties ResultSource's CEO to Jeremiah.
…In fact, it appears that ResultSource CEO Kevin Small, as a graduate of Liberty University, is right at home with Christian clients.
…Jeremiah has written numerous books and credited Small in at least two of them for his marketing genius.
2. Wenatchee the Hatchet
Wenatchee did some digging and found an interview between Marvin Olasky of World Magazine and "Dr" Jeremiah in June 2014. Note how Jeremiah indicates that his intense marketing schemes shows he really cares about his books and so should any author.
I appreciate your demystifying the process of authorship. What about becoming a bestseller?
We release a new book every fall, and around that book are eight rallies that we do across the country in arenas. We have radio and television programs and a magazine read by 200,000-300,000 people: During the month the book is released all the articles, all the devotionals, everything has to do with the content of that book. We have a prelaunch campaign from August 15 to the first days of October, offer that book through the internet. We try to get people to pre-buy the book, and in order to do that we say if you pre-buy the book, we will open up for you a whole library of digital assets.
Then comes the release.
We keep those books as they’re ordered until the book is released. Then we push them all through the wicket at the same time. When that happens, the book gets noticed: It’s not about how many you sell; it’s about how fast they go through the sale programs so they get noticed. One of the challenges if you write as a Christian is that Christian bookstores don’t report to the bestsellers lists, so you’ve got to build a marketplace in the Barnes & Nobles, the Books-A-Millions, the Targets, the big houses so the books get counted. For the first time last year we sold more books in secular bookstores than we sold in Christian bookstores.
The New York Times for its bestseller list counts sales from a bunch of secular stores; I understand there’s a company that will go in and buy several books in each of these bookstores. The companies that do that spread the release point of these books that are purchased by individuals so they can get attention. Is that legitimate?
The bottom line is you’re selling these books and they’re just not getting noticed. If you want the books to be noticed so that you can reach more people with them, you’ve got to figure out how to do that. I don’t know all of the ramifications of it, but I know that you can’t just write a book and say I’m not going to have anything to do with marketing. If you don’t care enough about it to try and figure out how to get it in the hands of other people, nobody else is going to either.
Satan is financing his coming battle with God with oil that came from the Garden of Eden
I decided to check out Jeremiah's view on Satan and the End Times and was startled when I came across this blog post How Crazy Is Dr David Jeremiah?
Dr. Jeremiah was preaching on the coming Armageddon—apparently a favorite topic of his—and I was dumbfounded by the leaps of association and logic that he made. Here was one of his central claims: Satan is (ironically) using the oil-money produced from the destroyed foliage of the Garden of Eden both to create dissension in the world and to finance his global diabolical plans.
Yes, you read that right. Dr. Jeremiah believes that the lush foliage of the Garden of Eden, which the Bible places in Mesopotamia between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, having been destroyed and buried by Noah’s flood, is now the oil that the Middle East pumps out of the ground today. When Americans fill up their cars with gasoline, they are filling them with the detritus of the Garden of Eden. I swear that’s a fair and true summary of what he said. I’m not writing an Onion article.
Dr. Jeremiah’s thesis is that the destroyed foliage of the Garden of Eden is—both in its exploitation as oil and in humanity’s competition for it—Satan’s way of bringing us to the End Times.
I felt sure this was some sort of hoax and decided to go directly to David Jeremiah's site for corroboration. Here is a link to his online Prophecy Book. On Page 14 you can read the following.
My friend Robert Morgan flew into New Orleans several years ago, and the man who met him at the airport was a geophysicist for a major oil company. Driving to the hotel, he explained to Robert that oil deposits result from the decomposition of plant and animal life now buried by eons of time. Oil is found all over the world, he said, even under the ice of the Arctic and Antarctic. That means forests and abundant vegetation once covered the world until destroyed in a vast global cataclysm (such as a worldwide flood).
The geophysicist went on to say that the earth’s richest, deepest, and largest deposits of petroleum lie under the sands of countries just to the east of Israel in the location pinpointed in the Bible as the garden of Eden. Eden was a teeming expanse of forests, foliage, and gardens with rich fertility unparalleled in human history.
Barren sand and blazing desert now exist where once grew a garden flourishing with dense, lush flora, the likes of which the world has not seen since. It was destroyed in some disastrous upheaval and has decayed into the largest deposits of oil in the world. I had never before imagined that the gasoline I pump into my car might be the ruined remains of the rich, vast foliage of the garden of Eden.
It’s ironic to think that Satan may finance the Battle of Armageddon at the end of human history with revenues generated from the garden he spoiled at the beginning of human history.
Here is a quote from Page 16.
Oil is the new gold in the world economy and holds the key to the prophetic events of the future.
Darn….he does believe this stuff!
You can continue to read his other interpretations of current events and the End Times that he links directly to passages in the Bible. Jeremiah takes a literal view of the Bible and believes that the prophetic passages he discusses are relevant to today because he believes that we are in the End Times and he can prove it. Or can he?
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