Q. There’s a new report about Army intelligence concluding that the pre-millennial view many Christians hold is an obstacle to peace. Have you seen it, and if so what do you think?
A. Yes, I’ve seen it and I understand the concern. It was written by non-believers who think Christians are destroying the chance for peace because of our “fatalistic” view that peace won’t be possible until the Lord comes back. They don’t like the fact that the Bible tells us all the countries they’re trying to be friends with are God’s enemies, and that the one country they wish wasn’t around, Israel, is the one God says we have to be friends with. Even though we’re right, they can’t see that and consider us to be their main obstacle to peace, due to the extent to which this view has been held among our leaders. Eventually this will become their justification for persecuting believers. It really illustrates the difference in world-view between believers and non-believers, and it says a lot about what will happen to this country after the Church is gone.
It also proves Paul’s statement that “the man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Cor. 2:14)