David Wilkerson, a New York City pastor famous for his work with the Big Apple’s troubled youth over the past five decades, felt “compelled by the Holy Spirit” to post “AN URGENT MESSAGE” on his blog (the usage of caps is his, not mine):

AN EARTH-SHATTERING CALAMITY IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN. IT IS GOING TO BE SO FRIGHTENING, WE ARE ALL GOING TO TREMBLE — EVEN THE GODLIEST AMONG US.

For ten years I have been warning about a thousand fires coming to New York City. It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New Jersey and Connecticut. Major cities all across America will experience riots and blazing fires—such as we saw in Watts, Los Angeles, years ago.

There will be riots and fires in cities worldwide. There will be looting—including Times Square, New York City. What we are experiencing now is not a recession, not even a depression. We are under God’s wrath. In Psalm 11 it is written,

“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (v. 3).

God is judging the raging sins of America and the nations. He is destroying the secular foundations.

The Allmighty, you see, has declared war on secularity. Apparently God has had enough of secularity in the world and is going to terminate it, by fire and violence. Wilkerson includes some helpful advice to the righteous, in the midst of his massive scare-message:

First, I give you a practical word I received for my own direction. If possible lay in store a thirty-day supply of non-perishable food, toiletries and other essentials. In major cities, grocery stores are emptied in an hour at the sign of an impending disaster.

So a mere 30-day supply of food will carry people through this catastrophe? How severe can it be, then … considering for example that some Hurricane Katrina victims lived in trailers for a couple of years after that storm hit?

I’m betting that, when none of this comes to pass for a couple of years, Wilkerson will retroactively declare them to have done so nonetheless … metaphorically, or in some other weak way. For instance, the 2010 elections might change a few things, thus creating a merely-metaphorical “upheaval” of sorts. Or a single riot will take place in one city and Wilkerson will claim that is what he “saw” or “felt compelled to reveal.” In other words, he won’t admit he was wrong.

Isn’t it nice how theists use threats of divine retaliation when they don’t get their way? They need to threaten Armageddon when it suits them? Why they seem to think people will suddenly turn to the Allmighty if he threatens humanity from on high, I have no idea … it makes no sense. Besides, having to resort to threats like this is utterly childish. One would think a pastor in his 70s (I assume, given how long he’s been working) would have grown up sufficiently not to have to make threats like this … but it takes all kinds, I guess.

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