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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Brownwood "Hate" Radio & Hal Lindsey

When I challenged Hal on Brownwood’s KXYL regarding Israel’s military policy of including everyone for service ( he acknowledged it was true ! ) and Jerusalem's Pride Celebration ( also acknowledged it was true! ), he responded: “ You’re as full of CRAP as a Christmas Turkey ! ” After learning more about Mr Lindsey, I find his attack an honor !

Hal Lindsey
General Teachings/Activities
-  Hal Lindsey is best known for his multi-million copy best seller The Late Great Planet Earth. He has written many other prophecy-related books and speaks frequently at "evangelical" prophecy conferences. He was also the pastor of Tetelestai Christian Center in Torrance, California prior to his resignation in 1996.

Sadly, in recent years Lindsey has become quite comfortable ministering with hyper-charismatics and neo-evangelicals, and has most recently taken up an active interest in the area of religious humanism. [Part of this may be due to Lindsey's unscriptural divorces and remarriages (see below).] (Lindsey has even taken up with Roman Catholics: A regular guest and commentator on Lindsey's radio program is John Gizzy. Lindsey calls him "Mr. Conservative" and a brother-in-Christ. In late-1994, Gizzy handled the call-in portion of the show for three weeks while Hal was on vacation in Italy. Gizzy is a Roman Catholic.)

-  Hal Lindsey is currently married to his fourth wife, having divorced his previous three. On the back cover of the sixth printing of his 1974 book, There's a New World Coming, is a picture of Lindsey with his second wife, Jan. (Jan is the mother of Hal's three grown daughters.) He also dedicates the book to "my best pal, my wife Jan ..." However, "best pal" Jan is gone from the back cover of the book's 1984 "updated" edition, as is the dedication to her. A later Lindsey' book, Planet Earth--2000 A.D. (18 million in circulation as of 1/95), carries a picture of Hal and his third wife, Kim, who is approximately 25 years his junior. (Kim is the sister of author Johanna Michaelsen, and the sister-in-law of Tetelestai Center's Associate Pastor, Randy Michaelsen.) After dumping Kim, Hal is now married to wife #4, JoLyn, a member of Tetelestai and in a Bible class taught by Lindsey when she was evidently "discovered" by Hal.

-  Lindsey is a big fan of country music, and believes that God is also!:

"A current revival of the ballad-type is known as 'country music.' This is my favorite. I like this kind of music because it runs the gamut of emotions from gloom to glee. After a Johnny Cash concert, I'm worn out! That music comes right out of the soul and grabs me! I wouldn't be at all surprised or disappointed if the new song which the hosts of heaven sing to extol the incomparable Son of God has a 'country music' style!" (There's a New World Coming, 1974 edition -- p. 97; 1984 edition -- p. 80).

-  Lindsey claims that he does not go along with many of the charismatic excesses presented on the hyper-charismatic Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN -- owned and operated by Paul and Jan Crouch), yet he continues to be part of its programming. One can regularly tune-in to TBN programs and find Lindsey as a guest, or even hosting the show, heaping praise upon its charismatic and social activist participants. Lindsey also co-hosts a one-half hour weekly TV program aired on TBN, a prophecy program called "International Intelligence Briefing." By Lindsey's participation in the programming of TBN, he not only remains silent about the many heresies being taught on TBN, but he actually helps build TBN's audience. The Crouches provide Lindsey's program either free of charge or at reduced rates, knowing full well that they are attracting viewers who would not otherwise tune in nor support TBN financially.

-  On TBN's 12/29/99 "Praise the Lord" program, Hal Lindsey and his sidekick, Cliff Ford, hosted. One of their guests was Chuck Missler. Missler said he was there for the purpose of endorsing TBN's movie, The Omega Code, and promoting his own new book on the Code. The three of them carried on and on about how great TBN is and how everyone needs to continue to support the network to spread the gospel around the world. 

What they didn't say is that the new gospel of the hidden messages in the Bible (Omega Code) and the prosperity gospel are two different gospels, not the Gospel that was preached in the New Testament. The Omega Code movie did NOT promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but rather gave credence to the latest big lie -- that there are hidden messages in the Bible when one uses the letters as an acrostic puzzle. This is the latest blasphemy sweeping through the professing church -- using the Bible as a tool for divination. The movie and the books on the subject would have us believe that historical events, such as the death of Princess Diana, the assassination of President Kennedy, and the Challenger space shuttle disaster are not only significant events in God's plan for the Ages, but were secretly coded into the Bible just waiting for sleuths like Lindsey to discover them. What a pitiful cosmic joke! (Source: The Christian Sentinel Report, Jackie Alnor, Eastern Christian Outreach web site, 12/99.)

-  As an example of the extent to which men like Hal Lindsey will go in the pursuit of furthering the social gospel, Lindsey actually held a position with the Sun Myung Moon's now defunct Coalition for Religious Freedom (CRF). (Moon is the founder of the Unification Church, and the self-proclaimed Messiah to the world.) Other so-called evangelicals that served with Lindsey at CRF as executive committee and/or advisory board members were Tim LaHaye (CRF's paid chairman at the time!), Don Wildmon (founder and president of the social activist American Family Association), Paul Crouch (TBN Network's infamous founder), Marlin Maddoux (Point Of View nationwide radio talk show host), James Robison, Jimmy Swaggart, and D. James Kennedy (author and pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) -- an agenda of social activism certainly makes for strange ecumenical bedfellows. (Reported in the 11/90, Omega-Letter.)

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“ Most notably of those charged with plagiarism is, as the subtitle mentions is a popular pop prophecy author, Hal Lindsey.”

Book Review:
The Three R’s Rapture, Revisions, Robbery

By Pastor J. S. Brown (

    The subtitle of this 1998 book published by P.O.S.T, Inc. well indicates what this volume is addressing, "Pretribulaion Rapturism from 1830 to Hal Lindsey." As would be expected, of course, the subject of the rapture is dealt with in this book. The coverage, however, is not nearly as extensive as in MacPherson’s other works, to which he refers to throughout this edition. The book retails for $9.95 plus shipping and handling and may be ordered directly or by contacting Pastor Brown in the various methods listed below.

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