In this case, it’s making Christians look silly.
But there it is on the front page of Fox News, “Christian doomsdayers claim world will end next week.”
It’s under the heading “Science.” When you click on it, the article headline proclaims, “Biblical prophecy claims the world will end on Sept. 23, Christian numerologists claim.”
No, the world won’t end on September 23rd and, Fox News, believe it or not, there is no such thing as a ‘Christian numerologist.’ (And, who are the other Christian numerologists in the headline, beyond the one quoted?)
Every time end-of-the-world predictions resurface in the media, it is important that we ask ourselves, “Is this helpful? Is peddling these falsehoods a good way to contribute to meaningful, helpful discussions about the end times?”
Of course, the answer to this is no, they most definitely do not.
To be fair, all it takes is a quick Google search to see that Fox News isn’t the only media outlet making these unfounded claims. Fake news—fed to an often unsuspecting public by a careless media—is alive and well in our world today. Stories like these are an embarrassment to Christians and the faith convictions we take so seriously. Moreover, they are a distortion of God’s word and deserve to be exposed for the fabrications that they are.
So, I let it be until it started showing up on my social media feeds (citing the Fox News article).
So let’s take a look and see just how fake this news really is:
First, there is no such thing as a legitimate ‘Christian numerologist ......
As Stetzer observes, "If we start speaking up about bad "Christian" reporting, maybe people will do it less."