The end of the world will happen eventually no matter what religion you believe. That's basic science. But for Christian pastor Robert Jeffress, it could happen a lot sooner than expected, and it could be due to a rather unlikely source.
Jeffress, a pastor at the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, and author of Countdown to the Apocalypse: Why ISIS and Ebola Are Only the Beginning -- believes that the BDSM erotica bestseller by E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey, is a sign of the end times because it speaks to the lack of moral restraint found this day and age.
(Critics, on the other hand, have a tendency to agree the book's success is a sign of the end times, but only for literary reasons.)
In a recent appearance on the Alan Colmes Show, he had this to say.
"I just think this movie may represent a new low in popular entertainment. That's all I'm saying. And I'm just saying the Bible prophesized that in the End Times, there will be a lack of moral restraint, and I think we're seeing that manifested in so many different ways."Jeffress also criticized the film's tendency to "objectify women, putting them in a bondage situation."
Colmes pressed Jeffress on whether he'd seen the film, and Jeffress admitted that he hadn't, but added that you "don't have to eat you-know-what [feces, maybe?] to know it tastes bad."
While Jeffress' criticisms for Fifty Shades of Grey are harsh, he didn't lay the end of the world completely at the book's doorstep.
He also noted an "acceptance of perversion" and an attempt to change "the most basic unit of society -- the family and marriage, by a redefinition of marriage."
Jeffress believed that gay marriage did shoulder some of the blame for the end times, and added that human beings have "no constitutional right to marriage," pointing out that you "wouldn't allow a 15-year-old to get married," thus proving that the government has set a precedent for restricting marriage to certain groups.As far as gay marriage is concerned, a recent story reported by the Inquisitr showed that Americans have warmed to accepting it, provided that religious liberties are not affected.
The survey dealt directly with wedding businesses and showed that 57 percent of Americans believe that individuals, who run such a business, should be allowed to refuse service to gay couples based on religious objections.
As for Jeffress' end of the world comments, do you agree that things like gay marriage and Fifty Shades of Grey are a sign of the end times?