Here are just a few ways in which prediction addiction and end-times anxiety is harmful and toxic:
• It distracts from the central message of the gospel — that Christ died to save the world.
• It discourages Christians from serving other human beings and improving the world around them.
• It is based on, and encourages, unsound and speculative interpretation of the Bible.
• It discourages responsible stewardship of the environment (the world will end soon, so why bother?).
• It focuses on human personalities, pundits, prognosticators or preachers who must constantly reinterpret prophecy in light of changing world events.
• It encourages legalism — promoting what you can do to escape the Tribulation.
• It encourages Christian isolationism and escapism.
• It motivates based on fear (saving one’s self), rather than love.
• It produces an unstable faith, which is focused on ever-changing world events, rather than on Christ.
• It burns Christians out. After investing emotionally and financially in end-time predictions, many lose faith and give up on Christianity when those predictions fail.
Read the full article by Monte Wolverton at: http://www.ptm.org/uni/resources/ptmupdate/071309/1.html