Great Commission “Fulfilled” in 2010s?

“From the way God is moving today, even without some terrific eye of faith, I have been persuaded it will be fulfilled in our lifetimes and I personally think in the next decade.”

billbrightbookAccording to a news report, Steve Douglass, current president of Campus Crusade for Christ International, says that the Great Commission may be “fulfilled” in the next decade. This is date-setting in disguise, for when all of God’s elect has been saved, the Great Commission is “fulfilled,” and Jesus would return.

And Dr. Scott Clark asks, “Really? How would anyone know? What constitutes “fulfilling” the Great Commission?” It seems that some people like Douglass have special knowledge (gnosis) of God’s eternal mind and plan. Read more here:

“Hyping the Great Commission” in the Heidelblog.

worldevanclockMaybe Douglass has seen this “world evangelism clock” which a church uses to count each and every person in the world whose heart is renewed by the Holy Spirit  every second of the day! I wonder what kind of super-duper computer can see the Spirit’s work in the human heart.

Douglass also adds texting and the Internet to the three Biblical means of grace (preaching, sacraments, and prayer). “Internet witnessing is growing massively with over 3 million decisions for Christ through the internet last year, and they’re projecting 5 million next year,” Douglass reports. “Decisions for Christ”: so people save themselves by their own decisions?


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2 thoughts on “Great Commission “Fulfilled” in 2010s?”

  1. Arlene, yes, all of us long for that day to come. But as Jesus said, no one knows when that would be. We only know that when “all that [the Father] has given [Jesus]” has come to him, then God’s elect will have been completed, because the Father has promised that “[Jesus] should lose nothing of all” of the elect (John 6:39). But no one would have any idea when all of God’s elect will be completed.

    Contrary to most evangelicals’ belief, the return of Christ is not “imminent,” i.e., his coming cannot happen “any moment now.” Paul tells us in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 that two sure things have to happen first before Christ returns: (1) “the rebellion” or falling away (great apostasy) in the church; and (2) “the man of lawlessness [the Antichrist] is revealed, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.”

    When these two things happen in the church, know that “he is near, at the very gates” (Matt 24:32-33).

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