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Pastor LaHaye of Tim Lahaye Ministries has appeared on national television programs such as:
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Timothy F. LaHaye, born April 27, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan, is an American evangelical Christian minister, author, and speaker.
He is best known for the Left Behind series of apocalyptic fiction, which he co-wrote with Jerry B. Jenkins.
Tim Lahaye Ministries has released over 50 books, both fiction and non-fiction. Time magazine named Tim LaHaye one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America and in the summer of 2001 the Evangelical Studies Bulletin named him the most influential Christian leader of the preceding quarter century.
LaHaye's mother was the former Margret. His father, Frank LaHaye, was a Ford auto worker. He died of a heart attack in 1936 and his death had a significant influence on Tim LaHaye, just nine years old at the time.
He had been inconsolable until the minister at the funeral said "This is not the end of Frank LaHaye because he accepted Jesus. The day will come when the Lord will shout from heaven and descend and the dead in Christ will rise first, then we'll be caught up together to meet him in the air."
Tim LaHaye later said that, upon hearing those remarks, "all of a sudden, there was hope in my heart I'd see my father again."
Pastor LaHaye enlisted in the Air Force in 1944 at the age of 18. He served in Europe as a machine gunner aboard a bomber.
Tim LaHaye received a B.A. from Bob Jones University in 1950. He also holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Western Seminary. In 1958, the LaHaye family moved to San Diego, California.
There he became pastor of the Scott Memorial Baptist Church (since renamed "Shadow Mountain Community Church") in El Cajon, serving there for almost 25 years. In 1971 Tim Lahaye Ministries founded the San Diego Christian College.
Tim LaHaye has promoted or started numerous groups to promote his views, having became involved in politics at the Christian Voice during the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1981 from Tim Lahaye Ministries he pursued and concentrated his time on politics and writing.
That year, he helped found the Council for National Policy (CNP) a lobby group in which membership is only available through invitation.
It has been called "the most powerful conservative organization in America you've never heard of," and should not be confused with the liberal Center for National Policy.
along with Henry Morris, in Santee, California. The same year he encouraged Jerry Falwell to found the Moral Majority, whose board of directors he sat on.
In the 1980s, Tim Lahaye Ministries founded the American Coalition for Traditional Values and the Coalition for Religious Freedom. He founded the Pre-Tribulation Research Center along with Thomas Ice in 1998.
The center is dedicated to producing material that supports a dispensationalist, pre-tribulation interpretation of the Bible. He and his wife have connections to the John Birch Society, a conservative, anti-communist group.
He has also taken more direct roles in presidential politics. He was a co-chairman of Jack Kemp's 1988 presidential bid. He was kicked off the campaign after four days when his anti-Catholic views became known. LaHaye played a significant role in getting the religious right to support George W. Bush for the presidency in 2000.
In 2007, he endorsed Mike Huckabee during the primaries. Huckabee reportedly found the Left Behind books to be a "compelling story written for nontheologians." LaHaye is best-known for the Left Behind series of apocalyptic fiction that depict the Earth after the pre-tribulation rapture which LaHaye believes will occur.
...Jerry B. Jenkins, a former sportswriter with numerous other works of fiction to his name, did the actual writing of the books from LaHaye's notes.
LaHaye has said, "I write the best I can. I know I'm never going to be revered as some classic writer. I don't claim to be C. S. Lewis. The literary-type writers, I admire them. I wish I was smart enough to write a book that's hard to read, you know?"
The series, which started in 1995 with the first novel, includes 16 titles in the adult series, as well as juvenile novels, audio books, devotionals, and graphic novels.
Tim Lahaye Ministries books have been very popular, with total sales surpassing 65 million copies. Seven titles in the adult series have reached #1 on the bestseller lists for The New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly.
Jerry Falwell said about the first book in the series: "In terms of its impact on Christianity, it's probably greater than that of any other book in modern times, outside the Bible."
the equally popular works of Tom Clancy and Stephen King: "the plotting is brisk and the characterizations Manichean. People disappear and things blow up."
LaHaye indicates that the idea for the series came to him one day about 1994 while he was sitting on an airplane and observed a married pilot flirting with a flight attendant. He wondered what would befall the pilot if the Rapture happened at that moment. The first book in the series opens with a similar scene.
In 2001 LaHaye co-hosted with Dave Breese in the prophecy television program The King Is Coming. His book The Rapture was released on June 6, 2006, in order to show a 6-6-6 connection.
In 2001 Tim Lahaye Ministries gave $4.5 million to Liberty University to build a new student center and School of Prophecy, which opened in January 2002, was named after LaHaye. He also serves as its president. LaHaye also provided the funds for the LaHaye Ice Center on the campus of Liberty University, which opened in January 2006.
LaHaye married activist and fellow author Beverly LaHaye in 1947. They have four children, Linda, Larry, Lee, and Lori, along with nine grandchildren and live in the Los Angeles area. His hobbies include skiing, jogging, motorcycling, and golfing.
which was later re-titled, What Everyone Should Know About Homosexuality. The book called homosexuals "militant, organized" and "vile."
The Unhappy Gays also argues that gays share 16 pernicious traits, including "incredible promiscuity," "deceit," "selfishness," "vulnerability to sadism-masochism" and "poor health and an early death."
He speculates whether those who accept gays even though they are so unhappy or
His wife, Beverly LaHaye, shares his views on homosexuality, which Concerned Women for America, a group that she helped to found, actively opposes.
In a mailing sent to the group's members she wrote that gays and lesbians "want their depraved 'values' to become our children's values. Homosexuals expect society to embrace their immoral way of life. Worse yet, they are looking for new recruits!"
Tim Lahaye Ministries believes that the Illuminati is secretly engineering world affairs.
I myself have been a forty-five year student of the satanically-inspired, centuries-old conspiracy to use government, education, and media to destroy every vestige of Christianity within our society and establish a new world order.
Having read at least fifty books on the Illuminati, I am convinced that it exists and can be blamed for many of man's inhumane actions against his fellow man during the past two hundred years.
But the Illuminati is just one of many groups that Tim Lahaye believes are working to "turn America into an amoral, humanist country, ripe for merger into a one-world socialist state."
Other secret societies and liberal groups working to destroy "every vestige of Christianity", according to Tim Lahaye Ministries, include:
the Trilateral Commission, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood, "the major TV networks, high-profile newspapers and newsmagazines," the State Department, major foundations (Rockefeller, Carnegie, Ford), the United Nations, "the left wing of the Democratic Party," Harvard, Yale "and 2,000 other colleges and universities."
his apocalyptic beliefs, in which he asserts the end of the world is near. Other believers in dispensational pre-millenialism, who believe that the return of Jesus is imminent, criticize various aspects of his theology, saying he has "some real problems with his prophetical teachings in the Left Behind series."
It is noted that "in books 8 & 9, LaHaye and Jenkins teach that [non-willing] recipients of the mark of the beast can still be saved." However, in The Mark, "the Chang scenario" is developed, whereby a character receives both the mark of the beast and the sealing of the Lord.
In Desecration, his dual-marking was justified in the storyline." This has led some readers to wonder "how a Christian can have the mark of the beast and still be saved has been asked many times by perplexed readers on the Left Behind message board, and was answered on the FAQ page at LeftBehind.com."
Many mainstream Christians have broader disagreements with the series as a whole, pointing out that "most biblical scholars largely reject the eschatological assumptions of this kind of pop end-times literature."
Others say that Tim LaHaye portrays the Book of Revelation with a selective literalism, choosing to take some things literally (such as the violence) and others as metaphor (the Beast) as it suits his point of view.
In The Rapture Exposed, a number of criticisms are raised regarding the series, particularly its focus on violence. LaHaye's response to such criticisms is to write them off for not taking a literal, inerrant interpretation of scripture.
which he has called "a false religion." In his 1973 book Revelation Illustrated and Made Plain, he stated that the Catholic Church "is more dangerous than no religion because she substitutes religion for truth" and "is also dangerous because some of her doctrines are pseudo-Christian." Elsewhere the same book compared Catholic ceremonies to pagan rituals.
It was these statements that were largely responsible for LaHaye's dismissal from Jack Kemp's presidential campaign. It was later revealed that the San Diego church that LaHaye had pastored throughout the 1970s had sponsored an anti-Catholic group called Mission to Catholics.
One of the Tim Lahaye Ministries pamphlets asserted that Pope Paul VI was the "archpriest of Satan, a deceiver, and an antichrist, who has, like Judas, gone to his own place."
The issue of anti-Catholicism also comes up in regard to the Left Behind series. The books say that many "who called themselves Catholics" but did not truly believe in Jesus were not raptured, but it does not mention the proportion who were.
he is described as having "stirred up controversy in the church with a new doctrine that seemed to coincide more with the ‘heresy’ of Martin Lutherthan with the historic orthodoxy they were used to," and this is implied as the reason he was raptured.
His successor, Pope Peter II, who espouses what LaHaye and Jenkins regard as traditional Catholic doctrine, becomes Pontifex Maximus of Enigma Babylon One World Faith, an amalgamation of all remaining world faiths and religions.
Other Catholic writers have said that while the books aren't "anti-Catholic per se" they reflect LaHaye's other writings on the subject.
Tim Lahaye Ministries has also been criticized for "pseudo-psychological" temperament theory and mixing in theology. The basic ideas in this theory — that people have temperaments that can be described as sanguine, choleric, melancholic, and phlegmatic — are very old and actually go all the way back to Hippocrates. A common temperament theory is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
promoting Theocracy by the organization TheocracyWatch.
According to Jimmy Akin, Tim LaHaye, though had made clear that he does not endorse Sun Myung Moon's theological ideas, he was affiliated to the Unification Church.
He was the chair of Moon’s Coalition for Religious Freedom, and Tim Lahaye and his wife have attended and spoken at Moon-sponsored events.
Tim Lahaye Ministries has also produced many self-help titles, some co-written with his wife, on topics such as sexuality, marriage, self-control, etc. His bibliography in this area far overshadows the Left Behind series in number.
Two of Tim Lahaye Ministries books were among Christianity Today's Top 50 Books That Have Shaped Evangelicals. Surprisingly, The Act of Marriage (written with his wife Beverly) was book #28 while Left Behind listed as #36.