Has Kirk Cameron Rejected His “Left Behind” Views?

Monumental, Kirk Cameron’s documentary “seeks to discover America’s true ‘national treasure’: the people, places, and principles that made America the freest, most prosperous and generous nation the world has ever known.”Image

Based on pre-release clips, reviews, and interviews, Kirk Cameron may have changed his mind about the end times. Tim LaHaye’s Left Behind books and movies (starring Kirk Cameron) embrace the end times doctrine of premillennialism. Premillennialism says Christ will return to the earth just prior to a literal one-thousand-year reign. During the time just before the second coming there will be extraordinary tribulation and evil and the appearance of the Anti-Christ.

Monumental seems to reflect the optimism of postmillennialism. Postmillennialism teaches that Christ will return after a millennial period – 1,000 years being understood symbolically. The kingdom of God was established at the Resurrection, and is gradually being realized as Christ’s influence spreads across the globe. Before Christ’s second coming, the world will see a gradual return to biblical norms of justice and righteousness.

Cameron has made no formal statement about his views on the end times, but one things is certain: Monumental is different than the end times perspective taught by the Left Behind series.

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About Corey Sharpe

Where do we get our beliefs? Three theological perspectives have significantly shaped my Christian identity: Evangelicalism, the early Methodist tradition and liberation theology. From my coming to faith in a Baptist church and throughout my education in a Baptist school and college, I was nurtured by convictions that emphasized a spiritual rebirth, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the centrality of the Bible. Even when I disagree with certain aspects of evangelicalism, it has deeply influenced my sense of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. My seminary studies spawned my interest in early Methodism, particularly its approach to spiritual formation. Its leaders were convinced that only a foundation of doctrine and discipline would lead to a meaningful transformation of the heart and mind. In other words, having the mind of Christ enables me to be more like Christ. Life in a suburban culture obscures the increasing gap between the poor and rich, as well as the Bible’s close identification with the poor. My doctoral work in socio-cultural context exposed me to liberation theology, which helps me see redemptive history as a history of oppressed groups, written from the perspective of the powerless, about a God who is actively involved with the poor in their struggles. I am now the pastor at Huntingtown United Methodist Church in Calvert County, Maryland. Together my wife and I are raising 4 young theologians.
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