Hal Lindsey

General Teachings/Activities

-  Hal Lindsey is best known for his multi-million copy best seller The Late Great Planet Earth. He has written many other prophecy-related books and speaks frequently at "evangelical" prophecy conferences. He was also the pastor of Tetelestai Christian Center in Torrance, California prior to his resignation in 1996.

Sadly, in recent years Lindsey has become quite comfortable ministering with hyper-charismatics and neo-evangelicals, and has most recently taken up an active interest in the area of religious humanism. [Part of this may be due to Lindsey's unscriptural divorces and remarriages (see below).] (Lindsey has even taken up with Roman Catholics: A regular guest and commentator on Lindsey's radio program is John Gizzy. Lindsey calls him "Mr. Conservative" and a brother-in-Christ. In late-1994, Gizzy handled the call-in portion of the show for three weeks while Hal was on vacation in Italy. Gizzy is a Roman Catholic.)

-  Hal Lindsey is currently married to his fourth wife, having divorced his previous three. On the back cover of the sixth printing of his 1974 book, There's a New World Coming, is a picture of Lindsey with his second wife, Jan. (Jan is the mother of Hal's three grown daughters.) He also dedicates the book to "my best pal, my wife Jan ..." However, "best pal" Jan is gone from the back cover of the book's 1984 "updated" edition, as is the dedication to her. A later Lindsey' book, Planet Earth--2000 A.D. (18 million in circulation as of 1/95), carries a picture of Hal and his third wife, Kim, who is approximately 25 years his junior. (Kim is the sister of author Johanna Michaelsen, and the sister-in-law of Tetelestai Center's Associate Pastor, Randy Michaelsen.) After dumping Kim, Hal is now married to wife #4, JoLyn, a member of Tetelestai and in a Bible class taught by Lindsey when she was evidently "discovered" by Hal.

-  Lindsey is a big fan of country music, and believes that God is also!:

"A current revival of the ballad-type is known as 'country music.' This is my favorite. I like this kind of music because it runs the gamut of emotions from gloom to glee. After a Johnny Cash concert, I'm worn out! That music comes right out of the soul and grabs me! I wouldn't be at all surprised or disappointed if the new song which the hosts of heaven sing to extol the incomparable Son of God has a 'country music' style!" (There's a New World Coming, 1974 edition -- p. 97; 1984 edition -- p. 80).

-  Lindsey claims that he does not go along with many of the charismatic excesses presented on the hyper-charismatic Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN -- owned and operated by Paul and Jan Crouch), yet he continues to be part of its programming. One can regularly tune-in to TBN programs and find Lindsey as a guest, or even hosting the show, heaping praise upon its charismatic and social activist participants. Lindsey also co-hosts a one-half hour weekly TV program aired on TBN, a prophecy program called "International Intelligence Briefing." By Lindsey's participation in the programming of TBN, he not only remains silent about the many heresies being taught on TBN, but he actually helps build TBN's audience. The Crouches provide Lindsey's program either free of charge or at reduced rates, knowing full well that they are attracting viewers who would not otherwise tune in nor support TBN financially.

-  On TBN's 12/29/99 "Praise the Lord" program, Hal Lindsey and his sidekick, Cliff Ford, hosted. One of their guests was Chuck Missler. Missler said he was there for the purpose of endorsing TBN's movie, The Omega Code, and promoting his own new book on the Code. The three of them carried on and on about how great TBN is and how everyone needs to continue to support the network to spread the gospel around the world. 

What they didn't say is that the new gospel of the hidden messages in the Bible (Omega Code) and the prosperity gospel are two different gospels, not the Gospel that was preached in the New Testament. The Omega Code movie did NOT promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but rather gave credence to the latest big lie -- that there are hidden messages in the Bible when one uses the letters as an acrostic puzzle. This is the latest blasphemy sweeping through the professing church -- using the Bible as a tool for divination. The movie and the books on the subject would have us believe that historical events, such as the death of Princess Diana, the assassination of President Kennedy, and the Challenger space shuttle disaster are not only significant events in God's plan for the Ages, but were secretly coded into the Bible just waiting for sleuths like Lindsey to discover them. What a pitiful cosmic joke! (Source: The Christian Sentinel Report, Jackie Alnor, Eastern Christian Outreach web site, 12/99.)

-  As an example of the extent to which men like Hal Lindsey will go in the pursuit of furthering the social gospel, Lindsey actually held a position with the Sun Myung Moon's now defunct Coalition for Religious Freedom (CRF). (Moon is the founder of the Unification Church, and the self-proclaimed Messiah to the world.) Other so-called evangelicals that served with Lindsey at CRF as executive committee and/or advisory board members were Tim LaHaye (CRF's paid chairman at the time!), Don Wildmon (founder and president of the social activist American Family Association), Paul Crouch (TBN Network's infamous founder), Marlin Maddoux (Point Of View nationwide radio talk show host), James Robison, Jimmy Swaggart, and D. James Kennedy (author and pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) -- an agenda of social activism certainly makes for strange ecumenical bedfellows. (Reported in the 11/90, Omega-Letter.)

-  That Hal Lindsey is an ecumenical compromiser is known by many, but few know that he also is now teaching the false gospel of self-love/self-esteem. One could speculate that this is at least partially due to Lindsey's recent "involvement" with the Rapha Hospital Treatment Centers in Houston, Texas (one of Lindsey's former wives was "treated" there). (Rapha operates a chain of twenty psychiatric hospitals specializing in the "treatment" of so-called codependent and/or addicted Christians, by employing an amalgamation of Adlerean-Maslowian need psychology and the Bible, all in the framework of a typical Alcoholics Anonymous 12-Step recovery program.) The "specialty" of Rapha's Houston clinic is "self-esteem therapy."

-  Lindsey, never known for his "scholarly" style, came under harsh criticism in an 11/93 Biblical Viewpoint review of Lindsey's 1989 book, The Road to Holocaust:

"Warmly dedicated to his 'spiritual father, Col. Robert B. Thieme, Jr.,' this book is Lindsey's rebuttal to the theonomic postmillennial position, also known as dominion theology or Christian reconstruction. It is simultaneously a defense of the dispensational premillennial position. Unfortunately, the book does little more than give additional ammunition to the former and weakens the credibility of the latter. ...

"Lindsey's characteristically accusatory tone ... suggests that the author has only a surface understanding of the reasons and motives behind the reconstructionist position. This suspicion is only heightened when one finds apparent plagiarism rampant throughout the book. His entire biographical section on reconstructionists appears to have been lifted directly out of Dominion Theology (a previous work by Wayne House and Thomas Ice) right down to the order and specific phraseology of the text.

"Chapter 11 is particularly egregious; the author fails to demonstrate an independent investigation and first-hand understanding of dominion theology, since 33 out of the 43 footnotes duplicate the footnote material in chapter 12 of House and Ice in Dominion Theology, and only seven of these duplications note their previous citation by House and Ice. In addition, misspellings abound (pp. 258, 264, 289, 290, 292). ... If  anything more damaging than the uncredited appropriation of unoriginal material noted above, it would be the author's inexcusable Greek word blunders. ...This is from a man who, according to page 296, majored at Dallas Theological Seminary in New Testament and early Greek literature."

-  Lindsey teaches the Freudian concept of the "subconscious"/"unconscious" mind:

"[The mind has a] vast area of the 'subconscious.' ... It's in the subconscious mind that ... the fortresses of Satan are built ... in the first 16 years of life. ... Things happen in your earlier years, so your parents played a big role in the ways you think about life -- the way you view yourself and how you view God. If you have an abusive person, you're going to initially see God as that" (Sermon message from Tetelestai Christian Center, aired 5/20/93 on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).

Freud invented the idea of an "unconscious" as a reservoir of drives and impulses that govern an individual beyond his conscious awareness. Freud saw the unconscious as the home of "ego-defense mechanisms," including "repression" and "denial." The idea of the "unconscious" is not only not supported by the Bible, it has no scientific support either!

-  Lindsey is also an adherent to the "science" of psycho-cybernetics, which trains the individual to repeat certain affirmations regularly (e.g., "I love myself unconditionally"). Psycho-cybernetics teaches that it is not even important that the person believe what he or she is repeating, only that it be repeated. The inner mind is supposedly trained and will eventually respond by modifying behavior to conform to the affirmation. This principle has been "known" for centuries by the mind-science cults, and is a frequently advertised technique in today's New Age publications. (See pp. 233-236 of Lindsey's book, The Liberation of Planet Earth, "Your 'New Self' Means That You Can Have A New Self-Image.")

Biblical Discernment Ministries - Revised 2/2003