Don’t Be Afraid

I hope that the revelation of Barney, the cute purple dinosaur, as the anti-Christ was not too disturbing for young children. Of course, many adults have long suspected the Great Purple One was exerting an unusual influence on their young.

On a more serious note, this sermon gave me no small amount of struggle. Normally in dealing with difficult texts in the Bible there is enough that can be known to give one a good grasp on what is being taught. However in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12 there is little to grab on too. More than once I wondered why in the world I was feeling the need to preach on this obscure text. In my limited experience I don’t recall ever hearing a sermon on anti-Christ or any serious attempt in a sermon to explain the “man of lawlessness” in 2 Thessalonians.

What drove me in deciding to tackle this theme, was the End Times drama that is so popular today in books and movies. The anti-Christ figures are so frightening that I thought I should at least do something to help keep people from being alarmed at such presentations. Hopefully, that task was successful.

By the way, I did double check my math to make sure my calculations were correct: Barney is the anti-Christ! Math has proven it to be so.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.


4 Responses to “Don’t Be Afraid”

  1. avatar Adrienne says:

    Yeah, we’re going to have to catch today’s sermon online because we have NO IDEA what you’re talking about! Ha ha :o)

  2. avatar Byron says:

    OK, for you readers of the blog that did not hear the sermon here is the proof that Barney is the anti-Christ.

    1. Everyone knows that Barney is a Cute Purple Dinosaur

    2. The Romans had no letter ‘U’, and used ‘V’ instead, meaning the Roman representation for Barney would be: CVTE PVRPLE DINOSAVR

    3. Extracting the Roman numerals, we have:
    C V V L D I V

    4. And their decimal equivalents are:
    100 5 5 50 500 1 5

    5. Adding those numbers equals: 666

    6. 666 is the number of the Beast

  3. avatar Jeremy says:

    Wow. Wow. I always knew something was up…

    Amanda and I substituted the live Byron for the cd Byron, listening to about four of your Truth Will Set You Free lessons.

    I’m glad that we only had to pretend to stand up, it would have been hard to do in the car…

  4. avatar Jeremy says:

    Can you post a slide show? That would be awesome!

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