Jack Van Impe and His "Damascus Road" Experience
By Jan Markell,
Olive Tree Ministries, Inc.
I very sparingly and cautiously name names and single out ministries
that to me really deserve it. Most Christian leaders either remain
silent on these issues or join in with praise today for teachings and
movements that are questionable because "truth has fallen in the
streets" (Is. 59). As a result, Christendom is ravaged today because we
are in the generation of 2 Timothy 4:1-5: "The time will come when they
will not endure sound doctrine, having itching ears; and they shall turn
away their ears from truth and be turned to fables." It also says that
in the latter days, some will "give heed to seducing spirits....." (I
I do not know what has overtaken Dr. Jack Van Impe other than strong
delusion. Here is a man who has much of the Bible memorized. While
Jack's flamboyant style has been criticized over the years, I and many
others have given him credit for presenting the truths of Bible prophecy
when few others will touch the topic. When the Bush administration
sought a chart of end-time events a few years ago, they sought out Dr.
Van Impe and the information was passed on to Condoleeza Rice. This is
fact, not rumor. Week after week for years, Jack has presented
Premillennial Dispensational truth: A literal coming Millennium, literal
antichrist, literal Tribulation, literal Battle of Armageddon, and at
the center of all of this, national Israel and her important central
role in the Bible--past, present, and future. He regularly denounces the
newest fad in the church, "Replacement Theology"--the Church is the new
But starting on his April 16 show, Van Impe has praised Pope John Paul
II, the Vatican, Catholic theology, Pope Benedict 16th, the Catholic
Catechism, and Rome non-stop. It has been thus far a three-week
infomercial. Jack and Rexella insist that as long as we agree on the
virgin birth, the deity of Christ, the bodily resurrection, and
substitutionary atonement, we can set aside all other disagreements and
accept Catholicism. We can set aside the adoration of Catholics for
Mary, papal infallibility, baptismal regeneration, exaltation of the
Eucharist, the doctrine of good works, indulgences, purgatory (which
makes a mockery of Christ's death on the cross), the power of the
priesthood, and more. And then there is the Vatican's strong belief in
Replacement Theology and their eschatalogical belief that the Catholic
Church will prepare the way for Christ's return.
Van Impe stated on his April 16 show that he is no longer a "right-wing
fundamentalist" but didn't say what he now was. He stated he has had a
"Damascus Road experience" with Catholicism and has stopped short of
announcing his conversion but one has to wonder if he has done that.
Jack insists that Catholics are "fundamentalists" even though Jack now
denounces fundamentalism and says that "fundamentalism deteriorated many
years ago." He is speaking out of two sides of his mouth.
He is now reading on air from the Catholic Catechism, and the theme of
three programs has now been unity, unity, unity (ecumenism), and that
Protestants must have unity with Rome as he lauds "Evangelicals and
Catholics Together (ECT)." The next step with ECT is going to be
Protestants embracing Mormonism for what we agree on, disregarding our
major differences. We can see this already forming.
Van Impe is also lauding the prophecy of St. Malacy as fact, that only
one more pope remains and then the end shall come. This St. Malacy story
is in the same category as Nostradamus and no one should look upon it
seriously. No man knows the future with this kind of specifics. This
gives prophecy-lovers a bad name, pegged as sensational, date-setters,
Jack and Rexella have pushed their video on Pope John Paul II for three
weeks as, "the most important product we carry."
Though Van Impe has taught on Revelation for fifty years, he apparently
cannot see that the events in Rome in the last two months are a
foreshadowing of Revelation 13 and 17 with emphases on the one-world
Van Impe also says he believes there is validity in the apparitions of
Mary, when in fact, these "angels of light" have Mary declaring herself
co-redeemer. Olive Tree Ministries carries a book and video/DVD on these
apparitions that tell it like it is. See "Our Products" at
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If the "elect can be deceived" (Matthew 24), I believe this has happened
to Jack and Rexella Van Impe.
I encourage you to listen to my radio show with Mike Gendron on "Radio
Archives" at the Web site. It's the April 23 radio show, both hours.
To listen to Van Impe yourself, go to his Web site, www.thegospel.org.
Also visit my Web site and the category of "Spiritual Deception" to
better understand the all-around deception among people of faith today.
Yes, I know many good Catholic people who are born again, and no, I do
not have an answer for why they don't leave the Catholic Church. I am
not interested in Catholic-bashing. As in my family background which is
Judaism, faith can also be a culture from birth to the grave. Departing
from it can be difficult at best and traumatic at worst, often losing
loved ones who do not understand the decision to leave a life-long faith
and lifestyle. Some stay in Catholicism to make a difference in their
church. How effective this is I do not know.
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