IFAS | Freedom Writer | September 1998 | y2k.html

Y2K = 666

Colorado Springs, Colorado Using material provided by Christian Reconstructionist Gary North, this past July, Focus on the Family entered into the Y2K hysteria. Y2K stands for the Year 2000. It has been well-publicized that a computer programming error may cause some computers to interpret the year 2000 as 1900. Unless corrected, this could be disastrous for date-dependent programs and computations.

North said, "We've got a problem. It may be the biggest problem that the modern world has ever faced. I think it is."

Financial institutions, in particular, are working night and day to reprogram their computers before midnight, December 31, 1999. But, according to many conservative Christian organizations, it's too late.

Noah W. Hutchings, of the Southwest Radio Church in Oklahoma City, wrote, "We are living in the most perilous times since the flood in Noah's Day. Informed sources worldwide are now becoming alarmed. Some are predicting world famine, economic disasters, world rioting, and chaos with millions dying.

"What if on January 1, 2000, the water in your tap does not flow; what if the lights do not come on; what if the banks don't open; food supplies do not get to the local supermarket; no natural gas for heating or gas for your automobile; your telephone won't work and your favorite television programs do not come on? These are just some of the lesser catastrophes that some experts are predicting."

Hutchings wrote a book called Y2K = 666. He tells his followers they can use the book to bring the gospel to unbelievers in these last days. The Pastor's Weekly Briefing, a weekly fax publication of Focus on the Family, quoted Gary North (R.J. Rushdoony's son-in-law) and exhorted pastors to prepare, "As with the Y2K crises, churches will need to be prepared for ministry to members and those in the community who will be impacted." They see the "Year 2000 nightmare" as an opportunity to save souls.

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