Latino Journalist Challenges Right Wing Evangelicals

Former Latino talk show host writes anti-Rapture books

By Joe Ortiz
Published on LatinoLA: June 26, 2009

Latino Journalist Challenges Right Wing Evangelicals

A former Los Angeles-based talk show host and public relations consultant has written two books that challenge an evangelical doctrine that attempts to influence the U.S.'s political decisions concerning the state of Israel.

Joe Ortiz, the first Mexican American to host and English-language talk show on a commercial radio station, claims evangelicals who support the dispensational, premillennial doctrine have been misinformed by proponents who have misinterpreted the Bible.

Ortiz (an Indio, California native) claims in his book, The End Times Passover and Why Christians Will Suffer Great Tribulation (published by Author House) that careful scrutiny of the Bible proves that the Promised Land is not in the Middle East, the state of Israel is not God's time piece to Armageddon, that there will be no Pre-Tribulation Rapture, and that God's true disciples will experience great tribulation.

"Right wing evangelicals who promote the Left Behind doctrine (like Tim LaHaye, John Hagee, Hal Lindsey and others), believe the State of Israel is key to Bible prophecy," said Ortiz. "The proponents of this erroneous doctrine have unwittingly been pounding their theological hammers on U.S. foreign policy for over a century, only to drive a bigger wedge between Jews and Arabs who want peace in the Middle East.

Ortiz stated his book is not a politically-motivated treatise designed to influence people to choose sides between Palestinians or Jews. He said his is an academic polemic designed for people to recognize their role should be one of peacemakers rather than promoting military solutions to a feud that's been going on for centuries. He said his research was based on analyzing the etymology of key words in the Bible that prove conclusively that the Left Behind notion promoted by many evangelicals begins to fall apart when examined carefully.

"It took over 20 years of research to provide conclusive answers to the premillennial, dispensational debate," said Ortiz. The author's media experience includes more than 20 years of news reporting and hosting programs on TV and radio, as well as writing for a syndicated publisher in California.

Ortiz claims that "when those preachers and teachers of Bible prophecy read this book, they will soon realize they have been promoting a militant and destructive doctrine instead of a genuine gospel of peace."

About Joe Ortiz:
Joe Ortiz has the distinction of being the first Mexican American in US history to conduct a talk show on an English-language, commercial radio station in 1971 at KABC 790 AM He now writes for various local and national media and host several blogs.
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