False Prophet Hall of Shame: Richard F. Ames & Doug Batchelor
Richard F. Ames
Television presenter of the Living Church of God (LCG) and co-host of “Tomorrow’s World,” another so-called end-times TV broadcast and bi-monthly magazine subscription. He is second in command to the organization’s head, Roderick C. Meredith. He has eccentric views of Bible prophecy (i.e., LCG followers are “Philadelphians” and will be protected during the great tribulation for 3 1/2 years), usually found in his numerous publications or published online at lcg.org. He has a book about prophecy in the Middle East, and teaches that his church members should not participate in juries, politics or military service. He rejects orthodox beliefs of heaven and hell, the Trinity, salvation by grace alone and the bodily resurrection of Jesus.
Doug Batchelor (1957-)
President/Speaker Amazing Facts
Seventh Day Adventist
Prestigious defender of Seventh-Day Adventism, host of the popular “Amazing Facts” television program. Also hosts “Bible Answers Live” radio show. Many of his prophecy teachings are rejected by mainstream prophecy scholars and teachers. He, and other Adventists use “bait and switch” tactics at highly-publicized prophecy seminars (after many hours of prophetic teaching, participants are eventually told they will receive the “mark of the beast” if they don’t convert to a Seventh-Day Adventist). Many Christians are duped by this tactic due to their lack of Bible prophecy knowledge. These “Revelation seminars” promote doctrines that are required knowledge for membership or baptism in the SDA church. For example, popular teachings are the “great whore” of Babylon in Revelation 17 & 18 is the Catholic church, and the ”daughters of the whore” are Protestant Sunday-keeping churches of today. The origins of SDA doctrine are rooted in date setting, false prophecies and legalism.