I am afraid that there is something missing in most of the Lord’s churches today. I say that based on some fairly solid evidence. I think there is no question that one thing that is for sure missing in the Lord’s churches is the Lord’s people. Most Baptist churches that I am familiar with generally have at least twice the membership, or more, of their average weekly attendance.
It would be easy to say that this is because most people on church rolls are still lost. I would not argue to hard against that, but I don’t think that is the case with all of those who profess Christ and forget the church.
But even within those who are attending it seems to me that something is still missing. I have been in services before where the preacher could have read from a Hong Kong cook book, and he would have been “amen’d” all the way out the back door. Pastors often hear people say, “I may not be there in body, but I’ll be there in spirit.” There are some people that ought to be saying the other side of the coin, “I may be there in body, but I’ll not be there in spirit.”
The Bible states clearly in Hebrews 10:25, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another and so much the more as ye see the day approaching.” The sad fact is that most believers do not really see that the day is approaching. When men and women, boys and girls really see that the day is approaching, not only will the pews be full of bodies AND spirits, but the pulpits of our land would be fired up as well.
But that’s not what this article is about.
It is about something much worse.
It is about a doctrine that is being taught in the Lord’s churches that is causing people not to see the approaching day.
This past year I found my self actually having to defend the doctrine of the pre-tribulation rapture to a Baptist preacher who pastors a church with the same like faith and order as mine. To sum up the entire debate, of which he asserted a “post-trib” rapture, my question to him was this; “so if what you are saying is true, Jesus couldn’t come back at any moment? He couldn’t come back and call us to the clouds tonight?” His reply was, “yes that’s right.”
My reply to him then and to any now, is “no that’s wrong.” That is not just wrong on a harmless point of secondary doctrine, that is deadly wrong concerning a fundamental fact of our faith. After dealing with this brother I have come to the place that in my estimation this “Post tribulation Rapture Theology” is more dangerous to evangelism and the call for missions than the Primitive Hardshell doctrines of extreme Calvinism.
I preach that Christ is coming, and could come at any moment. They preach, He is not – relax.
I am looking for Christ. They are looking for Antichrist.
I am looking up for the redemption that draweth nigh. They are looking forward anticipating the tribulation.
The greatest danger that the doctrine of Post-Tribulation Rapture theology presents is that it totally and completely eliminates and denies the “imminent” return of Christ. It removes the urgency, and the emergency that is called for in Hebrews 10:25.
Our Lord made it very clear in Matthew 24:48 that it is an evil servant that says, “my Lord delayeth his coming.” I say here without doubt or debate that the Lord will not delay His coming. “For yet a little while and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” Hebrews 10:37.
The bottom line is that most Christians have been chlorophormed into carelessness, and have been fed a diet of spiritual morphine so that we do not have a sense of urgency concerning our Lord’s calling us to meet Him in the air. But what is worse, is that some of our own preachers are injecting them with these spiritual drugs numbing their hearts to the promise of Christ and the plan in scripture. This doctrine is a malevolent, malicious, and deadly doctrine. The reality is that the scriptures do not teach it.
There needs to be a change. And Jesus is it. The truth is that Jesus Christ could call our names at any moment to meet Him in the air. There are more moments behind us than there are in front of us. The Bible says that Christ has spoken to us in “these last days” implying that there are less days after the cross than there were before the cross. Time is marching and moments are vanishing. Each second is one closer to the time that we will see Jesus.
I hope and pray that those who hear those false teachings will make a change, and realize that the Jesus is not going to tarry, and He is not going to come get us after the antichrist has had his shot at us. We are not appointed unto wrath, and are anxious to be delivered before it comes.
As we approach the year 2010 our message is still the same. This could be the year. This could be the time. Every minute He does not come is one more minute that people have the opportunity for real eternal change; and of course that change is Jesus. He is the only change worth making, because He is the only real change at all.