Left Behind Movie

Left Behind Movie – Best to Leave it Behind and Focus on Real Doctrine

In Articles, Christian News, Featured, Warnings by JD Rucker2 Comments

Some of the most powerful deceptions come wrapped in lies proclaiming to be the truth. Such is the case with the movie “Left Behind“, a second adaptation of an extremely dangerous book series.

Churches are promoting it. Christians are heralding it. Big name actors. Big budget production. The timing couldn’t be better as more people are being propelled towards investigating end times. Sadly, this movie will do more damage than good to those who watch it.

As we’ve mentioned before, the biggest threat to Christians is the teaching of a pre-tribulation rapture. The fact that most churches teach it doesn’t make it true. Only the Word of God can make a doctrine true and there is nothing even remotely close to evidence or even speculation that there will be a rapture of the church before the great tribulation. In fact, there is plenty of evidence that clearly demonstrates the church will be at the center of the persecutions during the tribulation.

This is what makes movies like Left Behind so dangerous. If you make people believe that they will not suffer, the presence of their suffering when it actually takes place can be enough to force them away from their faith to embrace a worldview that keeps them safe in this life. We are to be willing to give our lives for Christ and the pre-tribulation rapture teaching hurts a person’s chances of accepting their death if and when the time arises.

A line from the trailer is enough to demonstrate why the pre-tribulation teaching is so embraced: “He took them to protect them from the darkest time in the history of this world.”

When believers go into the dark times ahead with that concept in their head, they will not be prepared. They will feel betrayed. They will be confused. They will be more easily deceived. The doctrines of men will not help us through the times ahead. The lies of so many churches will not protect us from suffering.

This movie is not a gateway to the Gospel. The belief that many hold, that a little lie that brings people to church is fine as long as they get to hear the Word of God, is damaging. Deception is deception. It is a black and white issue. The lie of the pre-tribulation rapture might do well to keep the pews full, but what good is it if the people sitting in them are ill-prepared to face what’s to come?

Do not see this movie. Do not encourage others to see this movie. If you know people who see it, talk to them about it. Let them know the truth, that the church will not be raptured before the crazy things that are coming. Those alive when tribulation starts will see it through to the end of their lives. If they remain faithful to Jesus Christ, they will be saved. If they are swayed through weakness to adopt other doctrines in order to save their lives, they will be lost.

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  1. [Hi, Judeochristianchurch. Great blog! What follows was spotted on the WWW. Any reaction?]

    The Pretrib Rapture Jackpot!

    by Bruce Rockwell

    Attention, writers. You can make millions by promoting the pretrib rapture!
    As you know, pretrib began in Scotland in 1830. Early developers including Edward Irving and John Darby admitted it was then a totally new view that had never been part of any theology or organized church.
    They also admitted that it had suddenly sprung from only OT and NT “types” and “symbols” and not from any clear Bible statement! (Part of their “cut and paste” included stretching forward “gather” (Matt. 24:31) on their “charts” and turning it into a pretrib coming!)
    As late as 1957, pretrib expert John Walvoord admitted in “The Rapture Question” (p. 148) that “pretribulationism” is NOT “an explicit teaching of Scripture”!
    Since the early 1900s pretrib has been sold by novelists like Sydney Watson (in 1913) and by Salem Kirban whose “Left Behind”-type novel “666” came out in 1970 – the same year Hal Lindsey’s “The Late Great Planet Earth” started breaking sales records.
    The very first pretrib rapture novel titled “Left Behind” came from the joint pens of Peter and Patti Lalonde in mid-1995 before Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins somehow came up with the very same title: “Left Behind”!
    The pretrib rapture view, which admittedly is only an “inference” and not “explicit,” rests basically on verses in John 14, I Thess. 4, and I Cor. 15, none of which have either a “taken/left” separation or exciting, nail-biting scenarios that can “sell” pretrib.
    You have to go to Revelation’s action-packed chapters instead. When you do, you discover they can be tied to end time details found basically in the Olivet Discourse.
    As you know, pretribs believe in two stages; Stage 1 is the pretrib rapture which supposedly occurs several years before Stage 2 which is the posttrib second coming to earth.
    Since the three “rapture” chapters listed above don’t have any clear rapture-type separation between the “righteous” and the “wicked,” your best launching pad if you want to be a bestselling author is “the one shall be taken, and the other left” phrase in Matt. 24:40, 41 and Luke 17:34-36.
    Trouble is, Dr. Walvoord and many other pretrib leaders declare that the “one taken” refers to the “wicked” taken in judgment while the “righteous” are left! But since average pew-sitters don’t seem to know this, you can easily convince them that the “one taken” is a sort of code for an any-moment pretrib rapture!
    And the pew-sitters don’t know that Walvoord etc. also teach that the same phrase is part of “non-imminent” Stage 2 which is posttrib (and not pretrib) and is on “Jewish” (and not “Church”) ground!
    In order to preserve Stage 1 (the long-stretched-forward pretrib rapture), pretrib merchandisers in recent decades have been stretching forward various aspects found in Stage 2 and quietly applying them to Stage 1. Aspects include “the day of the Lord,” “God’s wrath,” “the taken/left phrase,” “the unknown day and hour,” and Christ’s coming “as a thief” (which in the Bible is always tied to Armageddon and other posttrib events).
    (For more on the above, Google “The Correct Answer to Who’s Taken” etc. on Joe Ortiz’s blog of Apr. 12, 2010. Sure, there’s disagreement on who’s “taken” first, but pretrib pew-sitters forget or don’t know that THE TAKEN/LEFT PHRASE IS FOUND IN ONLY A POSTTRIB SETTING IN THE BIBLE!!)
    Yes, I’ve told you how you can turn yourself into a bestselling, wealthy author.
    But unfortunately you have some competition because LaHaye and Jenkins have long been aware of the above facts. And for years they’ve been milking their 19th century cash cow (which hasn’t dried up yet) to shatter all-time sales records and make millions of pretrib dollars that are destined to be left behind!
    For more on LaHaye etc. Google “The ‘Left Behind’ Rupture,” “LaHaye’s Temperament,” “Jerry Jenkins Apologizes for Being Seen Gambling in Casinos,” “Pretrib Rapture Diehards,” “Thomas Ice (Bloopers),” “Pretrib Rapture Pride,” “Walvoord Melts Ice,” “Famous Rapture Watchers,” “Margaret Macdonald’s Rapture Chart,” “Pretrib Rapture’s Missing Lines,” “Roots of Warlike Christian Zionism,” “Evangelicals Use Occult Deception,” “Pretrib Rapture Secrecy,” “Letter from Mrs. Billy Graham,” “Pretrib Rapture: A Staged Event,” “Pretrib Rapture Stealth,” “Pretrib Hypocrisy,” and “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty.” (Most of these are by the author of “The Rapture Plot,” the most accurate and documented book on pretrib rapture history, obtainable by calling 800.643.4645.) BTW, for a unique Obama-inspired article, Google “The Background Obama Can’t Cover Up.”
    In closing let me say that Jeremiah 17:11 warns that “he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.”
    And you can bet on this!

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