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.