Left Behind for Bad Behavior.

One of the most telling indicators that the rapture is near is the number of people who write fearing that because of their behavior they’re going to be left behind. People didn’t worry so much about that when they thought the rapture was off in the distant future.

I’m sure some of this is due to the normal conviction of the Holy Spirit and in that case it’s not a rapture issue because as we’ll see born again believers can’t be excluded from the Rapture for any reason.

No, I think most of the fear of missing the rapture comes from the false “partial-rapture” teaching. There are several variations on this theme but they all claim that just being saved is either not enough to put you in the rapture, or it’s not enough to get you into the Kingdom after you are raptured. They say you also have to be worthy in some additional way. In my opinion none of this can be reconciled with Scripture.

I want to approach the subject the way the US Treasury department trains bank employees to recognize counterfeit money. Instead of showing them all the fakes and pointing out what makes them fake, they focus on what legitimate bills look like. That way when bank tellers spot a bill that doesn’t look like what they have learned to recognize, they know it has to be a fake.

Let’s use that same principle to focus on what the Bible says about who qualifies for the rapture. Then we’ll know whether what we hear matches that. If it doesn’t it’s a false teaching.

How Do We Qualify?
In order to exist in the presence of God, we have to be as righteous as He is. In the Lord’s time the Pharisees were thought to be the most righteous men in Israel. They were absolutely compulsive about keeping the Law, even straining their water before drinking it to avoid accidentally swallowing a tiny bug.

They come off badly in the Bible because of their resistance to the Gospel, but they were held in high esteem by the people as role models of righteousness.

Their problems with Jesus began in the early days of His ministry. Speaking to a large group on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus said, “For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matt. 5:20). They didn’t like hearing that they would be excluded from the Kingdom.

Then He explained that righteousness is not just a matter of outward behavior, but also includes inner motivation. Anger is as bad as murder, lustful thoughts are as bad as adultery. He went on to teach them things that were utterly amazing to them, even saying they must “Be perfect therefore, as your Father in Heaven is perfect”(Matt. 5:40) in order to qualify for the Kingdom . By the time He was finished it was clear that no human on Earth could ever achieve this high standard.

Then He said if they asked Him for this righteousness He would give it to them. All of them. He said, “Everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds, and to Him who knocks the door will be opened (Matt. 7:7-8).

What do YOU think?

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  1. Bikelite says:

    Common Teaching… What Does That ………MEAN?……….. very interesting!

  2. Bikelite says:

    We must watch out for false teachers who will try to take us off the narrow road with a combination of faith and works. It doesn’t matter what kind of good work we do, even if we do it in His name, only those who do the will of our Father in Heaven will enter the Kingdom (Matt. 7:13-23). And what is our Father’s will?

    Jesus said, “I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:38-40)

    And what kind of work does He require of us? When they asked Him this a few verses earlier, He replied, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:29) There’s nothing you can add to your faith in what the Lord has done. No good works of yours will either earn or hold your place in the rapture. It’s based totally on what you believe and not on how you behave.

    Paul had a lot to say about this, and some of it has been misinterpreted too.

    But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. (Romans 3:21-22)

    Our righteousness is imputed to us by faith because of our belief that when Jesus went to the cross He took all the sins of our life and paid the full penalty for them there (Colossians 2:13-14). If all the penalty for all your sins has already been paid, what more can you do?

  3. Bikelite says:

    All born again believers will go in the rapture, when Christ takes His Bride, all of her goes, he doesn’t leave an arm and the legs behind. There are quite a few false teachers out there today saying some “believers” will be left behind to be purified, because they were not watching for the rapture, etc. That is Biblically unsound, as the rapture is a promise to His Church, not a reward that is earned.

    • bornagainbytheblood says:

      That is the common teaching in the churches nowadays, but it’s ordained of men, not God.

      • lookinforacity says:

        With two differing opinions on this issue.
        Rather than starting at the end, attempting to figure out who will or who will not, make it in the rapture of the Church, go back to the beginning and define for everyone what is required for a person to become saved, and born again. Then we will all know if anyone fits the criteria outlined, they will be going when the church is raptured.
        Using scripture would be greatly appreciated.

        Be Blessed
        JIM

  4. bornagainbytheblood says:

    In order to make the rapture, it takes more than a born again experience. We must seek out the Upper Room and be baptized from power on high, for it will take the power of the Holy Ghost working within an individual to be translated in a twinkling of an eye.

    Do you remember all those miracles that Jesus performed? Do you remember all the miracles in the Book of Acts? They all came through the power of the Holy Ghost, and it will take a miracle to translate a soul on rapture day too.

    Therefore, since most don’t believe that, they will be spewed out of Jesus’ mouth into the tribulation period. If they endure the terror of that hour (7 years), they can still be saved.

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