”If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,… but have not love, I am nothing. ” –1 Corinthians 13:2 (NIV)
This is how it works with some of our Pre-tribulation rapture (PTR) brothers: The preacher warned that Jesus could come at any moment. If they were not saved by trusting Christ they would be left behind when Jesus came for his Church. So they raised their right hand and went forward. Now they’re ready; therefore, come Lord Jesus!
But wait a minute! What if Jesus had come while the PTR brother remained lost in sin? What if he never had the chance to be saved like the billion plus in the world who have yet to hear the name of Jesus?
Of course, living in America implies many opportunities to listen to the Good News or open a Bible. Ever wonder why a culture with such a rich Christian heritage is fertile ground for an “I got mine; too bad about you” view on the last days? Where’s the love for those remaining in spiritual darkness among the nations?
Wake up, my PTR brothers! Your end-times’ doctrine does not pass Biblical muster! How can Jesus’ return be imminent while an estimated one-sixth of the earth’s population has been left in ignorance through no fault of their own? Bear in mind, Jesus promised, “…but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:13-14 NIV)
How does your PTR commentator or expert explain away the plain meaning of Jesus’ prophecy above? Where’s the love in just knowing Christ, if we are given the Holy Spirit to make Him known to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8)? Where’s the love for Jesus to endure suffering or our compassion for the oppressed? If there is no love, we really have nothing.
(For a thoroughly Biblical and rational treatment of this subject, we offer Lifesaver: Rescuing God’s People from the PTR Ship.)