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Why Christians shouldn’t wait for the Rapture before making changes

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Most western Christians today believe in the rapture of the church as a precedent to the return of Yeshua Hamashiach, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The concept is broken down into several theoretical variations, but the three most common rapture doctrines are the pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, and post-tribulation theories.

Of those three, the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine is the one that is most commonly taught in western churches today. This video won’t be an argument against this view nor do I want it to turn into a debate in the comments about which view is correct. Instead, I want to focus on a trend that has been building for some time among Bible-believing Christians that must be stopped immediately.

Thanks to a combination of bad teaching and fictional representations of the rapture, most notably the extremely popular Left Behind series of books and movies, there are many people who believe they will be given a second chance to repent of their sins, turn their lives around, and make a mad dash to Heaven. It truly worries me when I hear about people who intend to make the necessary changes to their lives when they see the rapture happen based on the concept that after the rapture, the world will be turned upside down but people will have an opportunity to fight the good fight before they die.

There are three reasons why this is a horrible idea. The first reason doesn’t require you to question the validity of the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine at all. What if you don’t make it to the rapture? What if you’re hit by a car tomorrow and you haven’t repented, haven’t given yourself over to the Lord, and haven’t truly believed that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior? The old pamphlets they used to give out at grocery stores often started with the question, “If you died today, do you know whether you’ll go to Heaven or hell?” I may not have agreed with the arguments made in some of these pamphlets, but the intention was good and the question is a valid one.

The second reason actually is a challenge to the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine. If, as a growing number of people are starting to realize, the Bible clearly points to either a pre-wrath or post-tribulation rapture as more viable scenarios to the pre-tribulation rapture, then what happens to those who are pre-trib who start seeing the tribulation happening and nobody at that point has been raptured? This is one of the biggest reasons the teaching is so dangerous. Those who are expecting to not go through the hardships the Bible tells us will occur in the future will be forced to question what they’ve been taught about the rapture over the years. This could lead many to start to question everything they’ve been taught. I strongly recommend researching the concepts thoroughly. Don’t believe me. Don’t believe your pastor. Do the research for yourself and come to your own conclusions. It’s fairly safe to say that those who could have their faith shaken by terrible upcoming events can be made more firm in their beliefs by learning for themselves. That’s not to say you should abandon your church, but please do not assume the teachings at most American seminaries are unquestionably true. Some of it is very much not true. Don’t get me started on the accepted interpretations of Genesis 6 which are almost all incorrect.

The last reason is very straight-forward regardless of your belief in the rapture. You have very little to lose by putting on the full Armor of God today and living your life as instructed in the Bible. Sure, you might skip a few shows on Netflix, but putting in the time and effort into reading your Bible, praying, and learning more about the Word of God will be much more fulfilling in the eternity than watching the last season of House of Cards.

It is a huge risk to believe that you’ll have the opportunity in the future to follow the straight path through the narrow gate. Make the change today. The last thing you want to do is live an eternity gnashing your teeth over an irresponsible decision.

I’m JD Rucker. Thank you for listening.

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What Steven Crowder’s latest pro-life Change My Mind reveals

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What Steven Crowders latest pro-life Change My Mind reveals

Steven Crowder in his most recent edition of “Change My Mind” experienced more aggressive pro-abortion arguments than he had in the previous installments. The episode featured people arguing that moral personhood began at birth or even “experience.” Often times, Change My Mind demonstrates that under scrutiny, arguments have flaws. Such is the method that got Socrates killed. With all of these discussions, the failure to prove the lack of humanity for a fetus proved unconvincing and logically undefended by its proponents. But I want to address the intrinsic instinct, the universal morality, that could not stay buried under layers of denial. These pro-abortion advocates, deep down, know they are wrong.

In all four conversations, late term abortion was supported. However the caveat of threat to the mother was brought up, despite the rarity of such occurrence. Steven Crowder called them out, citing the fact that they said they would support third trimester abortion even if it were not a threat to the mother by their own previous admission. The proponents then hesitantly agreed. So Crowder then asked “why bring it up?” That is the question. Why would abortion advocates rely on such extreme examples?

I believe that deep down, those who have not finished their leftist training have not intrinsically forsaken the convicting power of conscious, because of what I observed in this video. The latter two proponents came off as not even believing what they were saying. The first was a hardcore stoner. The second was a perhaps shy of being a feminist. The stoner gentleman said “breath” was the transfer of moral personhood and if a baby came out and had yet to breath, it would not yet be human, therefore justified in killing it. The last one suggested the ultra vague notion of “experience” rendered moral personhood. Yet she agreed that the experiences of the unborn were valid human experiences and then whimsically concluded that it was still okay to kill them.

She, in particular, sounded really unconvinced in her own stance. I thought she was going to make a utilitarian argument that would have led to an interesting discussion about quantifying human suffering. This would have been a better argument than “experience” which is even less defensible than sentience. The gentleman in the beginning argued that a fetus was a parasite but then insisted it was not autonomous. Biologically speaking a parasite is autonomous from its host.

These two claims are mutually exclusive. Three of these students presented arguments that I was unconvinced they themselves even believed. I am shocked that this was my takeaway, for on every other Change My Mind, even the other three installments on abortion, I believed that the guests genuinely believed their own arguments.

If a fetus is not human, there would be no need to rely on extreme examples to defend abortion. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that abortion is an affront to natural law, as science increasingly supports the notion of human life at creation. The Founding Fathers so cleverly wrote that our rights were self evident. The affront to these self evident rights will naturally be difficult to defend logically. This is why the abortion advocates had such poor arguments with premises that could not withstand charitable scrutiny. In this case, the pro-abortion advocates all believed a conclusion of abortion permissibility, without internally accepting the premises necessary to support the conclusion and the implications they would ensue from said premises.

There is a difference between a person being reputably evil and plainly gullible. That difference would be seen as someone who simply accept that a fetus is not human and simply doesn’t care. These college students weren’t there yet. Nor is the rest of the country as a whole. So there is reason for hope.

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Intellectual discourse versus Biblical snippets to spread the Gospel

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Intellectual discourse versus Biblical snippets to spread the Gospel

In a world with a shortening attention span, is it better to drop “Bible bombs” on people in the short time they give us? With a topic as complex as a Biblical worldview, is it better to deliver long-form dissertations and engage in extended debate?

The answer to both questions is, “Yes.”

Those of us who are trying to spread the Gospel and bring more people to the light are tasked with a difficult challenge to overcome. Much of the world is shifting towards a secular worldview and abandoning the truth of the Bible. Even though people abroad are coming into the faith in astounding numbers, people in western culture are often pulling away.

We are faced with the two big challenges: time and effort. Sometimes, people simply won’t allow enough time to learn about the Bible, our Creator, our Savior, or any of the other portions of faith that are required to penetrate the evil haze that is sweeping across western culture. On the other hand, there is a need to be prepared for those instances when someone is open to discussion, when they have questions and are willing to look deeper to find the answers.

The former often requires us to be ready with a Biblical “elevator pitch” in order to establish the latter. This is one of the reasons why we’re so focused on social media. It’s a venue that we believe can bring people into the state of mind of asking questions. While it’s likely not possible for a Tweet to make people change their worldview, we see it as a prompt to act on the nagging feelings that have been hitting them but that they’ve never pursued in the past.

Once you have people asking questions, it’s important to have the right answers readily available. If they come to you for guidance and you’re not ready to deliver it, you can actually do more harm than good. It’s a fear that has enveloped us at times. It has driven us to a state of constant study; not a day goes by when we’re not doing something to expand our understanding and sharpen our abilities to deliver the right message at the right time.

Prayer is the most important thing you can do. It’s even more important than studying. If you can tap into the message through prayer and Bible study, the Lord will provide you with the words you need when the time to deliver them comes.

One does not have to go to seminary to be able to answer questions when they are asked. Between the internet and, of course, the Bible, the answers will present themselves if you’re are simply willing to look.

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Lila Rose reveals the heinous statistics about Down Syndrome abortions

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Lila Rose reveals the heinous statistics about Down Syndrome abortions

Yesterday was World Down Syndrome Day, and while many celebrated the wonderful successes and challenges overcome by those with Down Syndrome as well as their families, many in the pro-life movement highlighted a disturbing trend. With our ability to identify Down Syndrome from the womb, aborting babies with the condition has become so commonplace, the Down Syndrome population is non-existent in some countries.

Live Action founder Lila Rose took to Twitter to share some of these depressing statistics, including the horrible increased frequency in which it now happens in the United States. Anyone who knows someone with Down Syndrome must acknowledge their value and the fact that their lives should not be snuffed out because the scientific community says it’s a good thing.

Every life is a gift. Every single one of them. The “humane” murder of preborn babies because of their condition is one of the most mystifying stances of the “progressive” left.

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