"sensationalistic game of pin-the-tail-on-the-Antichrist" I like that!! Not sure if I agree, but it doesn't really matter if I agree or not. Regardless of your view, we Christians tend to play the "pin the tail" game to suit our agenda instead of the agenda we are supposed to be following. Keep up the posts Jason. You provide food for thought.
Very interesting article. I have read something like this before where Nero was the antichrist, identified by the numer 666. BTW, what is a pretribber??Carol Herdien
After reading your blog on Methodist eschatology I came upon the word "pretrib" so now I understand what it means. Carol
hi carol,good to hear from you!
anon,i agree we can get a little carried away sometimes. keep in mind that i'm just examining the different views, trying to make sense of all the different voices out there.one of the things that got me interested in examining the different eschatological positions was that teachers that I really respect and like have committed positions. i found out that people like chuck swindoll and charles stanley, both of whom i've never heard talk about the pre-trib position, are committed pre-tribbers. because of the helpful life application teaching, i have been greatly ministered to. since i trusted them, i felt inclined to examine their eschatology.but, important of course, is the fact that they don't make it the main thrust of the ministry by any means, or a cause for division.thanks for the encouragement.
You are learning. It has been good to see the growth you have gone through over the last several years. Not that it matters, but I tend to follow the pre-trib viewpoint. I am very turned off by the different opinions expressed by those around me who feel (very loudly) thier view is the correct one, or that their church is the only "true" church, and that if you don't belong to thier camp you are bound straight for hell. We can agree on the basic points but then be full of the devil because my end times view doesn't match or because I don't shun gays or democrats? Not the message we are supposed to be spreading. Keep providing us points to ponder. Healthy discussion is good for us!!
I'm glad for your feedback, anon.But I'm surprised that you say, "Not that it matters, but I tend to follow the pre-trib viewpoint." It says in 2 Timothy 2:15, that we're to "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who need not be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth."I can tell that you've had some bad experiences with people "wwho feel (very loudly) thier view is the correct one, or that their church is the only "true" church, and that if you don't belong to thier camp you are bound straight for hell." Just because some people are unChristian in their theological conversation, we still need to converse. BTW, have you really known me for several years?
It doesn't matter from the point of view that it is not of primary importance. If I believe in pre-trib or not means very little if I don't believe that Christ died for my sins. I tend to try and take a big picture view of things, and it has not really hit me that one view or the other is of great importance. I have noticed in my spiritual growth that what a passage says to me in one season of my life may mean something else when I am in a different season. The Word is living and speaks to us as we need it. I am not ashamed of whom I belong. BTW, yes.
"It doesn't matter from the point of view that it is not of primary importance. If I believe in pre-trib or not means very little if I don't believe that Christ died for my sins."good point!
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