Fifteen Questions: An Oldie Re-Surfaces

In my very first post on this blog, three years ago, I addressed what used to be a hot topic in the Church–or at least used to be when I was a young Christian back in the 70’d and 80’s. The Rapture.

To be more specific, the rapture (catching away) of the Church from the earth, by Jesus, seven years before a cataclysmic Tribulation period that would unleash Hell on earth: the pre-trib. rapture, for shorthand.

I must confess that, as a new christian being discipled in conservative churches of the day, and hearing teachers & preachers on TV and radio, I was a staunch believer in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture teaching for several years. Until I was challenged to read a certain book…. But that’s all addressed in my first CSL On The Bible post.


These two blogs that I write don’t represent my first venture into flinging my thoughts and ideas at the world’s wall to see what sticks. For seven years, I had a website entitled The Pelajian Challenge**, which I used to write about Christian topics, and one of the things I wrote about was the fallacy of the Pre-Trib. Rapture teaching.

And one of the things I created was a small pamphlet entitled “15 Questions For The Pre-Trib. Rapture Believer.” Well, I’ve recently used the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine to look at some of the articles I wrote, and decided to resurrect that pamphlet. I’ve created it as a .pdf file, and you can read/download the file here: Fifteen Questions.

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**About 30 years ago, I realized that I have more in common with Augustine’s chief bugaboo, Pelagius, than Augustine. As an in-joke, when I started getting active online, I chose to spell his name phonetically, Pelajus, to see how many ministers in my denomination were acquainted with the heretic. Sadly, not one asked me about it. *sigh*.

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Is It Safe To Come Out?

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I’m curious. Do the David Jeremiahs and Thomas Ices of the world feel like they are fighting a losing battle, or do they feel like they are still the majority view?

I’m speaking, of course, of the broken cistern that is Dispensationalism. I well remember the consternation I felt when, in the late ’70s, I was first confronted with the idea that maybe, just maybe, Christ would not be returning to Earth before the Tribulation. After all, I had been assured by Salem Kirban, Hal Lindsey, Jack Van Impe and many, many others that the Bible taught clearly and unequivocally that Jesus would return for the Church before the Tribulation, to take His Bride to be with Him in Heaven for seven years, before the actual Second Coming after the Tribulation. Continue reading