24 Blind guides! -- straining out a gnat, meanwhile swallowing
a camel! 25 "Woe to you hypocritical Torah-teachers and P'rushim! You clean the outside of the cup and the dish,
but inside they are full of robbery and self indulgence. 26 Blind Parush! First clean the inside of the cup, so
that the outside may be clean too. 27 "Woe to you hypocritical Torah-teachers and P'rushim! You are like whitewashed
tombs, which look fine on the outside but inside are full of dead people's bones and all kinds of rottenness. (The Complete
Today it might go like this, You blind guides, that
strain out the mosquito, and swallow the horse! Woe unto you Pre and Posttribbers, hypocrites, for you clean the outside of
the cup by arguing the timing of the rapture, but forget to get ready for the rapture.
Thou blind eschatologists, make sure everyone is a Christian, believe
the essentials and are ready before you talk about less important matters.
It is important to know what the essentials of the faith are.
Too many people are putting way too much time into the non essentials
while people are perishing.
Often the ones that major on the minors cannot defend the essentials.
"Throughout the centuries there have been numerous divisions/denominations
caused by 'majoring on the minors'. We need to be careful as believers to "rightly divide" the Word of God so as not to cause
division over "non-essential" doctrine. As St. Augustine so eloquently put it, 'In essentials, unity! In non-essentials, liberty!
In all things charity!"
It is in the essentials that we should be strong to defend.
One of my pastors used to talk about those that majored on the minors.
While the world is going to hell, Christians are having slanderous
and public discussions about, wine or grape juice; KJV or NIV; pre, mid, partial or post, Now all of these discussions are
things that we should try to understand, but they are not the things that one should stake their life on, making it a life
or death issue, while people are perishing.
What is even more troubling is when those that claim to be Christians
are willing to side with Preterists that don't even believe that Jesus is coming again, against those that disagree with
them on the timing of the rapture.
"Concerning the rapture of believers, we’ve made no secret
of the fact that we find the most biblical support for a pre-tribulation rapture. Others believe in a mid-tribulation
(pre-wrath) rapture, and others a post-tribulation rapture. The timing of the rapture is not a doctrine on which a person’s
salvation hangs. As long as we follow Jesus’ admonitions to be prepared for the last days and guarded against
the deception of Antichrist, then it’s not terribly important which rapture view you find most convincing. Our
feelings are that we should all be prepared to be taken to heaven without notice, yet be strong enough to endure tribulation
without letting our faith falter."
Notice, it says, 'as long as we follow's Jesus' admonitions to be
prepared for the last days and guarded against the deception of the Antichrist, then it is not terribly important which rapture
view you find most convincing. ..we should all be prepared to be taken to heaven without notice, yet be strong enough to endure
tribulation without letting our faith falter.'
It is the preterist not the pre, mid or post tribber that denies
the statement above.
Some have interpreted my refusal to make it my life mission to embrace
the shadow and major on the minors as not having valid arguments for what I believe concerning the timing of the rapture.
This is not the case. In fact it is my desire to let others know
how to be saved and that there is more to come, rather than getting the condemnation from the Lord for majoring on the minors
and being divisive. (Romans 16:15,16)
One that cannot effectively argue against Dispensationalism and in
fact believes in dispensations himself (Romans 11:25-27) cannot then single out the pretrib rapture position which is
only a result of the dispensational position.
If a Preterist, JW or Mormon backs me up on what I say then
I will seriously evaluate what I have been saying.
The Following is a pretty good article by a website that I consider
one of the best.
I am the first to discuss and debate cultists and to disagree with
However, it is important to make a distinction between the important
things and the non essentials.