April 5, 2015
Let us ever seek grace to live by the rule of the gospel we preach, honoring God in all things; but do not imagine that you can preach the gospel by the way you live. — You can only preach the gospel by declaring it.
March 29, 2015
The world did not see Christ in Christ and did not see holiness in the Holy One, but crucified him as a vile and wicked man. Don’t ever imagine that the world will see Christ or holiness in you.
March 22, 2015
Don’t ever attempt to show the world that you are a Christian, or that you are righteous, or that you are godly, or even that you are different from others. Lost people cannot see godliness.
March 15, 2015
The works by which Abraham and Rahab showed their faith (James 2:21-25) were works seen by no one except God. Even so, the works by which we show our faith are works seen by God alone. Others may benefit from them, but God alone sees them, and sees them as works of faith.
March 8, 2015
Show your faith by your works, as God the Holy Ghost teaches us to do (James 2:18); but don’t ever attempt show your faith to men. They can’t see it.
March 1, 2015
Let us seek grace to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present evil world, to live as sinners saved by the grace of God, to live for God and to the glory of God; but let us never attempt to show the world that we are Christians. The show of religion our Savior expressly forbids (Matthew 6:5-18).
February 22, 2015
God declares things to be what they are manifestly made to be before he makes them to be what he makes them to be (Romans 4:17).
February 8, 2015
God enriches his saints by poverty, strengthens them by weakness, makes them healthy by sickness, and lifts them up by abasing them.
February 1, 2015
The beginning and end of the faithful pastor’s work is to know Christ and to make him known. To that great work God’s servant must give himself entirely, and delights to do so.
Yes, so “clearly instilled” it was never included in any Christian theology book or heard in any organized church before 1830. Google “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty.” Karen
1830 was not the year which first provided reference to a pre-tribulation rapture.
References to a pre-tribulation rapture have been made in almost every century since the earliest known extra-Biblical reference to it by the fourth century church father Ephraem the Syrian. He stated: “For all the saints and Elect of God are gathered, prior to the tribulation that is to come, and are taken to the Lord lest they see the confusion that is to overwhelm the world because of our sins.”
Even though this interpretation has been debated in certain circles since that time, it is certainly indicative of the fact that a pre-tribulation rapture has been a theoretical and doctrinal discussion since around the fourth century, if not earlier.
Other certified references in the church which pre-date 1830 were, among others, those made by Morgan Edwards (1788), Emmanuel Lacunza (approx. 1770), John Nelson Darby (1827), Matthew Henry (1825).
Proponents of a preliminary rapture believe the doctrine of amillennialism originated with Alexandrian scholars such as Clement and Origen and later became Catholic dogma through Augustine. Thus, the church until then held to premillennial views, which see an impending apocalypse from which the church will be rescued after being raptured by the Lord. This is even extrapolated by some to mean that the early church espoused pre-tribulationism.
It is common misconception that the idea of a “Pre-Tribulation” rapture is attributed to a 15-year old Scottish-Irish girl named Margaret McDonald (a follower of Edward Irving), who in 1830 had a vision of the end times which describes a post-tribulation view of the Rapture that was first published in 1840. It was re-published again in 1861, but with certain omissions, which led to the confusion over the original.
Nevertheless, rather than attempting to make predictions as to the timing of the rapture, we should give heed to the words of Jesus in Matthew 24:36: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only”.
The few claiming that pretrib rapturism can be found before 1830 are exposed in the “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty” article listed by Karen (above). The same few have a ve$ted intere$t in trying to find pretrib teaching before 1830, even though the late Dr. John Walvoord of Dallas Seminary, who was long viewed as the No. 1 pretrib authority, was unable to find anyone teaching such a concept before 1830 and in his books, such as “The Rapture Question,” he referred to John Darby (who wrote that he came to “understand” that concept only in 1830) as one of the “early pretribulationists.” It isn’t too late for the Christian public to begin vetting their favorite Bible prophecy teachers – and Googling “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty,” “Wily Jeffrey,” “Thomas Ice (Bloopers),” and “Pretrib Rapture Secrets” would be an excellent start!