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Saturday, 16 September 2017


      Pastor Erwin Lutzer at the famous Moody Church in Chicago is an outstanding preacher. But he can be moody at times - rapture moody.
     Take July 29, 2012 for example. His "Moody Church Hour" sermon that day on "Philadelphia" (one of Revelation's seven churches) included the following:
     "It is His coming, the rapture, that would keep the church from the hour of trial [a.k.a. the great tribulation] that is coming upon the whole earth. And isn't it interesting? He does not say 'I will keep you through the hour of trial but rather I will keep you out of - that's what the text [Rev. 3:10] says - I will keep you out of the hour of trial that is coming upon the whole earth.
     "There is of course a disagreement as to whether or not we will go through the tribulation, or whether or not we will be raptured ahead of time, and we don't know all the details until it happens. But wouldn't it be wonderful if when we are going up in the sky we could look at all of those posttribbers and say with a smile 'I told you it was so'? Wouldn't that be wonderful to be able to do that?"
     The congregation immediately applauded.
     Note that Lutzer twice used the word "wonderful" when asking his audience how wonderful it would be to use spiteful pride against the only "rapture" view found in all theology books and organized churches before the year 1830: the posttribulation view!
     On the "Moody Church Hour" web site the same day (July 29) Lutzer wrote that "great benefit was derived from John Stott's book WHAT CHRIST THINKS OF THE CHURCH when these messages [on Revelation's seven churches] were prepared."
     Incredibly, the Stott that Lutzer leaned on disagrees completely with Lutzer. The same Stott book, p. 104, says this: "He would not spare them from the suffering [Rev. 3:10]; but He would uphold them in it."
     It would be wonderful if Erwin Lutzer would visit Google and type in "Famous Rapture Watchers" and "Famous Rapture Watchers (Addendum)." Not only would he spot the very same Stott quote, but in the same summaries he would also discover that all of the greatest Greek New Testament scholars of all time have uniformly viewed Rev. 3:10 (the most important "proof text" for pretribbers) as teaching "preservation through" and not "escaping beforehand"! ("Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty" is another informative Google article.)
     One wonders what will have to happen to change the Moody pastor's mood.


Irving S. said...

You might say that I am dumbfounded, flabbergasted, amazed, astounded, blown away, freaked out, turned inside out, and gobsmacked after reading about the Erwin Lutzer who is heard practically everywhere here in the States. I might say that I am even speechless - and this is my mood as you can tell!

colin said...

Yes, I am sure the condition known as "RAPTURITIS", (anyone remember who coined it first?) can be applied to Mr Lutzer!

As a post-trib believer, I can certainly assure him that he WON'T be saying "I told you it was so"! for this pre-trib doctrine is NOT taught in the Scripture of Truth on any of its sacred pages, unless of-course you insert it in there (eisegesis). Pre-trip teaching (spelling error intended!!) will cause many to stumble in these last days, and I believe those that have taught it since its inception will certainly be held accountable for spreading it, as its wicked tentacles have poisoned many areas of Bible theology; is it a light thing to teach error?

It is almost becoming tedious to keep repeating oneself-but do it we must!

God bless.

Irving S. said...

God bless you, Colin, and God bless you also, Treena, for daring to air what your readers need to read these anything-but-boring days!

Treena Gisborn said...

Thank you Irv
Dave MacPherson has done some marvellous research. I am honoured to publish it. God bless.

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