10 Things To Consider Before Watching The Latest Left Behind Film

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For those of you thinking about seeing the new Left Behind film, here are 10 things to keep in mind before you do.

1.) Revelation is a book of worship, not a book about “The Rapture”.
2.) “The Rapture” is not a concept found anywhere in scripture. It just isn’t there and you have to be very creative to put it there.
3.) “The Rapture” is based on misreading a few different New Testament passages, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Matthew 24:40-41, Revelation 20:4-6.
4.) The people who wrote the scriptures above would not have any concept of “The Rapture”. It never entered their thought process and would have been an absurd, foreign concept to them.
5.) The doctrine of the Rapture is not mentioned in any Christian writings until after the year 1830 C.E.
6.) According to the scriptures above, you actually WANT to be left behind. Those who are taken are in some deep trouble.
7.) Left Behind Theology completely flies in the face of everything we know that Jesus teaches us about the Kingdom of God. Followers of Jesus don’t escape from a world in peril, Christians are the light of Christ in the darkness of a world in peril, shining out the promise of hope and healing, bearing the image of Christ in a desperate world.

8.) The good news of the Gospel is the love of Christ, not the wrath of God.
9.) There is never a time, past, present, or future, when God will not be reigning. The Nicene Creed was written in part to combat any other belief about God’s reign.
10.) Nicolas Cage is in the movie.

For some more Theologically sound views on the Book of Revelation, I would suggest these fine books:
Unraveling the Revelation by Dr. Randy Lee James http://smile.amazon.com/Unraveling-Revelation-Randy-L-James-ebook/dp/B003TU28JY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412397790&sr=8-1&keywords=unraveling+the+revelation

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Rick Lee James

Rick Lee James worship leader, a singer and songwriter, preacher, author, and Podcast host with over 15 years of experience in ministry. As host of the Voices In My Head Podcast Rick has worked with Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Paul Baloche, All Sons and Daughters, Michael Card, Brian Zahnd, Tripp York, Brett Mccracken, Ian Morgan Cron, Michael Card, Walter Brueggemann and many more. In 2013 Rick released his first Live album of original songs called, Basement Psalms Live. In 2014 Rick released a book to accompany the album called, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through the Psalms. The book has since been used as a textbook by National Praise and Worship Institute’s Psalms survey course at Trevecca Nazarene University. Rick also was a contributing writer for the book, Renovating Holiness, edited by Jay Thomas Jay Oord and Joshua Broward. Rick has also been a contributing writer for Worship Leader Magazine and has had a number of songs published by Lifeway Worship. Rick’s new album, ‘Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations’ will release on March 17th, 2016 (St. Patrick’s Day). All songs on the record are being published through Lifeway Worship and are written, co-written, or arranged by Rick.