Q. When recently listening to a popular prophecy preacher he stated that only those ready would be raptured. He further stated that if a Christian is behind in their tithe that they should borrow the money to get caught up because with the things he had heard at the recent prophecy conference in Dallas he and other prophecy preachers believed Christians that are “ready” would not see 2010. He and others I have heard state that only the overcomers will be raptured. How can we be saved by grace and nothing else but work to keep our salvation? Your thoughts on this would be helpful.
A. First of all let me assure you that this person’s opinion doesn’t represent the official position of the “recent Prophecy Conference” in Dallas. Second, the idea of borrowing money to pay your tithe runs contrary to Biblical teaching. Proverbs 22:7 says the borrower is servant to the lender, and we’re to be servants of no one but God. Paul told us to let no debt remain outstanding (Romans 13:8) You’re better off owing the money to God than to man. Third, while the Rapture could happen in 2009 (or even today) no one can predict when it will happen with any certainty. And fourth, There’s not a single verse in Scripture to support the so-called partial rapture theory because as you say, we’re saved by grace not by works. Speaking of the Rapture in 1 Cor. 15:51 Paul said we will all be changed in the twinkling of an eye. Not some, but all.