Do We All Have To Be Walking With The Lord?

Q. Did I understand you to say the Lord must call all who are born again but have strayed away back to faith before the rapture? If so then we are in for a very long wait. And I’m afraid that means the rapture won’t be anytime soon. And neither will the 1948 generation live to see the second coming, as they will be long dead by the time all who have strayed are called back to faith. In fact I think I’ve read the opposite on your site, that born again believers are turning to the world and false prophets at an alarming rate during the last days. Did I misunderstand you?

A. I said He promised not to lose any of those who have been given to Him (John 6:37-40). When the time comes He’ll take us all at once no matter what our condition or circumstance, and in the moment we hear His voice we’ll remember whose we are.

John 10:27-28 says;

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.

Remember, we’ve all been marked with the Lord’s seal of ownership (2 Cor. 1:21-22), all our sins have been forgiven in advance (Colossians 2:13-14), and our inheritance was guaranteed from the moment we believed (Ephes. 1:14-14). When He calls us we’ll come. Some are going to be very embarrassed to find themselves suddenly standing before the Lord, and they won’t earn a single crown, but they’ll be saved none-the-less (1 Cor. 3:14-15).

I’ve said that 90% of born again believers are living lives indistinguishable from their unbelieving neighbors. But that has nothing to do with the rapture, because it’s based on our belief not our behavior. And I’ve said that Christians-in-name-only are departing the true church, but they were never saved in the first place.

The idea that we all have to be walking with the Lord before we can go in the rapture goes well beyond what the Scripture says.

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