Q. I completely agree with your scriptural view that there will be no true believers left behind when the bride is called home (rapture). However, there is a large elephant in the room many people seem determined to ignore. Will myriads of ‘church members’ not be taken in the rapture because they never Biblically came to Christ? Many pastors in the emergent/seeker friendly movement oppose any literal Bible teaching that might offend their membership. So my question is what happens to all of these people who believe church affiliation equates to New Testament salvation? What are your thoughts?
A. My thoughts are not important. But what Jesus taught is very important. He made it crystal clear in saying, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born again” (John 3:3). Therefore only born again believers are actually part of the Church and qualified to go in the rapture. To be born again is to believe that we’re sinners unable to save our selves, that Jesus came to earth to die in our place in payment for our sins, and that He rose again to show that His death was sufficient (1 Cor. 15:1-4).
Those people who have been taught to believe that membership in a denomination or local congregation meets the Biblical requirement for salvation and have not taken it upon themselves to be born again are not part of the Church and will be left behind when the rapture comes.