To those of you who read my posts, I’m going to do something that we probably find offensive and difficult to do. I’m about to be critical of another blogger who I believe is a Christian, and who I believe is sincere in his own way, but who obviously is either very insecure and incapable of defending his position with scripture or else he himself is a deceiver, deceived and being deceived. Frankly I don’t know which but the Lord does. His post and comments are here: I’d really like your thoughts on this.
by Terry James
When that funny, irritating noise coming from your TV set goes off, what is your reaction? I’m talking about that grating…
you can read the balance of the article on his site. The point of his article was to make it clear that many Christians have erroneous beliefs concerning prophecy, and are ignoring the signs of Jesus return. But it’s to the comments section of this post that I want to draw your attention. I’m posting the before and after comments for context before the comments that I really want to discuss. I do this so that you can verify this on his site, because I think you will find it interesting.
•kat on January 22, 2018 at 12:18 am
Amen ! I pray every day for some of my dear family that are lost , as well as others. All the signs are here and yes, Jesus could come at any moment. The clock is ticking….. I can’t wait to see my Lord and Savior. Thanks Brother Terry. God bless you and God bless Hope for sharing this.
•NOW PLEASE NOTE That MY COMMENT below IS AWAITING MODERATIONandthentheendshallcome JERRY PARKS on January 22, 2018 at 7:54 am
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Terry, I once read a Tim LaHaye book where he stated that these different beliefs on the Second Coming are not cardinal doctrine to ones salvation. So my question is — that being the case will not even the misinformed believer in Christ be Raptured? Even those who don’t believe in the Rapture? Even those who don’t teach the truth? Even those who twist the scriptures? Even those who teach that Israel has been replaced by the Church? Of course they must be in Christ in order for this to be as Tim implied it. But I just wondered what your thinking was on this?
Reply•WOW — HE DID ANSWER ME
If these, who have either through misinterpretation of scripture or in some other way done what you mention here, know Christ for Salvation, they are in God’s Family. They are Saved forever. They will, each and every one, go to be with their Savior in the Rapture when Christ Calls the Church to Himself.
Reply•SO I THOUGHT I’d TRY ANOTHER POST. NOTICE IT ALSO WAS AWAITING MODERATION
•andthentheendshallcome JERRY PARKS on January 22, 2018 at 1:27 pm
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Terry, your thoughts seem to agree with Tim. I would also like your thoughts then on two passages that taken together concern me when I consider this Subject. I have listed them here, perhaps you can comment on them:
Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
•2 Peter 3:13-16 KJV. And then there is:
Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
•James 5:19-20 KJV
•THIS POST WAS REMOVED FROM THE SITE WITHOUT AN ANSWER. IT DID NOT MAKE IT THROUGH MODERATION. Does anyone think that they may know why?
THE FOLLOWING POST I COPIED SO THAT IF ANYONE WANTS TO GO TO HIS SITE TO CONFIRM THIS, THEY CAN SEE WHERE THIS ALL FITS IN. Below this comment are my thoughts on why Terry deleted this question and these scriptures.
•Bruce on January 22, 2018 at 9:31 am
Thanks for this article Terry James, the time is truly at HAND, I do my best not to get caught up in the Deceptive News and other deceptive motives that are plaqueing this Temporary world that we live in, it’s sad because so many people are not TAKING HEED to the SIGNS of these End Time Events that are increasing Daily..
•I do my best to encouge others to SEEK the LORD Now while he may be FOUND.
borhter in christ
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS ON WHY MY LAST POST WHICH WAS MOSTLY SCRIPTURE WAS DELETED? Is there something to learn here?
•After you consider all this perhaps you may want to comment on my thoughts that I’m now going to expound on. If you read the two passages of scripture that Terry deleted along with my question you will see that Peter is speaking of last days or prophetic events. And interestingly he brings Paul’s teachings on these end time events into his discussion. And he says that there are people who are unstable and unlearned who twist or wrest these Scriptures just like they do other Scripture. And they do this to there own destruction.
This prophecy stuff must be important to God if a man’s destruction from God is at stake?
No one today teaches that men who don’t properly understand prophecy are twisting it to their own destruction. And what does that mean? This is why I included the second verse in James. It too speaks of similar things.
James is talking to brethren listen: “Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth,”. He tells us that erring from the truth has consequences. What are they?
If those who err don’t convert from their error, apparently their soul will die. Read it. So what we believe and teach is very important to God. Even what we believe about prophecy. We certainly should not teach something that we do not yet fully understand. Yet the first answer by Terry, to my first question above, is completely contradicted by these two bible verses — are they truth?
listen to what John was told in the Revelation:
And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Revelation 19:10 KJV
And again in Revelation we read:
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Revelation 22:19 KJV. Prophecy is truth. Jesus is it’s Spirit. It is important.
You see if Terry would have posted my second question and attempted an answer — it would have been understood by his readers that he opposes the Scripture concerning this issue. The normal answer to James’ admonition is that physical not spiritual death is what this verse speaks about. This being the case then would not those who misinterpret this verse all be dead before their time? Now consider that both Terry James and I are around the same age in our mid 70’s. If physical death were the meaning here would not one of us be dead, and that before the age of 70?
So is Terry being honest when handling the word of God or is he deceiving himself and others? You be the judge and please post your comments below. By their fruit you shall know them. My attempt when engaging a brother like Terry is for the purpose of making him, and especially his readers think and hopefully turning someone back to the truth of Scripture. His purpose is obviously not the same when dealing with me if he thinks that I’m in error. But again you be the judge, ultimately God will be the judge. Thanks for any and all input.