Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

No One Left Behind

4/1/05

 

            Today millions have been exposed to the popular so-called “Left Behind” series. You may be one of the many that has heard about it, read about it, or saw it on T.V. or even at the movies. This series is an attempt to portray the end of the world, the resurrection of faithful and the leaving behind of the lost. It’s purpose is to make people aware of the soon to come end of time and judgment of God on mankind. This would bring about a catastrophic conclusion to “the greatest story ever told” and an end of the gospel  (good news) of Jesus Christ. With reasoning like this, I believe that this series is in direct opposition to the will of God. I will use the scriptures from the Bible to prove my point.

            With some exceptions, I for many years preached the same gloom and doom story that I believed at that time to be the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I believed with all my heart that only a few would be saved and the rest of mankind would be lost in an eternity of everlasting punishment.  With only a very few being saved and the majority of men being spiritually disconnected and lost, this to me was “the greatest story ever told” and good news of the Christ. I failed as those of the “Left Behind” series to see the true will of God was to save all men; no one would be left behind. In [I Tim. 2:4], Paul writes, “Who will have all men to be saved, and come unto the knowledge of the truth”. With my old understanding, scriptures such as [Gen.22: 18], “In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed” and also scriptures such as [I John 2:2], “And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world;” would have had God making a big mistake and Christ failing miserably because instead of the whole world being blessed only a few, a very few, would be blessed; many would be left behind. 

            In addition in [Rom. 5:8-9], the scriptures states “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by this blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through him.” Does this mean since all have sinned that Christ died for everyone?  Does this also mean that all are justified by Christ’s blood?  Let’s read further, [Rom. 5:12,14,15], “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift.  For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.”  It must be noted here, even if man did not know he had sinned, he was still under the penalty of sin [Rom.5: 14]. Likewise, even if man did not know he was justified he was justified through the comprehensive grace of God.  [Rom.5: 18], “ Therefore as by the offence of one trespass judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one act of righteousness the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

            No one left behind is made very clear in [Heb. 2:9], “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he, by the grace of God, should taste death for every MAN”. In [I Tim. 2:6], “He gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”  Question, did Christ taste death for every man, was he a ransom for all? God even sworn an oath to Himself, saying, [Isa.45: 23,25], “ I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that unto me every knee shall bow every tongue shall swear. In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory. Also note very closely these words of Paul, [Rom. 5:19-21] “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

            No One Left Behind is not a popular teaching. Does it sound to you just too good to be true?  But what if it was true? Wouldn’t this truly be “the greatest story you have ever heard? Wouldn’t it be the greatest gospel message ever preached? Wouldn’t it truly turn our world upside down? Wouldn’t we all live with a greater expectation for a brighter tomorrow and a true victory in Jesus? Then prayerfully consider with me what Paul says in [I Cor. 2:9-10], “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” We speak and teach and preach about the endless mercies and the endless love of our God that we serve, but do we really believe it? I’m sure we all could name many people, that in our opinion, should be left behind, but again consider what Paul says in [Rom. 14:4], “Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? To his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.” Maybe, just maybe, God sees something we don’t see, and maybe, just maybe, no one will be left behind.

 

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