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Escapism vs. Reality


By Ray Gano – “Recently an article came across my desk that really disturbed me.

To be honest I have tried to push it off multiple times, but it just kept haunting me. The fire in my bones will not let me leave it be.

In this article the author talks about moral decay, the economy, and even makes the statement that ‘Total and worldwide financial disaster is inevitable.’

‘Nature – The world can’t take much more of this punishment.’

‘War – The hate cannot be held back any longer.’

‘Immorality – The restraining force on immorality has all but fled, mostly leaving us to our own self-destructive tendencies.’

You know what? I agree with this, but what I cannot agree with is what is to come.

His solution, ‘The Hopeful Escape’ and I guess it is with his lack luster do nothing attitude that caused the fires to burn in my bones.

Here is what the author said..

“Despite the soon break of the gathering storm, and despite the hopelessness about the future that it brings, believers in Christ can know that it is not our future. Our future plays out in the polar opposite. Instead of living in a world gone mad, we foresee a new home in Heaven. Instead of persecution by a crushing tyrant, we face a loving and benevolent King. Instead of living under wrath, we see living under love. And, where there is only hopelessness left on earth, there is hope, peace and joy awaiting us (Rev. 21-22).

The change on our horizon is bright, for the King of Kings is coming to take those who are saved up to live in Heaven with Him forever and ever.”

What is troubling is that more and more ministries are taking on an attitude of ‘Why should I worry about the evil in the world, I am going to be raptured away.’

Folks, you all know that I stand on an imminent return, but it seems that so many who profess a Doctrine of Immanency have pushed it to the side and turned the rapture into a form of escapism instead of something that goads us into action.

We as students of bible prophecy KNOW what we are to expect. We KNOW that there will be hard times ahead, we KNOW that persecution takes place, we KNOW that tyrants abound and many have and will pay the ultimate price in standing for Christ.

I mean are we to expect a wonderful happy world one day and the next when the rapture takes place all of a sudden things are really bad?” Read more.

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  1. Anonymous
    10/04/2011 at 6:42 PM

    Never dawned on me how seriously damaging the rapture theory could be until this article – When one thinks about it the rapture idea or theory is much like the evolution theory – the evolutionary theory has done more to damage Christianity that any other single thing once the root book of the bible Genesis been debased or destroyed God slowly became irrelevant.

    Try and witness the first 11 chapters of Genesis and you are seriously mocked and laughed at. and so it is becoming also with the rapture idea as well – just like the article suggests why bother if we have an escape.route every man and woman for themselves

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  2. 10/04/2011 at 7:49 PM

    I skimmed the article, but it seems he keeps his wagon hitched to imminency and the pre-trib rapture… the problem isn’t that we (by that I mean “he” and “they”) have a wrong understanding of the rapture and imminency, its that this a wrong view of rather plain scriptures, to believe those doctrines in the first place. They inevitably lead to escapism, as he has deduced.

    The solution is to see that we need to stand for Christ, to the end, no matter the cost, when He will return, at the last possible moment (Unless He shortened those days….). And we need to recognize that will be done in His strength, with His courage, with the Holy Spirit’s joy, with the light of God dispelling the darkness…hallelujah!

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  3. ICA
    10/04/2011 at 10:23 PM

    One thing that I like about Ray Gano’s article, however, is that although he still ascribes to the ‘imminency’ doctrine he at least recognizes the wisdom of watchful preparation, acknowledging that the escapist mentality often associated with pretribism can (and will) lead some down the road of careless inaction, complacency and unpreparedness — both spiritual and physical. This sort of ‘escapism‘ is in fact the opposite of what Scripture teaches:

    Matthew 24:22, “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”

    Colossians 3:12, “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering …”

    Acts 14:22b, “… we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”

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  4. 10/05/2011 at 1:44 AM

    Yes, you’re right on Ray’s warnings. I realize you have had past interactions with him, and don’t want to offend him. People modify and even change their views (I for one) from time to time, and perhaps Ray will do so as well.

    I did like the Lifsey article you linked to; its sort of a corollary to Ray’s; it actually diagnoses the problem exactly. Maybe Ray should read it!!

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  5. ICA
    10/05/2011 at 1:26 PM

    Lifsey’s article is good as well. As a side note, Lifsey also believes that “the final Beast Empire will be constructed from a resurrected Islamic Caliphate and that Daniel 8, 9, 11, Ezekiel 38-39, Psalm 83 and others identify the Arab world as the power base of his regime.”

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  6. 10/05/2011 at 2:12 PM

    I told you, ‘you should never have moved away from that position’! ;-)

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