PNW: There is no question about it. There is not even a desire to hide it. The Democrat Party continues to grow spiritually darker to the point of actually proclaiming itself the party of the religiously non-affiliated. Is it any surprise?
Back in 2012, the Washington Post reported the Democrats were under fire for removing “God” from their national platform.
This was not missed by Paul Ryan, then a Republican vice-presidential candidate, who stated on Fox News, “I guess I would just put the onus and the burden on them to explain why they did all this, these purges of God.”
And was it a coincidence that, the same year, the Democrats also failed to affirm Jerusalem as Israel’s capital? more …
Opinion: How divided are we?
Democrat: The party of pro-socialism, pro-abortion up to birth, pro same-sex marriage, pro-Palestinian, pro-gun confiscation, pro-gender fluidity and pro-carbon offsets to punish Americans for perceived climate change.
Reminiscent of the 8 Obama years, I find myself on the opposite side of each position.
On August 25, 2019 the Democratic National Committee (DNC) embraced American nonbelievers as a group for the first time (here), adopting a resolution that recognizes their contributions to society and to the Democratic Party.
- The value, ethical soundness, and importance of the religiously unaffiliated demographic, a group of Americans who contribute in innumerable ways to the arts, sciences, medicine, business, law, the military, their communities, the success of the Party and prosperity of the Nation; and
- That religiously unaffiliated Americans are a group that, as much as any other, advocates for rational public policy based on sound science and universal humanistic values and should be represented, included, and heard by the Party.
Despite the apparent move towards secularism, many Christians still believe there will be a great revival in the last days.
So which is it, revival or rapture?
Post tribulation rapture is a belief that God’s kingdom began at the first coming of Jesus. The kingdom (church) will advance throughout history until it fills the whole earth through conversion to the Christian faith and world view. These ‘overcomers’ then hand the kingdom over to Christ. This belief is making a comeback despite a rise in religiously unaffiliated Americans, also called nones.
Post-trib Alex Dodson (Watchman Radio Hour): “Gone are the great men of the past who pointed to a time when the gospel would triumph in the world and that all the nations would come to Christ.”
See that? Dodson calls himself a watchman, and yet his belief differs from pre-trib rapture, and is looking for a great revival. Most often the problem is context or what Paul called ‘rightly dividing the word’ (2 Timothy 2:15).
If a person believes the Church has replaced Israel, or the church is Israel, and the Bible says Israel will go through the Tribulation, they then assume Jesus is referring to the Church.
In Matthew 24, Jesus gave several clues that He was speaking to Israel and not the church:
Matthew 24:9 “But he who endures to the end shall be saved” cannot be the church since only Jews are saved at the end of the tribulation (Jer. 30:7). The church is saved by faith in Christ through the atonement of the cross (John 3:16; Eph. 2:8-9)
Matthew 24:16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains” has zero application to the church but major application to Jews who are told to flee Antichrist to meet Christ in the mountains (Zech. 12:10; Rom. 11:26-27).
Matthew 24:20 “And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath” again no application to the church but major importance to the Jews, as OT Law only allows limited travel on the Sabbath (Ex. 34:21; Num. 15:32-26)
Other post-tribbers have a grace plus works view of salvation. They believe they have to suffer for their sins in order to be be worthy to enter the Kingdom. Some I have debated almost seem to want to go through the tribulation. Many have mini-warehouses in their garages with ‘prepper’ supplies and refuse to accept the literal word.