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By Dave MacPherson
Hypocrisy tied to pretrib rapture leaders as well as to the pretrib
rapture view. (You can't believe how many "pretribbers" have told me over the
years that they either have doubts about pretrib or don't even believe
it----but they promote it anyway!)
Pretrib icon C. I. Scofield could be
hypocritically double-minded. In a 1921 letter to his daughter Abigail, who
had a financial need while then living in San Luis Obispo,
advised her to pray to a Catholic saint: "...why don't you seek the
special intercession of the San Luis in whose name-town you live?" (This
entire letter is in Joseph Canfield's classic work The Incredible Scofield and
His Book published by Ross House Books.) But a dozen years earlier in
his Scofield Bible (p. 1346) he had begun predicting a future reign of
"apostate Christendom, headed up under the Papacy"!
evangelicals are still unaware that during the 1980's Hal Lindsey proudly
announced that two of his daughters, Robin and Jenny, were then enrolled at
Gonzaga University, a Jesuit Catholic school. (The Jesuits were originally
Catholicism's arm to terroristically infiltrate and destroy the growing
Protestant Reformation.) But years earlier Lindsey's There's A New World
Coming (pp. 58, 103) stated, and continues to state, that the "dominant
church" of the "Middle Ages" which "bound the people to image-worship,
superstition, and priest craft" is the "prostituted form of Christianity" that
will eventually become "the Antichrist of Rome"!
still have a letter I received dated Nov. 14, 1971 and signed by a William T.
Bruner. Here's the eye-catching part: "I was brought up to be a
strong Pre-Tribulationist. In fact I never even thought that the other view
was worth inquiring into. When Dr. Bob Jones called me to teach in the
Bob Jones College one of the first questions he asked me was, whether I held
to this view, and of course I said Yes. But while I was professor of Greek New
Testament at the Bob Jones University, 1949-1955, one of my colleagues, Robert
Besancon, happened to ask me if I had ever read anything on the Post-Trib side.
I had to confess that I never had. He recommended two little books by Horner. I
read them and was truly astonished to find that the Post-Trib view is the
simpler, more Scriptural, and more reasonable of the two. So I am now a Post-Tribulationist.
Very interestingly, though, there was at that time
on the BJU faculty a great scholar, Dr. Charles Brokenshire, who could
teach 25 languages and every subject in the School of Religion. But he was
a Post-Tribulationist. Dr. Jones considered him worth more than any other
faculty member, perhaps worth more than all of us put together. During the
school year 1954-55 Dr. Brokenshire died. After he died Dr. Jones went
before his faculty meeting and announced that from that time on he would
be true to his old-time promise to the Christians of America that he
would strongly emphasize the Pre-Tribulation doctrine of the Second Coming
of Christ and that he wanted all his teachers in the School of Religion to
stand in favor of that doctrine!"
apparent that the first Dr. Bob had been playing the role of hypocrite!
Roland Rasmussen, pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Canoga Park,
California, can verify the late Dr. Bruner's letter. As a BJU prof then,
Rasmussen was at the same faculty meeting.)
Several years ago my wife and I found ourselves chatting on the BJU
campus with one of it's best-known profs. We were astounded
when he admitted that even though that school publicly promotes pretrib,
professors can privately hold to differing rapture views as long as they
retain at least a premill outlook!
1973 found me handing out posttrib literature on a Kansas City sidewalk
to delegates going into the annual conference of the General Association of
Regular Baptist Churches. It was easy for them to react by saying bluntly
"We're pretrib!" and just as easy for me to say just as bluntly "Not only
is pretrib not in the Bible, but it isn't in even your GARBC statement of
faith!" After I widely aired their hypocrisy, they added pretrib
their official statement during a following conference so that their
doctrine could finally begin practicing what the GARBC "doctors" had long
been preaching! A Dec. 31, 1983 letter written on Southeastern College
of the Assemblies of God stationery by one of their profs, J. Bashford
Bishop, contained these shocks: "Thanks for the book. [I had given him
my 1983 book The Great Rapture Hoax.] I'll do what I can to circulate your
book through our Assemblies of God [who], as you know, are opposed to Post-tribism. Make a point of getting acquainted with Joseph Flower,
our General Secy. at headquarters in Springfield. He and I were schoolmates
and both of us were Post-trib then and ever since. He would be glad to
discuss with you the subject----a real man of God."
been doing research there in Springfield, Missouri that winter and soon enjoyed
two hour-long chats with Flower, the No. 2 AG leader. Secretaries outside his
open office door could easily hear everything discussed. I asked how he could
hold to a non-approved rapture view. He replied that AG ministers are required
to uphold pretrib but privately can believe any other rapture view. When I
remarked that such a rule encourages hypocrisy, Flower sheepishly agreed.
Incidentally, those chats took place several years before any of the
hypocrisy-filled scandals having to do with Bakker and Swaggart, two AG
just read is a tiny fraction of the gigantic amount of pretrib
dishonesty uncovered by my decades-long research. To get your money's worth,
get my 300-page book The Rapture Plot via armageddonbooks.com
or by phoning (800) 967-7345.
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