Posted November 1st, 2011 at 09:22 AM by Lois
Rapture drills. Have you experienced them? Some children have been left traumatized by them, scared to death they may be left behind while their parents go to be with God.
Awhile back, I found on DVD the old series of movies from Mark IV pictures on the end times. Remember 'A Thief In The Night,' 'Distant Thunder,' etc.? I recall them being shown at my former UPC church. When I watched them once again more recently, they left me feeling much different this time. I no longer cared much for them.
I don't think people should be scared into following God. Yes, there is a time & place to teach about the lost and eternity and God's wrath. But shouldn't the message to those who do not know Jesus be about the Gospel- the death, burial & resurrection of Jesus Christ & what this means to them? Shouldn't the message be about a new life in Christ?
It is no wonder many have a distorted view of God when they hear more about hell, torment, being lost, and so forth, than they do about God's love and mercy and grace. Scaring people into following God isn't the way, whether that be through end times movies, rapture drills, threats concerning outward standards, tongues, hair or anything else.