Steve W (10 Dec 2010)
"To April A. and Doves: Mellennial Exclusion, is it Biblical ?"

Dear April and Doves,
April wrote on Dec 9th:
There is a difference between entering the Kingdom and inheriting the Kingdom. When we are raptured or die the first stop on the tour of heaven will be the Bema Seat of Christ. He will open all of the books that have recorded every deed, every thought, every act, every tear, and will put our lives into the fire. There will be wood, hay, stubble, gold, silver, and precious jewels. Whatever is wood, hay or stubble will burn up. If there is anything left in the form of gold, silver, or precious jewels - that will be part of our reward. Even if there is nothing left after the fire, we ourselves will enter heaven but will have no reward. We will be poor. We won't have the garment of righteousness - won't be allowed to enter the Wedding of the Lamb and won't be allowed to rule and reign with Him in the 1000 year reign.


You notice that God doesn't wipe the tears from our eyes until after the 1000 years. That's when the new heaven and new earth and New Jerusalem begin and initiates eternity with God. From the end of the tribulation until then we are in the 1000 year reign of Christ. Not everyone will rule and reign.

Only those who have proven themselves worthy in this life will be close to Jesus in the Kingdom of Heaven (1000 year reign/Millennium). The bible calls them OVERCOMERS. Some will be in the "outer darkness" which literally means "the darkness just beyond a lit palace." It will be like being at a concert sitting in the furthest balcony in the very last row. You're in the concert but you can't see anything. Get me?

So, everyone who accepts Christ and His blood is saved - Justified. They will all enter heaven and will all spend eternity with God. They will never go to hell.

But those who stop there - who are carnal Christians - who quench the Spirit of God and allow themselves to be in control instead of Jesus - they are not Sanctified. They will be found naked before the Lord and will be denied entrance into the 1000 year rest of Jesus. They will be poor for all eternity in heaven - though they are saved from hell - and they will suffer loss, profound regret, and will not be allowed intimacy with Christ as His bride for the 1000 years. What a terrifying thought!!!! This has really changed my life!  I hope it will change yours too. 
This doctrine is primarily from a man named J.D. Faust. 

The doctrine is essentially as you describe it.  Christians who have been carnal and unfaithful during this life will not be part of the millennial kingdom that is inaugurated at the return of Christ.  These people, according to Faust, will suffer the same fate as unbelievers-i.e., be cast into ‘outer darkness’ (hell).  They will remain there until the end of the millennium (1,000 years) and then enter the eternal state.

As I see it, there are two major problems with the millennial exclusion view.  First is that is grossly undervalues the atonement of Christ.  Jesus Christ died as payment for our sins.  His sacrifice was a ‘once for all time’ sacrifice (as opposed to the OT sacrifices which were offered continually).  If my faith in the sacrifice of Christ is not enough to keep me out of hell, then what good was his sacrifice?  Paul, in Romans, teaches “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).  Yet Faust teaches that if I’m not a good enough Christian, then I will suffer in the equivalent of ‘Protestant Purgatory’ for 1,000 years as a punishment for my unfaithful, carnal Christian living.  This begs a further question:  How good do I have to be to avoid millennial exclusion?  This is essentially a ‘works righteousness’ program.  By teaching this doctrine, it scares people into holy living.  Believers need not be motivated out of fear; we are under grace, not law (Romans 6:14).  Here are some more Biblical passages that teach the complete sufficiency of Christ’s atonement (Romans 4:7-8; 5:1; 8:33-34; John 3:18, 36; 5:24; 2 Corinthians 5:21).  This last passage (2 Corinthians 5:21) is important because it teaches that through our faith we receive the righteousness of Christ.  How can God cast a Christian who is covered with the righteousness of Christ into hell for 1,000 years?  Answer:  He can’t, and he won’t!


So April and Doves, this teaching is False and not held by respected biblical scholars. Do a little more research April and you will most likely come to the same conclusion. You don't need to live under constant

fear and pressure that you "gotta be good" to reign with Christ. He did it all at the cross. We're all going to live in Paradise!



Steve W.