Stacy Raborn (29 Feb 2012)
"Clarification on the Rapture Issue"

Hello brothers and sisters.  As I continue to read our thoughts and opinions about this very sensitive rapture issue, I strongly feel the need to clarify something.  And as always, I write this in love and peace to my brethren.  I may be the only one, but I feel this needs to be said.

I have read many posts where some are either insinuating or specifically stating that there are others stating that anyone who simply says they're a Christian, has said the sinner's prayer, or who even thinks they are a Christian will be going in the rapture.  I haven't seen these types of comments made... not once.  Now maybe I have missed something, but I honestly do not believe there is one person on this site who believes that it is all it takes.  Anyone can say anything; we all know that it is our fruit that will show who we really are and what we truly believe in our hearts.  Bottom line is that Jesus knows those who belong to Him, and He will not lose one!  (John 1:14, Luke 15:4, and others)

Now having said that, I have seen several comments made that those who are filled with the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus and who are trusting and resting in Him will be taken in the rapture, regardless, and this is the truth.  Again, I have not seen one single post or comment that states the rapture will include all those who simply say "Lord, Lord", or "I am a Christian", or "I said the sinner's prayer".  The difference is true saving faith.  If someone has truly been born again and is filled with the Holy Spirit, then they are saved; they belong to Jesus.  Jesus will not take back His Spirit from them, and He will not abandon His purchased possession.  To do so would make Him a liar, and we know that this is NOT who He is.  His Word gives us the assurance of our salvation in this regard over and over; we simply cannot argue it.

Those who TRUST in the Lord and OBEY His commands, by the power of His Holy Spirit and not by their own flesh and works, are saved by grace through faith, and these are His blood-bought Bride.  Even someone who trusts in the Lord with all their heart on their deathbed, without any opportunity for any works at all, would be saved by grace through faith -- just like the thief on the cross.

I think this clarification is important, because there are too many making these misleading comments that I mentioned in the second paragraph above, and that is not constructive nor productive. 

The Word has the answers; everything we believe and state on this site should line up with the Word.  And, we should always respect and love one another enough not to make misleading comments to suit our own opinions.  We are all of the same body; we desperately need to let our lights shine in this manner.  There are many unbelievers and baby ones in the Lord looking to us to lead the way.  Let us all remember this and bind together, by the power of the Holy Spirit and through the written Word of God, for their sakes and for the glory of our Lord Jesus.  It is truly saddening to see that we are all not of one accord.  I can only imagine what it does to the heart of our Savior, in whose name we speak all these things.

Much love, peace, and joy to you all.  You are my brothers and sisters in Christ, and I love you. 

As always, all glory goes to the name of Jesus Christ, the one and only faithful King who is always true to His word!