Rudy Wallace (28 March 2011)
"Jennie REF: Question"
Jennie REF: Question
If you had several children, and one of them mis-behaved all the time,
and you decided to move, would you leave that child behind?
God is greater in His mercy than we are, and though a true born again
christian may stumble and fall on occasion, God will not leave those
who are His behind.
No more than you would leave a naughty toddler behind if you moved.
Here's what Jesus thinks about those who are His:
John 10:29: My Father, who hath given them unto me, is greater than
all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.
Satan wants born again believers to believe that they can lose their
salvation or miss the rapture. He wants them to be tortured with
that thought and thus lose the joy of their salvation.
If we were raptured due to behavior, we could boast that we were a
better child than some of our other siblings. Ever heard a child
say, "Mommy likes me better than you?"
We will be raptured because we are God's born again children, not
because we behaved in a particular manner. Now some, I do
believe, may lose particular rewards (crowns) based on their behavior,
but none will lose their salvation or be left behind if they are truly
born again. Remember the story of the prodigal son and how
jealous the righteous son was over his brother who had strayed and
lived in riotious living, but then came home and was given a party by
the Father. He was a better son in some ways, but the prodigal
son was also in the family and was the object of great rejoicing, while
the good son sat in the corner and pouted. (My translation)
We moved a lot early in my career for the sake of advancement, and I
read something once that broke my heart, in regards to moving.
The article said that the biggest fear small children have when the
family moves, is that they will be left. The article suggested
that you let them pack a suit case and talk about their new home to
alieve the fear.
Some christians have this same fear, but rest assured, God will not leave any of His children.