This [our proposed Bible Protestants’ Convention on “The Jesuit Origins of Futurism”] is a Calvinist convention to prove that the rapture is wrong because Shaun Willcock follows Amillennial theology – like the Roman Catholic Church…
Shaun follows Jesuit theology – he is a joke!
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Our reply, sent to a friend on our mailing list who passed the above email on to us:
Actually, contrary to what she thinks, I do indeed believe in what is called the “rapture”. Although the word isn’t used in the KJV, the doctrine of the saints alive at Christ’s coming being “caught up… to meet the Lord in the air”, is absolutely scriptural. Your friend said I’m out to prove the rapture is wrong, but this isn’t the case at all – I hold firmly to the doctrine, but what I oppose just as firmly is what’s known as the “pre-trib rapture”, and it is this which will be dealt with at the convention.
It is very true, of course, that it will be a “Calvinistic convention” in that I stand fully for the doctrines of sovereign grace. I generally prefer not to use the term “Calvinism” wherever possible, as there is much more to Calvinism than the doctrines of sovereign grace, and much that I would be opposed to (such as infant “baptism”, the “State Church” concept, etc.). It is a pity Calvin’s name became associated with these glorious biblical doctrines. But the fact that his name is so often associated with them does not make the doctrines themselves false. Unfortunately some people do erect this false argument when opposing the biblical truth.
Her argument that I follow “Jesuit theology” is, I have to say, the real joke here, considering that it was the Jesuits who invented the roots of her Futurist belief, as I will be showing at the convention, God willing. And anyway, the fact that Rome might teach a particular doctrine does not automatically mean the doctrine is wrong: Rome teaches a vast amount of error, of course, but Satan is subtle enough to see to it that Rome also holds to many true things – just to confuse people even further. A doctrine, however, is true because it is found in the Bible – not because Rome may happen to teach it as well. And a minister of the Gospel who teaches a biblical truth is not following Romish theology if Rome happens to teach it also! Your friend’s logic, then, is skewed. – Shaun Willcock