I have been doing some observing of late with some of the folks who espouse the pre-trib rapture theory - (as in theory of evolution) no I do not class all pre-trib rapture folks in this category that I am about to describe -but as I said I have been watching the online discourse of a few.
The thoughts that went through my mind were:
Where is the charity?
Where is the love of the brethren?
Where is the civility?
Where is the humility?
It was sorely lacking I am afraid!
In most Internet encounters when folks have never even met each other, some can jump to unjust conclusions, and rip into someone they don't even know. We as the children of God are to judge righteous judgment. Some rip into those who's lives they have no clue about, they can not possibly make a righteous judgment.
I am not referring to false teachers, who blatantly put false teachings out publicly. Nor am I saying that false teaching should not be challenged. What I do warn you of however is that if you are going to zero in on someone whom you think is in error, or in sin, then your own heart and life had better be squeaky clean before God.
I observed what took place back in the day when Jim Bakker was in sin, and I watched as Jimmy Swaggart was interviewed on the national news...He made the statement that "Jim Bakker is a cancer that needs to be removed from the body of Christ".
The spirit of God welled up in me in the most unusual way at the time, and I knew this was a mistake on his part. Low and behold, it was not to long before God allowed Jimmy Swaggart's sin (which God knew, when the world didn't) to be exposed, and he to fell from grace with the public. So those who are always in a rush to judgment and ready to read someone the riot act, had best pay heed! God is not mocked!
Listen saints if we profess to have all knowledge, and all faith that we could remove mountains and have not charity we are as a sounding brass and a tinkling symbol to God.
Many it seems forget that they are mere servants of the Most High God, and that He alone is LORD over the flock.
Many get down right sinful in their reactions, to one whom they consider to be less knowledgeable than themselves. I have seen this, not just with a few of the pre-trib rapture brethren, but with others who hold to pet doctrines, or some knowledge of the Word they think they alone possess.
Many, in their zeal to be proven right, or considered super spiritual, become rude and arrogant and false accusers, and completely un-Christ like. If you don't agree 100% with them, well that's it for you, it becomes open season to attack. Oh my how many have little fear of God, the one whom they profess to serve!
God doesn't take lightly to his children being called idiots, or worse. Let me tell you many tread on shaky ground, and shall give account for every idle word they utter. Many assume to much of others, many attack God's servants, their fellow servants, this is not good.
Christ warned that these things would happen as the day of His appearing drew nearer.
Matthew 24: 48-51
50. The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51. And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
What does the word smite mean? It means to afflict to strike-we can strike with our words, we can cause pain, distress and grief by our words. So we need to remain civil with one another, even with those whom we disagree, because we will all give account. By our words we will be justified and by our words we will be condemned.
Knowledge that is not tempered with wisdom, and charity, and humility, will puff up a soul, and cause that person to think more highly of themselves than they ought!
Remember, when you get to Heaven God is not going to be so impressed with how "right" you were about everything, and everyone, but how you treated your fellow servants.