Start your review of Blessed Hope Write a review Shelves: theology Although the Pretribulation Rapture version of Premillennialism is no longer dominant in the academic world of evangelicalism, there is no doubt that it is still the assumed position of orthodoxy among many a man in the pew - particularly in Baptist and Bible churches. The fact that the last part of that sentence seems Although the Pretribulation Rapture version of Premillennialism is no longer dominant in the academic world of evangelicalism, there is no doubt that it is still the assumed position of orthodoxy among many a man in the pew - particularly in Baptist and Bible churches. This is a short work that is easy to read and charitable towards those whose position it challenges. Ladd does not set out to "destroy" the pretribulation position - he is content for faithful men to hold it if they must. But he does set out to destroy the idea that pretribulationism is the only faithful position.
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The list could go on. These items have become defining beliefs for some in evangelical Christianity, with the effect of disagreement being church splits. And that, in the eyes of George Eldon Ladd, is both dangerous and wrong. Ladd reminds us that the focus, for all Christians, should be on the return of Christ, and our unity with Him, not on the specific timing of that return. His focus is not on the timing of the return, though he does discuss pertinent time issues.
Ladd comes from the premillennialist camp, believing that Christ will come to earth and, with His church, inaugurate the millennium, after which Satan and all his followers will be thrown in the lake of fire. He seeks, however, to clarify a distinction between premillennialism and pretribulationism. While pretribulationists are all premillennialists, not all premillennialists are pretribulationists many often assume the two beliefs to be identical.
The two beliefs are different, and Ladd argues that the difference, which involves timing, is important, but not crucial. Ladd does feel, however, that the biblical support for pretribulationism is somewhat weak. Many assume that a premillennial view requires one to also be a pretribulationist.
Ladd takes us on a tour of Scripture to show us why that is not true. He finds little support in the Bible for a pretribulation return of Christ and a secret, pretribulation rapture. He affirms the faith of pretribulationists, and their desire for the return of Christ, but shows how the passages which talk about the return of Christ and the rapture seem to indicate that believers will go through the tribulation, thus negating the possibility of a pretribulation rapture.
Ladd reminds us over and over that it "is the Lord who is the object of our [future] hope; and whether His coming be near or far, the glorious fact of His person and the certainty of our union with Him is the ground and incentive for our holy walk. For Christ truly is our Blessed Hope. Product Information.
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