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Left Behind Good For Evangelism

I saw the authors of the Left Behind series on Good Morning America. I have a coworker who shares them with unbelievers as a way to spark discussions for evangelism. What do you think of this series?

Moderator - Too many Biblical errors, therefore I personally wouldn't use it.

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I agree with the moderator and Susie. There's no need to use a Biblically false tool to strike up a conversation. Use your own life as a testimony, and bring up Christ without needing an excuse. :-)
---Todd1 on 5/28/08

I see the Left Behind series nothing more than what it is, works of fiction. This is no different than the DaVinci Code issue, fiction. Many people read these religous works of fiction and want to read them as truth. The only truth one should know is found within the Bible. Doesn't mean that some ideas within the book isn't possible. Think of the Jules Vern books, all works of fiction, yet we still landed a man on the moon almost 100 years after his works of fiction. Interesting.
---Tammy on 5/27/08

The Left Behind series is fiction. The best witness tool to us would be your own life. If it isn't measuring up, you need to do something about it.
---Susie on 5/9/08

The entire Left Behind series is based on the grave error of dispensationalism, namely the pre-trib rapture and literal millennium.

Would you use a porn novel to teach chastity? Only then should you use the Left Behind series to introduce Christianity.
---Jack on 9/20/07

there is error in everything that humans do.there is so much error in the church today I think it funny that anything that would lead anyone to jesus would be slamed as unbiblical.the vast majority of christians are leading unbiblical lives,finding fault with everyone and everthing,instead of praising God for using all things for the good of those who love him.
---tom2 on 8/18/06

I think the Left Behind series is just a commercial exploitation of Christanity consumed by the biblicaly ignorant.

It teached false doctrine, and it is with out redeaming social value.
---notlaw99 on 7/28/06

I have never read the books, but I have watched the movies and I didn't like it at all. there was so much confusion if one is just a baby in Christ. To me they were only using their imagination instead of what the word says.
---Rebecca_D on 7/28/06

Dottie, please excuse the typos... My initial issues with Left Behind are:

Here are 3 errors:
1-Secret Rapture
2-Second Chance Theology
3-Escapism-Christians avoid tribulation
---Geoff on 7/28/06

Eph 1:19 That in the *dispensation of the fullness of times* he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 1st Corinthians 15: Christ the first fruits, those at His coming, then the Kingdom. We've confuse dispensations with covenants. Gods plan from the foundation of the world kept secret, now revealed. Genesis 3:15 will be fulfilled completely when Satan is judged and thrown in the lake of fire for eternity.
---kathr4453 on 7/28/06

"Left Behind" also led me to Christ. I have read many other texts on end-times prophecy to sort out my beliefs. My church does not believe in rapture and a book by a minister of our denomination on this was interesting, but seemed a little whitewashed. I think something "uncomfortable" is coming, but I am not sure if true Christians will be here for it or not. LB books bring attention to prophecy which could bring many readers to the Bible. The Holy Spirit will do the rest.
---melissa on 7/28/06

"I have not read these books and most certainly would not use them for evangelism. I don't believe their teachings are correct". Donna, what a strange conclusion you have reached if you havn't and don't intend to read them. I havn't read them either, therefore I cannot voice an opinion.
---emg on 7/28/06

I have not read these books and most certainly would not use them for evangelism. I don't believe their teachings are correct, but I've known SEVERAL Christians who have let these works of fiction determine their belief about the end times. That said, If a non-Christian has read them and mentions them to me, I would use them as a springboard to discussion of sin and salvation, avoiding detailed discussion of end time events.
---Donna2277 on 7/27/06

It can be a good tool, my son never showed any interest in Christ or the Bible, no matter how much I preached, While reading the series, he crossed referenced to the bible, and has now accepted Christ and is saved.
---Deb on 7/27/06

This is just my opinion but someone made a lot of money off that series. The Lord said "freely" ye have received, "freely" give. Everyone on this site has a ministry that costs less and we support it from our wages. Why pay the rich when we have just as large a viewing audience? Not to mention half of those who sell books and do tv evangelism don't really help to justify what they do. I think the internet will be their downfall if people wise up and quit giving them their money.
---Shari on 7/27/06

Appollos preached boldly showing by the scriptures that Jesus was the Christ. Paul preached from the laws and prophets showing that Jesus is Christ. Jesus said go into all the world and preach the gospel.
If the word was good enough up until now why change methods? Are we better than God that we must come up with new methods rather than just the word?
---Shari on 7/27/06

Geoff--I guess you could say that LEFT BEHIND et al are the evangelical equivalent of DaVinci Code.

Both stupid and misleading works of fiction.
---Jack on 7/27/06

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I enjoyed the books, I love reading and I found them fun, but I read it as FICTION. My problem with these books is they kind of glamorize what the tribulation will be like. Buck and Chloe falling in love, and they have the coolest toys and gadgets some may say well I can live through that no problem. But they could open a door if an unbeliever read it and asked a Christian well is it true, is this gonna happen, then you can step up and answer them telling them about Jesus.
---bethie on 7/27/06

Jack-Please expand on dipensationalists. I read a book by Clarence Larkin "The Greatest Book on Dispenstional Truth" and I agreed with most of his writing. I am undecided when it comes to pre-trib or post-trib rapture and frankly I don't care I just want to be rapture ready. My point is dispensations do exist in the bible, from what I've studied.
---Ryan on 7/27/06

Dottie, if I may answer your Q to the moderator on LB errors, I have 3 just for starters. As I said before, this is supposed to be fiction, yet they are not off the hook for the authors claim it is based on truth. In all fairness, I have never read the books & have seen only parts & have no further interest unless it becomes necessary...

Here are 3 errors:
1-Secret Rapture
2-Second Change Theology
3-Escapism-Christians avoid trib
---Geoff on 7/27/06

Just wanted to add my two cents. I came to Christ because of those books. I think they definitely can open the eyes or heart of an unbeliever enough to also open up discussion. God can use any tool he wants to bring a non-believer to the truth.
---Debbie on 7/27/06

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Moderator, Even though this is of course just a movie to show what could be, what errors are you speaking of?

Moderator - One book has a person getting the Mark of the Beast, but it is acceptable because the person really didn't want the mark. However, the big picture is that if things don't turn out the way the book series makes one to believe many people will discount Christianity and instead follow the Anti-Christ.
---Dottie on 7/27/06

Although that's pretty harsh, Jack, what I do know about the LB novels & movie is though they claim to be fiction many sincere Christians actually believe this stuff even though it cannot be supported by scripture. I'm sure there are exceptions, but so far I've only encountered people who stick around only for the entertainment, but have no interest spiritual matters. Would it be better to give them the truth?
---Geoff on 7/27/06

I agree with the moderator. So many take these books as actual fact. This will stifle the HP to teach us day to day what is ahead. Exa: Those in the 16th,17th century, may not have understood how the whole world could see the 2 witnesses. They may have had their own theology to explain it. We know today how it's possible. We need to keep our hearts and minds open, as each day goes by..and the HS will,if we ask, show us truths.Thing are moving fast,and things may not turn out the way we thought.
---kathr4453 on 7/27/06

The Left Behind series is good for evangelism as it makes people think about the reality of God's judgement.
The Rapture is scriptural, matthew 24 being one of the clearest teaching, also the 1Cor15, "we shall be changed".
---mike8384 on 7/27/06

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