This response to the Left Behind series does not attempt to deal with every detail in the books themselves, nor does it attempt to address every theological issue raised in them (e.g., conversion, sacramental theology, Christology, etc.). Rather, it is focused on the theological framework that underlies the series.... [T]he doctrinal foundation for Left Behind is premillennial dispensationalism, a system of theology that divides history into seven dispensations with the final era being a 1000-year earthly reign of Christ.
—from the General Response
This document is the Commission on Theology and Church Relations' response to an assignment to review the impact that the popular Left Behind series is having on people today. A Lutheran Response to the Left Behind Series is presented in the hope that it will help LCMS pastors, teachers and professional church workers to familiarize themselves with the theological presuppositions of the series, review "what Lutherans believe" about the end times, and respond to questions from members, students, prospective members, and others. This report is also readable and accessible to lay people.
Includes a Glossary of terms and a diagram of Millennials views.
For additional information on the Lutheran view of the End Times, see The End Times: A Study on Eschatology and Millennialism
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