Call for Discussion: Being Christian in Left Behind books
I have just finished "Glorious Appearing" the 12th and last book in the "Left Behind" series by Jenkins and LaHaye. I hope many of you have read at least some of the books in the series, regardless of your faith tradition. Over 60 million copies of these books have been sold in the US, so there's a good chance you'll encounter someone who has read this series and takes them at face value.
I'm not going to provide spoilers for "Glorious Appearing" (yet), but wanted to start a conversation with folks here who have read any of the books.
Specifically, what is your opinion on "What does it mean to be a Christian in the Left Behind books?" From somewhat careful reading of all of the books except for Assasians (skimmed), I have concluded the following:
1) You verbally profess faith in Jesus Christ as your personal savior.
2) You do not swear.
3) You do not have sex outside of marriage and try not to have unchaste thoughts.
4) You spread the message of Christ as Messiah through whatever means are available to you.
5) You pray to Jesus.
That's all the identifiably Christian characteristics I find in the books. Am I missing something here? I don't find anything uniquely Christian in the four points above.
In addition, it seems like the saved can do things that my reading of the Bible indicates are sin:
1) You can kill in anger.
2) You can practice deceit, forgery, etc if that will assist you in infiltrating Antichrist's forces.
3) You are under no obligation to aid non-believers outside of telling them the good news.
About these last three points, I'm saying that believers are allowed to do these things because repentence is not required of them for these things.
I'm willing to believe that I'm not fully open to these books even though I do not believe them to be anti-Catholic. So, would any fellow "Left Behind" readers like to illuminate me on what makes Rayford, et al, Christian? How do the characters live their lives so outsiders can tell a difference between them and say, the Jews and Muslims who refused to submit to Carpathia?