That's fine, he declares: "I don’t divide over this issue, and I don’t fight over it."
While Dr. Brown would not divide in fellowship with other believers over this side issue, he and his colleague Professor Craig Keener felt that "now was the time" to publish their latest book, Not Afraid of the Antichrist: Why We Don’t Believe in a Pre-tribulation Rapture, and it already has its share of opponents who "bash" it and refuse to read it.
"Within the Church, there have been competing views about the end-times for centuries," Dr. Brown explains, "and we can agree to disagree with love and respect."
Dr. Brown assures that "Prof. Keener and I do not bash those with whom we differ, and they will see that we examine opposing views with fairness and grace."
Ultimately, Dr. Brown hopes that readers will be encouraged that "throughout Church history, right until this moment, our fellow-believers are suffering atrocities for the gospel – being burned alive, buried alive, beheaded, tortured, imprisoned, and exile. Yet, in Paul’s words, 'in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us' (Romans 8:37)."
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