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"Caused" or "Forced" To Take The Mark of the Beast: What's the Difference?

There is plenty of difference between the concepts of caused and forced as it relates to the doctrine of the mark of the beast.  As all "Left Behind" fans know, the fictional Chang character was "forced" to take the mark of the beast and remained in right standing with God.  He was physically held down and forcibly marked, as the storyline goes. God did not hold him responsible for this unpardonable sin which was done to him, and not by him.

The authors, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, were even questioned by a reader on The Mark Live Global Chat (November 15, 2000, 8:00 - 9:00 EST P.M) as to whether God would hold Chang responsible for receiving the mark of the beast or if he would be doomed to hell:

05:30:33 PM> MODMSG ru4ou2:in the case of young chang will he be held accountable or is he doomed for a life in hell

05:30:56 PM> The Authors: God looks on the heart. He was a believer first, and thus, always.

According the the authors, being a believer first, and then being "forced" to take the mark of the beast leaves the beast-marked Christian in a state of forgiveness in the sight of God.

For a fleeting moment, the thought seems plausible.  After all, it seems reasonable that if a believer receives the mark of the beast without choosing to do so— such as being held down and forcibly marked, that God would not hold that person responsible. 

Chang did not denounce the Lord Jesus Christ nor did he confess the Lord Jesus Christ and denounce Antichrist. After he was held down and "forcibly" marked for the beast, Chang spoke up and made the generic statement: "Christ is risen indeed" much to the chagrin of the so-called Christian character, David.  David considered Chang's assertion an act of teenage recklessness.  Well, it was an act of uselessness because the statement was made after he had the the mark of the beast "forced" upon him.  If he had confessed to the New World Order elitists that he was devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ, the so-called forced marking would not have been administered.

Since Chang did not confess the Lord Jesus Christ to his satanist employers, it was possible to write a forced marking scenario into the storyline. This forced marking incident leads us to the question of how a Christian can have the mark of the beast and be on his way to heaven:

"Oh, but that can't be!  God would not hold Chang accountable for this atrocious sin that was done to him!  one might cry.  

That is right. He would not.  Chang, or anyone in real life, will not be "forced" to take the mark of the beast (and have God forgive them!) the way the scenario in The Mark was played out...and reinforced in Desecration.

Your response to this might be,

"That's just your opinion!  Some people might be held down and physically forced to take the mark of the beast!  After all, look what happened to Chang."  

Remember, Chang is a fictional character.  Fiction is a story that is feigned, invented or imagined.  Just because information is presented in a fictional format does not mean it is bad. Jesus used pretend stories or parables to teach truth.  However, Jesus' parables never contradicted the truth; they always taught and illustrated truth.

Covetous false teachers have always used feigned words to make merchandise of God's people.  The Bible says they will bring in among the people damnable heresies to beguile unstable souls.  The false teachers obviously covet the souls of Christians! They want to get Christians to believe their damnable heresies and to deny the Lord that bought them! (See 2 Peter 2:1-14)  Of course these false teachers are not dummies...they are working to deceive the Christians into denying the Lord while thinking they are not really denying him.  How are they pulling this off?  By redefining and changing what the Bible says about what it really means to confess with one's mouth the Lord Jesus.

Definitions of Caused and Forced

Let us look at the word "causeth" used in the King James Bible and the word "forced" used in the NIV translation and see what both of these words mean and then we'll plug the meanings back into the context and see what happens...

There is a big difference in meaning between the word "caused" or "causeth" (King James) and "forced" (NIV) and it is such a big difference that doctrine is actually changed.

Caused (causeth) means to bring into existence or effect by agency, power or influence.  The King James Bible says, 

"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:" Rev. 13:16

Forced means to compel or constrain to do by the exertion of a power not resistible.  The NIV says, 

"He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead," Rev. 13:16

Since "caused" and "forced" mean something different,  both  words are not correct! 

Laws cause people to do things, but they do not physically force them.  People who disobey the law receive a penalty. The penalty can even be beheading, but it is still a penalty. That is why people are caused to obey.  They do not want the penalty.  They make the choice to comply with the law, to avoid the law by fleeing before the law is enacted or before they are caught, or to accept the penalty.

"Forcing" people to comply by overtaking them with an irresistible power removes the power of choice from them.  When a person is forced, someone else is forcing their will on them, so the person who is forced is not responsible.  Everyone who is forced would be in compliance with the stated law, because no one would be able to have the choice to disobey. There is no need for a penalty if there is no choice to disobey.

Example of Being Caused

Suppose the authorities held a gun to your head and ordered you to take the mark of the beast. This is an example of being forced to receive the mark, correct? No. You are being caused and faced with a terrible penalty if you do not comply. If you refuse to take it, you would be shot and killed, but you would not have been forced.  The same goes for the guillotine, which is the method of execution according to the Scriptures. 

Example of Being Forced

If they took the gun and hit you in the head with it so you were rendered unconscious, and then gave you the mark while you were unable to resist, that would be forcing you to take the mark.  Your will would have had nothing to do with it.  (You will NOT be forced, this is only an illustration to show you the difference between being "caused" and "forced.")

Bowing down and worshipping the beast is an act of the will, even if it is under tremendous pressure.  Remember Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These were the only three Jews who were willing to not be "caused" to worship the image.  I doubt most of the other Jews really wanted to worship the image but they did not want the penalty (being burned in the fiery furnace) MORE.

It is not how they felt that counted, but what they actually did.  Resigning oneself to bowing down and taking the mark of the beast, whether under duress or not, is the deciding factor, according to the pure, inerrant Word of God. Remember, the severity of the penalty is not what defines force! Satan would love to force Christians to worship him and take his identifying mark, but he is unable to do this.  He is capable of deceiving them into not holding fast the beginning of their confidence steadfast unto the end so they would spiritually faint and confess Antichrist and take his mark.  He can only do this if they give heed to seducing spirits through false prophets that tell them via called fiction based on so-called truth they can be forgiven if they do this!

The Bible does not teach that God will send people to an eternity of smoke and torment in the Lake of Fire because someone else forced them to commit this unpardonable, irreversible, unforgivable sin. The Bible plainly says that "If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God...and shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:" Revelation 14: 9, 10 Receiving the mark and worshipping the beast go together, and no man can force worship!

The teaching of a Christian being "forced" to take the mark of the beast, and being forgiven for it, is the most dangerous doctrine to come upon the church in recent history. It is a denial of the straightforward Bible doctrine that those who take the mark of the beast are doomed to smoke and torment forever by making provision for this unforgivable sin under the false, unbiblical condition of being forced!

You must rebuke and renounce this doctrine of devils immediately. Cast down this imagination that is exalting itself against the knowledge of God before it becomes so firmly entrenched that you believe and heed it and end up being cast into the Lake of Fire!

Read the the penalty for those who refuse to be caused to comply with this law:

And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.  Revelation 13:16, 17

Yes, all will be caused to take the mark of the beast, but no person will be forced (constrained by a power not resistible.) The overcoming Christian will either flee and escape the mark or by the grace of God accept the penalty, but a Christian must not be deceived into thinking that a horrible penalty is the same thing as being forced.  It is NOT.  Under no circumstances may a Christian consent to receive the mark of the beast. To do so would be to forfeit his salvation. The Bible solemnly warns:

If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: Rev. 14:9,10

Some Christians will escape being presented with the test of the mark of the beast if they are living in complete obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ and are led of the Spirit to a place where he can supernaturally keep them hidden and protected.

What about a baby or small child? Does an infant or young child buy and sell?  No. We are of the opinion at this point in time that a baby or young child—who does not take the responsibility of participating in commerce and does not understand what worship means—would not be presented with the mark of the beast. 

They could receive biochips, however which would eventually endanger the child and his family even if it is not the mark of the beast (due to tracking technology). It is the parents' responsibility to protect the children entrusted to them by God. However, please note that the conditioning about being forced to take the mark of the beast in the Left Behind series is directed toward the millions of people who are of age and quite capable of making their own decisions. 

Children and the mark of the beast is not directly addressed in scripture. The Bible says any man, so if the person is of the age where they are capable, then they would qualify as being under the heading any manin our opinion. Even so, babies and children are capable of being implanted with microchips irrespective of age. Do not permit this. To do this is to give place to Satan by giving the government permission to track and thus control your children and the people who live with themtheir parents.

For those of you who are aware that Christians will be here on earth during the time when the mark is being mandated, please repent of all known sin and begin serving the Lord Jesus Christ without reservation now.  Give your lives to him now in complete surrender.  Fast and pray for guidance. God might covenant with you to protect you and keep you safe when the time comes when the world is receiving the mark of the beast. 

related articles:

The Mark of the Beast Paradigm Shift
LEFT BEHIND Authors Answer Questions About Chang
Authors Say Forced Mark is a Very Credible Scenario
Can a True Christian Willfully Reject God and Take the Mark of the Beast?
It APPEARS Christians Will Not Have the Mark of the Beast?
The Left Behind Message Board and the Mark of the Beast Attitudinal Change Plan

return to: Exposing False Doctrines in the Left Behind Series

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