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David Carlson, a Professor of Religious Studies and a member of the Greek Orthodox Church, wrote that the theology underpinning the Left Behind series promotes a "skewed view of the Christian faith that welcomes war and disaster, while dismissing peace efforts in the Middle East and elsewhere--all in the name of Christ".
Some premillennialists, while accepting many of the basic beliefs behind the series, describe problems with specific prophetical teachings in the Left Behind books.
Left Behind: Apocalypse, by Mel Odom The success of the Left Behind books has led to the release of four motion pictures based on the series so far.
All four have been produced by brothers Paul & Peter La Londe, and have been released through Cloud Ten Pictures, an independent Canadian-based Christian movie studio.
The books have not sold particularly well outside of the United States.
Throughout the series, they are in conflict with the Antichrist Nicolae Carpathia during the Tribulation, each in accordance with his or her own divinely-determined destiny.
The primary conflict of the series is the members of the Tribulation Force, an underground network of converts, against an NWO-esque organization, Global Community, and its leader Nicolae Carpathia—the Antichrist.
Left Behind is also the title of the first book in the series.
ECPA President Mark Kuyper said, "In many ways this series established Christian fiction as a significant category in publishing in general." La Haye and Jenkins cite the influence of Russell S.
Doughten, an Iowa-based filmmaker who directed a series of four low-budget but popular feature-length films in the 1970s and 1980s about the Rapture and Second Coming, starting with 1972's A Thief in the Night.
Indeed, the title "Left Behind" echoes the refrain of Thief's early-Christian-rock theme song by Larry Norman.