Friday, March 25, 2011

stoner is unhip but right

"Growing up in the home of Baptist church planters the important issues were simple and clear: Jesus died on the Cross to save sinners from an eternal Hell and it was the most important thing in the world to share the Gospel so that those who were lost could receive salvation through Christ. Now some may smugly deride that as an embarrassingly reductionist world view. The simple answer is that if you read the four Gospels for yourself, rather than through the second-hand grid of postmodern influencers, you discover an awkward fact: Jesus sounds more like a Baptist church planter than an ecologically sensitive, culturally nuanced, spiritually attuned, hip preacher." ~ Timothy Stoner, Hell’s response: “Let us alone!”

Read his full post - it is well worth it! His closing point ...
It is not funny—not by a long shot. And the ironic truth of the matter is that the reality of an eternal Hell does the most honor to man as an image bearer of God. We are fearfully and wonderfully made and part of that fearfulness is freedom to will against God. The good news of the Gospel is that through Christ, God by His Spirit draws and enables us to choose for God. But He will not force the choice and strong arm a human being to do what he will not do. When the will has issued its resolute and final decision: “I will my will not yours!” The die is cast and, paraphrasing Lewis, God steps aside, withdraws all manifestation of His gracious love and says: “Well then, your will be done in Hell as it is on earth.”

That is why Hell is eternal.

That is why death will irrevocably seal our fate.

That is why none of this is something to laugh about.

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