Tuesday, March 1, 2011

What are we "saved" from as Christians?

According to a website I go to frequently, the Gospel Coalition, there is a new book being released by a pretty well known author and Christian speaker named Rob Bell.  The book is titled Love Wins.  Reviews and interviews by Mr. Bell say that the book discusses heaven, hell, and the after-life.  He, and many new-age Christians, suggests that a loving God would not send any of His creation to Hell for punishment.  
To me the idea that a Christian speaker and author, who must read his Bible regularly, can come to this conclusion is just baffling.  Let me just list a few things Jesus himself said about Hell and Eternal Punishment:

-Matthew 25:41- And then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the      Devil and his angels.'
-and verse 46- 'and these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.'
-Matthew 5:22- "...whoever says, 'You fool!' will be liable to the hell of fire."
-Mark 9:43-49- line after line says, "better than to go to hell, unquenchable fire" "thrown into hell" "where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched."

Shouldn't this be enough for us to KNOW that Hell is real.  Any other logic is the same old Satan trick from the Garden of Eden, "You will not surely die..."  When the Fall of Man happened there, everyone was headed to Hell because sin cannot exist around God.  This quote from C.S. Lewis illustrates the gradual you that needs Jesus as redeemer:

Hell begins with a grumbling mood, always complaining, always blaming others . . . but you are still distinct from it. You may even criticize it in yourself and wish you could stop it. But there may come a day when you can no longer. Then there will be no you left to criticize the mood or even to enjoy it, but just the grumble itself, going on forever like a machine. It is not a question of God 'sending us' to hell. In each of us there is something growing, which will BE Hell unless it is nipped in the bud. - C.S. Lewis

Only by God's grace through Faith in Jesus can this sin be nipped in the bud.  We are counted as Righteous and no longer under the bondage of sin.  An undeserved gift of Grace from the Creator of all.  Our sinful hearts replaced with the seal of Christ, adopted as God's children.  The best part is, he pursues you.  Our sin is huge, but God's grace is bigger!

What are we saved from?  By His mercy and grace, we are saved from an all powerful God's wrath and punishment in Hell (a terrible place, apart from God)

So back to Rob Bell's title LOVE WINS.  He says Love Wins because God is only Love, there is no Wrath.  Well that is not biblical.  As for the title, Bell is right, love does win.  It wins because God's love freely saves us from the eternal punishment we deserve and those that do not know Him or accept Jesus as Savior will go there.  This is how you find true Joy in what Christ has done and finished by defeating Sin.  I pray that I can become more compassionate to those who are not in Christ.  I also pray that God will move in their hearts and open their eyes to all of His Glory.


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