Friday, July 12, 2013

Emotion's Slippery Slope

There is a pastor (well, there are a lot, but I'm referencing one here) who sometimes blurts out something about the "pernicious doctrine of Calvinism").  Like atheists, he cannot imagine a God Who would create "vessels of wrath fitted for destruction" (Rom. 9:22) along with those "vessels fitted for mercy" (Rom. 9:23)

In any case, what is obvious to me, is that many people imagine themselves autonomous, free and in a neutral state so as to be able to choose utterly independently between good and evil, heaven or hell.  Their great objection, as I see it, is in finally accepting that God is God.  THEY want to be in the equation.  Yes, God is God, they think, but "I have the independence, power and ability to resist Him."  God says He "wishes none should perish" but we humans are capable of defeating His wishes, thinks the human-free-will proponent.

Never mind that this is a wrong interpretation of 2 Peter 3:9 which actually is about God wanting none of His ELECT to perish (and so, which they don't, because Jesus says, "All the Father gives me will come to me" John 6:37) . . . but in the end you have either a concept of reality where God is absolute Lord OR where the creature is ultimately lord, able to frustrate the King's decrees.

The creature-centered mind is driven by personal emotion.  Hurt, frightened, outraged . . . it says, "MY God would not send people to an eternal hell of torment and damnation!  He is all-loving!"

Which is true.  The self-centered, creature-exalting heart does NOT have a god that would send people to hell.

But the God of the BIBLE would and does.  And since He is perfect, holy, just and righteous, and love . . . then it is perfect, holy, just and righteous and loving that He does so.  And not only that, but "broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat."  Matt. 7:13

The emotional "free-will" thinker walks a slippery slope.  It is not long until their personal horror at the idea of hell--which is clearly taught in the Bible, by Jesus Himself--begins to spin new interpretations and twistings to come up with an alternative notion that . . . "well, maybe yes there is a hell . . . but it doesn't really last forever.  Everybody gets saved in the end."

This is the "universalist" heresy and is the bailiwick of sentimentalist free-willers whose emotions simply can't tolerate the God of the Bible, as He depicts Himself.  Surely, He doesn't really mean that "He is angry with the wicked every day . . . and . . . prepared for him the instruments of death" . . . ?  [Kind of like how the serpent beguiling Eve whispered, "did God really say _______?"]

Soon, like Rob Bell, the autonomous "free thinker" is also declaring that God does not really condemn homosexuality and same-sex marriage.  "It's not fair" . . . "it's not 'loving'" . . . .

And then, once the libertarian has begun to question this and those plain (although scary and difficult) passages of the Word . . . it is just a skip and a jump to start questioning more:  "Was the world really created in just 6 days?  Science says_______" . . . . Did Jesus really walk on water, or was that just a metaphor?" . . . . Or, as Bill O'Reilly--new self-proclaimed expert on biblical Christianity says, "The Bible is all just allegory."

Hmmmm . . . . .

How about . . . why not let God be God . . . and just accept what He says, whether it is pleasing to our own emotional proclivities or not?  Why not just submit to what He says and accept that He is Lord of every thing and every one? 

The way of personal emotional reaction . . . is the broad and easy way to blasphemy and heresy and destruction. . . .

Does it matter whether this or that version of the Word is taught?  Should we care whether a pastor or teacher is changing, reinterpretating, twisting the plain teachings of "God's whole counsel?"

Well, according to Paul, YES, who said, "But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!"

Sadly, it is true.  Many . . . simply cannot believe in a God who would make some vessels for wrath and some for mercy, and that, in every case, it ALL redounds to His glory.

So, they create another god, in their own image--how THEY imagine God should be--and THAT is what they teach and ultimately worship.  A false idol.

And unless they repent, they will be going to that hell they "simply cannot believe in."


Mark said...

Yeah....I remember when Bil used to say " your humble corespondant".

It takes alot of pride to proclaim oneself "Humble".But Bill is pretty full of himself.

Brenda James said...

well said bro.. you're so right! Gods Word cuts like a knife and most people cannot swallow it whole. Yep, the Truth hurts and reality will bite for many souls on Judgement day! ;( Lord have mercy!

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