Get Out of Hell Free?
Leaders and of some renown and some entire denominations have drifted reintroducing old wine theology in a contemporary wine skin. It is outlined in a book by the title, Love Wins, for example. It captured the imagination of the secular media and others, proposing a form of Universalism. This is a system of theology that applies to people who reject God, that is, do not allow the Lord Jesus to be their Lord. For them they expect a second chance. In other words, since Jesus died for all, we are all saved—eventually. Using conveniently selective passages of scripture, the argument is after death, it is possible to come to faith, gain God’s favor and, thereby, escape Hell.
This thinking captures the imagination of the secular crowd because in the heart of man there is a consensus that we do not have to yield ourselves to serve God and others. We can live our life as we please, the figure it all out after we pass from this planet. Wishful thinking that centuries ago was developed into an intricate synthesis of escape called Purgatory.
For the some in the pew then, it follows then that the task of bringing some to faith in Jesus is trivial. There is no need to be prepared to give an account of the hope that is within us, as there is another hope. Any chance to share Christ can be blown off.
Key passages are not convenient such as,
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleans us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) The scholarly meaning is, if we do not settle with our Creator, well … we remain condemned.
We are saved by grace through faith. (Eph 2:8) (There is no faith required after death when those without Christ clearly see the terror of the mistake of not following Jesus.)
… but as many as received him, to them gave he [the] right to be children of God. (John 1:12) (Those in His family are saved. The others cast out because Jesus never knew them. It is not how much we know about Him, but if He knows us, according to Matt 7:21-23)
How shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? (Heb 2:3) If the offer for salvation is neglected, there is no hope of escape.
The gospel writer says it best in John 3:18 “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already.” We are toast without Christ.
For all who believe and strive to serve, love Leaves no choice to warn people that “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27) As Christ-followers we must be engaged in making disciples of the nations. It is our assignment from on high. We must each consider, what will be my grade on that assignment? One way to explore your options is to login or register at MissionNext. Blessings on you as to make this next step.
Nelson Malwitz, Founder
Nelson is the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. Born in 1946, raised in the C&MA and attended Urbana ’67 in college. He holds an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in R&D positions in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) and served in many leadership capacities of what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext, and serves in program development. Locally he attends a Torah study and is chairman of the sewer commission to serve among unchurched leaders.