“The foolish shall not stand in [T]hy sight: [T]hou hatest all workers of iniquity. Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: The LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.” (Psalm 5:5,6)
“And then shall I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from [M]e, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:23)
“As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. (Romans 9:13-14)
There are certain doctrines in Scripture that a preacher/teacher knows will anger people. The doctrines of election and definite atonement are two that many people find controversial and would rather not consider. Me thinks this is due to a wrong assumption, RE: Witnessing/Testifying/Soul winning. The believer might think these doctrines discount one’s part in evangelism. The fact is, these doctrines should encourage and excite believers toward evangelism. These doctrines tell us that God’s chosen are “out there” and waiting for you/me/us to share with them the Glorious Gospel of Christ!!! These doctrines should increase one’s wonder of God’s love. One should grow in their love and thankfulness to their Lord, “Christ died for me” when He did not die for others.
Some charge the Calvinistic believer with pride but the opposite is true. The fact that God chose me and Christ died for me is the most humbling of truths and these truths promote life long loyalty and service unto God. This truth does not cause the believer to look down on sinners, instead these doctrines cause the believer to look at everyone with wonder and hope. The believer approaches persons with the possibility in mind, that this is one of His.
The (2) two doctrines above, as we wrote, are trouble-makers but, they are in Scripture and are part of the whole counsel of God. One must not consider the reaction of his listeners, lest he becomes a pleaser of men, which disqualifies him from being a pleaser of God. The preacher must not fear man, nor the evil glare of men or the shaking heads of men. The preacher must fear God and fear God, Alone.
If the above (2) two doctrines are trouble-makers, this next doctrine will burn the church down…metaphorically speaking. Many preachers tell sinners, “God loves you and Christ died for you.” There is no Scripture that warrants any man to utter these words. No man can tell another man, “Christ died for you” because no where in Scripture does it say that. The Scriptures teach that Christ died for sinners. However, no where is that word made personal until said sinner repents and believes. The Scriptures teach that Christ died for us, but the us is the Christ-ians and is after the receiving of Christ. God’s love is not the message to sinners. Repentance from sin and belief in Christ is God’s message to the sinner.
When a preacher proclaims, “God love you” the sinner hears him and then doubts that this God that loves him will ever throw him into Hell. It doesn’t make sense. How can God throw someone He loves into Hell? or How would God even Allow it? If God loves everyone why did He throw fire upon Sodom and Gomorrah? If God loves everyone, why did He say He hates Esau? If God loves everyone why did He allow David’s words in Psalm 5:5,6 to be put in His Word of Truth? If God loves everyone, why does He destroy the bloody man and the deceitful man? The bloody man and the deceitful man are the (2) two extremes of the sinner, or at least, in the human mind they are. The gamut of sin runs from lying, all the way to the murderer. Liar………..>……………..>………………>……………………>…..Murderer. This would indicate that God does not love the liar or the murderer or any life long sinner in between.
Did God love Pharaoh? Did God love the Jebusites, the Canaanites, or any of the nations He commanded Israel to smite? Did God love the worshipers of Molech? Did God love the worshipers of Baal on Mt. Carmel? Did God love the (42) forty-two children that were killed by (2) two she-bears after said children mocked Elisha, God’s prophet? Did God love Haman, of Esther? Did God love Voltaire? Did God love Alistar Crowley, the self proclaimed Beast? Did God love Hitler or Stalin? Did God love Bin Laden? Methinks the answer to the above questions is……. no, nada, nope, no way, etc.
If God loves a person, Christ died for that person, and the Holy Spirit lives in that person, and that person will dwell in God’s Presence whether in Heaven or on earth. If a person dies and goes to Hell it is because God did not love said person and said person did not love God. How can one say that God loves everyone, when Christ, Himself, says, “I never knew you” to the unrepentant and unbelieving sinner. The Scriptures speak of those known and loved by God, before “the foundation of the world.” The Scriptures speak, also, of those that Christ, “never knew.” In these passages the word, know/knew has the force of intimacy or love, as in the Old Testament husband knowing his wife. So, when Christ says to the God hating sinner, “I never knew you,” He is saying, in essence , ” I never loved you.”
Before objectors start quoting John 3:16 and 1 John 2:2 let me answer them. The world in 3:16 speaks to different peoples on the earth. When Herod taxed the whole world, did he, in fact, tax the whole world? Methinks not. When Paul writes, “Your faith is spoken of throughout the world,” Does he mean to say, every person on earth is speaking about your faith? Methinks not. Revelation 5:9 defines the redeemed world as “every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.”
1 John 2:2 speaks to the fact that peoples other than the Jews were saved by Christ’s Propitiation. In Galatians, Paul states that Peter, James, and John would go to the Jews as Paul would go after the Gentile nations. This statement made by Paul brings 1 John 2:2 into perspective and context. When John, an Apostle to the Jews, writes, “And [H]e is the [P]ropitiation for our [Jews] sins: and not for ours [Jews] only, but also for the the sins of the whole world [Gentile nations],” John is speaking of “every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” where the Gospel would seek and save them that are lost.
Christ-ians should not be troubled by this doctrine. It always boggles our mind when Christ-ians side with sinners over Biblical truth and God’s Free Choice. We are to love Him above ALL others, as He has loved us, while not loving others. His love for us is what makes us new creatures in Christ. The Christ-ian is a hybrid, “Simul Justus et Peccator.” The Christ-ian is a saint and a [Justified] sinner at the same time.