“I attended the yoga class and I remember one day we got the giggles because we were just enjoying it so much and we thought, ‘Well, this is the way church should be. We should be able to have other aspects of our lives here,’” she said.
So much wrong in that statement alone. But, I guess this is what happens when we diminish the value of church and its lofted place in the culture is reduced. I understand the financial hardships many churches face, but this is not the solution.
Todd captures how many unbelievers (and, I dare say, even some believers) view Hell. “Sure, it’s not Heaven,” they say, “but all my friends will be there.” Or, they assume that the joy they find in sinning here on earth will continue with the same activities, in just a slightly warmer environment. Some even go as far as to say they would prefer Hell because Heaven sounds boring.
This betrays a lack of understanding of Hell that is largely the result of the church’s failure to preach on the reality of Hell for far too long.
Look at the sermons of Edwards, of Calvin, or Spurgeon. When they talked of Hell, it was never lightly or dismissively. Edwards wrote extensively about the reality of Hell, most famously in his sermon, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. Spurgeon was even quoted as saying, “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies.” Why would he say such a thing if Hell is just one big party? None of these great men of the faith would have thought to trivialize the horrors of Hell.
But, today many people (and even pastors) do. They assume that Hell will not be a big deal (if they even admit to its reality). Some even go so far as to say they will be going to Hell when they die - and do so without any fear or reservation. And, while it’s easy to assume that’s just unbelievers, Christians often show a similar lack of fear about the reality of Hell.
Think of the last time you sinned. No matter what that sin was, it was an affront to the holiness of God and a violation of His law, fully deserving His wrath in Hell as its right reward. Yet, you (and I, for sure!) sinned anyway, knowing (even subconsciously) that the penalty for that sin, apart from the work of Christ, deserves punishment in Hell for eternity. So, you see, even we Christians also often fail to tremble at the thought of Hell as we should, betraying a similar lack of understanding of the gravity of Hell that unbelievers do.
Yes, we find comfort in the blood-bought promises of Christ that our sins are forgiven, but I don’t think we should dismiss Hell simply because it is not our future. Those torments, those horrors should make us tremble, should make us fear, and that fear should drive us to Christ in appreciation and admiration.
But, as with the unbeliever, the truth of Hell is absent from many modern churches and it has done a disservice to many - both saved and unsaved. Pastors, in an effort to grow their attendance, will avoid a discussion of Hell, or even outright deny its existence. They choose to focus on the love of God to the detriment of the wrath of God, thus giving an incomplete and inaccurate picture of who God is. And, by so doing, minimize the horrors of hell as well as cloud the understanding of their hearers of the justice of Hell. Not only does this fail to present the dangers of sin accurately, but it fails to properly illustrate the extent of the grace of God in saving them from those horrors.
It’s time we recaptured the doctrine of Hell and use it to implore sinners to be saved and the saved to rejoice in the Savior.
“Look, men are in a role of leadership in many areas,” Watson began. “Men are protectors. We are providers.”
“Many women would not be seeking abortions if the men involved in their lives were doing what they were supposed to be doing,” he concluded. “And that’s a challenge to myself, that’s a challenge to all men who are listening, that’s a challenge to men everywhere to step up.”
But there’s a reason that Democrats and abortion-rights supporters are so focused on and opposed to this legislation, to the point of lying about it. Although the bill doesn’t restrict abortion rights, it brings into crystal-clear focus the irrationality of the pro-abortion position. If those who support abortion concede that perhaps there is something wrong with permitting an infant to die the moment after birth if it was meant to have been aborted one minute earlier, suddenly the question becomes, “Why is it acceptable to perform that abortion one minute earlier?”
If the infant has moral status when it is wholly outside the womb, why not one minute earlier when it is partially, or even wholly, inside his or her mother? Does the moral status of this human being hinge on its developmental stage or its location? These are the types of questions that defenders of the abortion movement will do anything to avoid confronting.
Therin lies the crux of the argument. And there is one side that is set on ensuring the continuation of the culture of death.
In these divided times, it is important that we refrain from personal attacks and overheated rhetoric. So when I say that the Democratic Party is filled with bloodthirsty lunatics, understand that I do not intend it as an insult. It is just a description, and it is the most generous possible description I can muster at this point. In fact, I am doing them a big favor by calling them lunatics. But I believe in seeing the best in people.
How people can hold the murderous values that so many do when it comes to abortion is shocking, appalling, and worthy of our prayers for them to see the truth.