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Re: “Evangelicals making tracks in Hot Springs

Cliff,
I want to first temper my comments by admitting that I don’t know you, and I don’t understand fully what it is that you believe or what it is that you are trying to say in your comments above. Even though that is true, I know that you raise up some particular concerns or questions that others share either to one extent or another and I would like to respond to one line of reasoning that you use – in particular your assessment of the God of the Old Testament and your view of His character and actions. I would ask any and all of those who say they believe in Jesus and share in your views in this regard to consider the following:
As one sinful man to another I ask you, just as the one thief crucified with the Lord Jesus asked the other, “Don’t you fear God, since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” (Luke 23:40-41) The God of the Old Testament is the God of the New Testament, and He is absolutely not insane as you so carelessly accuse Him to be. On the contrary, His righteous judgments throughout history have revealed the reality of His holiness and the greatness of His power so we should be in awe of Him rather than bring condemnation upon ourselves by foolish conduct. You, however, in this case, condemn yourself by your own words. Have you not read what the historical Jesus said, “But I tell you that men will have to give an account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matt 12:36-37) May God have mercy on your soul, friend, if indeed, you believe in the historical Jesus as you say, that is, in the historical Jesus that suffered and died a terrible death for your sins (and mine). He did this not because we deserve to be saved or because we deserve to be forgiven but because of God’s great love for us! All mankind deserves to be condemned – however that condemnation may come, either at the hands of an invading army, a deadly disease, or some other human tragedy that none of us would want to face, none of that matters because none of these sentences can even compare to the ultimate horror of being cut off from God for eternity in the agony of hell and of eternal fire, yet that too is a just judgment for our sin.

Think about it. Why else did Jesus have to suffer and die for us anyway, if it was not to save us from suffering and dying??! God is just. Do you understand? God is just. And He is holy. HOLY. We are not. He is Supreme. There is none other higher than He. We are at His mercy. To claim that the God of the Old Testament as you call Him, is insane or somehow unjust as the other words you use to describe Him suggest is skewed and twisted. Do you not fully understand the gospel? I am concerned that you do not truly worship the God of the Bible or the God of the Lord Jesus as He truly is. Remember the words of Jesus, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and truth.” As Revelation 14:6-7 states of the eternal gospel, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship Him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.” It is only right that we acknowledge the truth of His highness, His holiness, and His justice for only then can we receive His mercy and salvation! I strongly admonish before the Lord that you repent of your careless thoughts and words toward the one true Living God! Otherwise, I fear for you that, as the Lord Himself said, your words condemn yourself.

In the name of Christ I submit these thoughts to you.

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Posted by markf on 05/19/2011 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Evangelicals making tracks in Hot Springs

Right on Pastor Jones! Thank God for your stance and your impact on Hot Springs and that of others in your city who partner with you!

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Posted by markf on 05/18/2011 at 4:37 PM

 

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