Jesus Probably Doesn’t Love You

A small evangelistic leaflet came to my attention recently which drove me in despair to write this post today. The inventors of this evangelistic campaign have a website, and have a strong brand which has been reproduced as bumper stickers, posters and many other formats like our leaflet.

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A corruption of the gospel

I’d love to get rid of this leaflet. I want to collect all copies and have a huge fire. I want this nonsense to stop. Since I have no power to do either, I’m writing this post in the hope that some people will be persuaded.

On a positive note, I like the bold, simple approach of using symbols, and I might just design a leaflet in a similar vein. I’ve no doubt the authors are genuine, loving, zealous, born-again, Bible-believing Christians. That being so, I love them, and want to share with them something I’ve learned, in the hope that their outreach efforts might be more God honouring.

“GOD LOVES ME!”

Are you an unbeliever? Then you have no right to believe God loves you. The Bible says God hates not just the sin but the sinner himself. The only people he loves are his elect, chosen from before the universe was created. (Those who are not elect are without doubt given good things, but it’s not the same, and we shouldn’t even call it “common grace”, let alone “love”.)

If you don’t belong to Jesus Christ, you face a day of judgement when he will pour out his fury on you. You’re on Death Row, and your horrific execution is on the horizon.

There are many pictures used about the judgement. One pictures Jesus Christ crushing his enemies under his feet while their blood splashes up over his clothes. It may be meant as a picture, but the reality will be even worse.

There’s no Biblical example which would warrant us telling the lost that God loves them. Read the book of Acts and look at every message preached. Not once will you find an apostle saying “God loves you!” Now the same can be said of God’s hatred of sinners. However, if you were going to choose one, you’d be better off telling sinners that God hates them with a vengeance. We take our main examples from the Bible, and so we avoid saying this, but it’s the less unwarranted of the two.

“JESUS DIED FOR ME”

When Jesus volunteered to come to this earth and be killed, he did it to save people. This was not a potential salvation, activated by the prayer of a sinner. He secured salvation for his people. All the individuals who his Father entrusted him with were redeemed, all their sins brutally paid for through the internal agony of Jesus.

Imagine an unbeliever is handed one of these leaflets. He’s assured that Jesus is “crazy” about him and wants more than anything else to be his friend. He’s told that Jesus paid for all his sins—every single one of them. “The thing is”, he’s warmly informed by the badly-taught evangelist, “if you want to secure your place in heaven [sic] and be happy, you should say a prayer to Jesus and let him into your heart. After all, he won’t force himself in.”

The man goes away, tempted by the added benefit of the Christian life, but content that all is well with him and God. Quite reasonably, he reasons that if God loves him so much he couldn’t possibly harm him. Whatever “hell” and all that’s about, God wouldn’t send him there, unless he’s playing some sick joke on mankind. From a logical standpoint, too, he concludes that a perfect God can’t punish Christ AND him for the same set of sins. So this man grows old and ends up on his deathbed, with just minutes separating him from eternity. Yet he believes the evangelist who says that though he never got round to saying “the prayer”, God even now loves him intensely.

The man closes his eyes in death. He opens them in what seems a millisecond, and finds himself at the Great Judgement Seat of Jesus Christ. To his horror, Jesus appears not as the effeminate figure painted for him throughout his life, but in his real form, as a holy, righteous God of wrath, preparing to carry out the sentence. Jesus orders the angels to cast him into the Lake of Fire, and so begins the eternal torment of the man who God loves.

The Biblical case against this “God loves you, Jesus died for you” mantra is powerful, and it is no wonder that believers who have some sense of the true Jesus Christ are saddened and infuriated by this emasculation of the Lord of Glory.

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~ by Animus on September 12, 2016.

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