Friday, October 21, 2011

Who deserves to go to Hell?

Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Muammar Ghadaffi, Osama Bin Laden, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and you.

The reason why is because God's standard, His measuring stick, His lowest denominator, His minimum requirement of morality & goodness is Jesus. If we measure up short compared to the righteousness of Jesus at all, we fall short of the glory of God & deserve the punishment for our bad, evil choices.

Quick facts from Scripture:
1. Jesus didn't even refer to Himself as good (Mark 10:18).
2. Jesus taught that unless our righteousness surpassed the holy leaders, we couldn't dwell with God (Matthew 5:20).
3. James, the one sent out by Jesus to teach, also Jesus' brother, taught that if we obey God in every area yet stumble in one part, we are guilty before God, as if we broke every law (James 2:10).
4. The Bible teaches that there are none righteous, not even one. We have all turned aside, we all ignore God. We all have done evil & have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:10-20).
5. We can never do enough good, pay enough penance, say enough prayers, go to church enough, give enough money, help enough old ladies, to get out of the evil we have committed, the law we have broken. Our best efforts are like filthy bloody menstrual rags (Isaiah 64:6).

Do those listed above deserve Hell more than you or I? No. Now what they did was especially destructive, evil, and hurt many many many people whom God loves. No doubt what they did was very damnable, according to Scripture. But let's be honest, don't we all break God's law?

Here is a test, from Scripture, to see if you stand guilty before God or innocent:
If you have done any of these you are guilty (this list is not exhaustive)-
1. From the line of Adam.
2. Ever looked at a women to lust after her?
3. Ever hated someone in your heart?
4. Ever called someone an idiot?
5. Ever disobeyed your parents?
6. Ever stolen anything? Then you are a thief.
7. Ever put anything else in your life besides living for God's glory?
8. Ever treated someone without love?
9. Ever lied? That would make you a liar.
10. Ever talked negatively about someone to someone else?
11. Ever made up a hurtful story about someone?
12. Ever bragged about something you've done & taken the credit for yourself?
13. Ever walked past a needy person without helping them?
14. Ever cheated on your taxes?
15. Ever not loved God with all your heart & soul?
16. Ever not loved God with all your resources?
17. Ever been discontent with what you have?
18. Ever initiated a divorce?
19. Ever hoarded wealth for yourself?
20. Ever done something that could have gotten someone else killed?
21. Ever ripped on a leader God put in place (a president, etc)?
22. Ever bullied someone?

How many of these have you done? How many do you do every day? Now let me be curt, how many times a day do you break God's law & become a guilty law breaker?
See how guilty we really are? We are all guilty, and the punishment for sin is Hell, eternal separation from God's blessing in a place of great pain. That is how serious sin is to God.

Now let me ask the question again. Who deserves to go to Hell?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Refuting the L in Calvinism's TULIP "Limited Atonement"

"Jesus died only for the elect. Though Jesus’ sacrifice was sufficient for all, it was not efficacious for all. Jesus only bore the sins of the elect. Support for this position is drawn from such scriptures as Matt. 26:28 where Jesus died for ‘many'; John 10:11, 15 which say that Jesus died for the sheep (not the goats, per Matt. 25:32-33); John 17:9 where Jesus in prayer interceded for the ones given Him, not those of the entire world; Acts 20:28 and Eph. 5:25-27 which state that the Church was purchased by Christ, not all people; and Isaiah 53:12 which is a prophecy of Jesus’ crucifixion where he would bore the sins of many (not all)."


I hope this is not the defense, or the argument used for this view. Here is why-

The person who wrote this agrues that these verses teach that Jesus died for His sheep and for the Church. While this is true, these verses do not limit His death being for the sheep or Church. The writer goes beyond the teaching of scripture here by concluding something that is not concluded in the passage.

To lay it out clearly the verses teach:

1. Jesus died for the sheep, for the Church.

2. The veses do not LIMIT Jesus' death to only the sheep and Church.

3. The verses that talk of Jesus dying for the "many" includes the many, but does not limit it to only the many. It is not ethical to make such a jump.

That being said, the only verse I see here that merits interest, or holds any amount of water is John 17:9 where Jesus says that He is not praying for the world but for the elect. But even with this verse, while He is praying for the elect here, I cannot conclude, exegetically, that this verse teaches that He only died for the elect.

Therefore, if this is the argument for Limited Atonement, I cannot ethically support this, based on an exegetical understanding of Scripture. Also, it seems that John Calvin refutes the L in TULIP- here is a website that has a lot of information on this:

In conclusion- God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosever trusts in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world (people) may be saved through Him.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Curriculum Writing

So I am officially writing curriculum to use in youth group. I am making "Talksheet" formatted lessons. I am pretty excited about this, and hope to get them published. Anyone know a good printer who can do a book format?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Teaching Like Jesus

So, I have been wondering about how Jesus taught. Here are some questions I have been wondering:
1. Did Jesus frontload the discussions or did He teach & then backload the practical aspect?
2. What type of illustrations did Jesus use?
3. Who was Jesus primary target audience?

Monday, October 3, 2011

My Child Doesn't Like Church

Here are 3 videos, I made, for you to think through-