Commentary By: Gordon King
I just received a comment by someone, not going to name names, stating that I am trying to scare people to God! The very funny thing about this comment was that it was regarding a post I wrote recently about the rapture of the church.
He said that I should not try to scare people to God but that I should just tell them that God loves them and that I should just show them God’s love, that this would be enough. Really? Is this the truth? And how is talking about the rapture of the church even scaring people? If anything it gives hope and comfort! If I merely show people God’s love then is it enough for people to turn to the Lord for Salvation?
Jesus loved people when He was walking the earth, how many people decided then to give their lives over to Him? Not very many my friends, in fact very few! This commenter also seems to state that Jesus only taught about love and not about hatred, about death, about being sent to eternal damnation in hell.
First of all I must state that the entire bible is from God, not just the red verses in the new testament, all of the bible is from the Lord!
2 Timothy 3:16-17
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Our Lord taught us about heaven, but He also taught us about hell! He taught us about love but He also taught us about hate! He taught us about God but He also taught us about Satan! The point is that God taught us about all sorts of things, about His love for us, but also about His judgment and wrath upon the wicked in the world! He taught us what would happen to us if we don’t accept Him as our Lord and Savior, He taught it to us over and over again, He reiterated it many, many times!
The Love of God is one of God’s main attributes that’s for certain, God is love! However, that is not the only attribute of God, nor is it the only thing that we must know about God.
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life! That is wonderful! However, what’s the flip side of this verse? What will happen to those who will not believe in His Son?! Does it even matter? Of course it does!!!
The bible is not even close to be quiet about those who fail to accept His Son Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior! On the contrary my friends, on the contrary! We are told that if we are not born again that we will not see the kingdom of God, that we shall in fact be cast into a lake of fire, that we shall be sent to hell for eternity! Jesus taught it, Jesus spoke about it, and Jesus is God!
Jesus told us in John 14:6
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
If Jesus spoke about it, if Jesus taught it, then shouldn’t we be teaching it as well? Of course we should!
When Jonah preached to Nineveh did he just preach that God loves them? No! He preached to them that if they do not repent of their wicked ways that they would be overthrown!
When Moses went to the Pharaoh he told him what the Lord God had said: “Let My people go!” Did the Pharaoh let His people go? No! And the good Lord poured out plague after plague upon Egypt until he finally relented, as the Pharaoh continued to harden his heart against the Lord.
The point is that they were warned by God ahead of time, He told them what would happen if they did not listen to Him. Shouldn’t we be doing the same? Shouldn’t we be telling people that without God they are eternally destined for hell? Jesus did it, what makes us so much better than Jesus that we should not do it? Are we not to be following in His footsteps?
Did Jesus merely speak about the love of God in order to draw people to Him for salvation? No! He talked about heaven, of hell, of being cast into everlasting darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth! He told people that He was the only way to heaven, that without believing in Him then a person cannot be born again.
We can ignore much of scripture by not telling the whole truth, is that what the Lord wants of us? We can ignore telling people the whole truth, but are we then being a bit deceptive? We can fail to teach the entirety of the bible because much of it hurts, but how can we then say that we love the truth if we ignore the truth?
This is the problem with most of the church today, they fail to teach the whole truth! They ignore much of it, they ignore bible prophecy, they ignore telling us what is coming, to relate current events with scripture, they ignore warning us of coming disasters. Why? Because they are afraid of offending us, afraid of scaring us off, afraid of how people may react.
Am I trying to scare people into heaven? Perhaps, but I would rather scare them into heaven then to please them into hell!
And if we fail to tell people what will happen to them without accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior then they end up in hell for eternity, who’s accountable for their eternal destiny?!
I don’t know where people came up with the idea that Jesus only told people about the love of God and not the other sides of God. That He only told them about God saving them if they believe and not of what would happen to them if they didn’t! That Jesus only spoke of heaven and not of hell! That Jesus told us of what we have to look forward to as believers, but didn’t tell those that were not saved of what they have to look forward to in outer darkness for eternity, of being cast into a lake of fire!
And it really astounds me at just how many believers cannot see that God is warning people about the coming disasters that are about to befall the world! They seem to ignore the entire book of Revelation!
Jesus told us to fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Fear of God to the unbeliever is different than fear of God to the believer. For the unbeliever he or she should fear God, fear what God can do to him or her, they should be scared! For the believer he or she fear God in a different way, in a reverent and humbling way.
I didn’t make these things up my friends, these things didn’t come from me but from God’s word! Jesus came to save the lost, they need to know the truth, the whole truth!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!