YouTuber Victor Uzodimma submitted the below comment under my video entitled “Gods Cup of Wrath for many, or Christs Vicarious Atonement for some.” The following is a snapshot of his comment, and then my response to him.
Dear Victor Uzodimma thank you for your public comment. Your comment has been approved, and the following is my response.
Victor your comment may be in-line with a majority of our postmodern westernized evangelicalism, but it is not Biblical.
God’s Love, Hell, Running Towards God, Fear and Wrath:
Victor you said “I believe you should start out with telling them about God’s love and not scare them With hell first.”
First you said I should “start out…” Victor Biblical evangelism will use Gods Law. Man cannot know his sickness, and need for salvation, unless he knows what he needs to be saved from (sin). As Martin Luther said, “The Law discovers the disease, the Gospel gives the remedy.”
Regarding the Law. The Law is initially for the unsaved, while the enjoyments of the Gospel is for the saved.
Pauls’ Pastoral instruction is in 1 Tim 1:8-11, “But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.”
Victor the Law is our Tutor (or Schoolmaster). It says in in Gals 3:19-25,
“What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one. Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.”
Regarding “love.” Victor I reviewed my video. During the first 38 seconds of my sermon, I used the word “love” four times, and more times throughout my sermon. But more importantly, I demonstrated a Biblical love.
A Biblical love warns them of their soon coming judgement, hell, and the wrath of God. But sadly today a majority of ‘professing’ Christians demonstrate a worldly, sensual, unbiblical love that is tolerant of sinfulness.
When the Scriptures speak of God’s love, His love is expressed towards His chosen people (or His church). God’s love for the lost is a mere benevolent love, it is not the same love that He demonstrated for His church. As a matter of fact, the Scriptures also speak of what and whom God hates.
The Bible describes the unsaved as enemies of the Lord, sons of perdition, and children of wrath. Therefore they must be evangelized accordingly.
Regarding “hell.” You said that I should “not scare them With hell first. The Lord Jesus spoke more about hell, than He did heaven. So if a Christian is to be more like Jesus, then speaking more about hell is Biblical.
Regardng a “run towards God.”
You said “They should run towards God for his love.” Victor it is theologically impossible for any lost sinner to “run to God.” The following passage is written to Christians.
Paul said in Ephesians 2:4-5, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),”
This word “dead” here comes from the Greek work ‘nekrós’ (νεκρός), it is an adjective. By short definition this ‘nekrós’ means that before a person was saved (born-again), they were metaphorically and spiritually DEAD, dead as a corpse in a graveyard.
By long definition it also means they are “not able to respond to impulses, or perform functions; unable, ineffective, dead, powerless;” or “unresponsive to life-giving influences (opportunities); inoperative to the things of God” (Greek Lexicon helps, L & N, 1, 74.28).
Which means because they were dead (before salvation), they are not able to “run to God,” nor respond to the things of the Lord.
Regarding “fear” and “wrath.” You said that it is wrong for me to cause them to have any “fear of his wrath.”
The fear that came out of my preaching is simply kindergarten Christianity. It says in Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
The most loving thing a Christian can do, is warn the unregenerate of God’s wrath. As I mentioned in my sermon, John chapter 3 warns that if they are not born again, they are already condemned, and “the wrath of God abides upon them.”
Christians are told to preach the “whole counsel of God” through His Word (Acts 20:27).
Victor I do not know if you profess to be saved, or not. But I believe you might be trying to “suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18-32). The Bible also warns that “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18). So my question to you, is my preaching foolishness to you, because you are perishing? Please read my Gospel tract below.
THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL