I was riding with a friend when he pulled up behind an SUV that had “God loves you” written on the back window. We were discussing spiritual things, so I asked him a tough question. Do you know why the statement “God loves you”, by itself, is totally inappropriate to tell people?

The one thing that is NOT lacking in what we are telling the world is that God is love. Love, love, love, love, love. My radio station said “you should not believe what you hear about Jesus unless it begins and ends with love”.  Emails I have been sent say “if God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it!” UGGGH!!

When you start off with God’s love, you have nowhere to go.  How do say, “Well, God loves you, but He is going to be forced to send you to Hell.” That makes no sense.  I hear non-Christians tell me over and over again things like “a loving god would not send someone to Hell”, “if god is all loving and all forgiving as Christians say he is…”, “How could a god of love create a place of everlasting torment?” “Isn’t God supposed to be all forgiving?” “My god understands that we make mistakes.”

When we do talk about Hell, people get offended. They have been told God loves them, not angry at them. It’s like a criminal brought before the judge and the bailiff tells him, “Ya know, the judge REALLY loves you!”  And then the criminal comes out to a judge full of anger at his crimes and says, “I am forced to sentence you to prison for the rest of your life.” The criminal can’t understand it. He thinks that his “minor” mistakes are in the past, they are not big deal, and besides he has done more good than bad.

People first need know that He is angry and sin- He is angry at THEM.  They need to know He is holy and righteous and will, by no means, overlook sin.  And then, if they are not trying to justify their sin, we can reveal God’s love the way the Bible does; “Here in is God’s love, not that we loved Him, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a propitiation for our sins.” (1Jn 4:10) God’s love is expressed in the cross of Christ. But preaching Christ crucified is foolishness to those whose hearts have not been broken by the Law of God. (1Cor 1:18) Only a heart that has been plowed up will receive the farmers seed.

If we continue to push this “squishy” god to the world, we are going to end up with false religions that call themselves Christian but remove Hell altogether, or claim that everyone goes to Heaven… oh, wait… we already have that… sorry!


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  1. Yes, we gotta tell the world about Hell. Just as Jesus did!

    Offering the cure without explaining the disease, doesn’t make sense. We gotta start with the Law, judgement and Hell (disease) to then give the Gospel (cure) with God’s Law, forgiveness and justification.

    It is just sad that in some Christian circles and to make the message more appealing, the disease has been removed. They offer Christ as life-enhacement and no as life-saver.

    God bless.

  2. Well, they do need to know that God loves them, and that he has a good plan for their life. If we don’t tell them that then we aren’t telling them the Gospel, meaning “Good News”. God doesn’t dislike the person, he dislikes the sin. He sent His only son to die for us. Is God a just god? Yes. Do they need to know that there is punishment for sinning? Yes, but they need to know that God’s grace is right there, just around the corner, waiting to forgive them as soon as they accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. :)


  3. Well, I would ask, is God going to throw the sinner into Hell, or their sin? You cannot separate the two. We sin BECAUSE we are sinners. God is coming to pour out his wrath on the ungodly. Kinda sounds like he is angry at them. Godly sorrow works repentance, and we don’t accept Christ, he accepts us.

    One other note, if you talked with the people who were going to die in the 9/11 attacks a day before the attack, would you say that God had a “good” plan for their life? Burning, suffocating, falling, pain, death… God does have a plan, but a person’s definition of a “good” plan usually does not involve what Christ told us would happen… Trials, tribulation and persecution. That is not what I think of when I think of a good plan. Read what I had to say about Bill Brights 4 misguided laws.

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