"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11
| Lloyd-Jones on the folly of thinking God is only love and ignoring punishment and hell|
Lloyd-Jones could have been saying this for the 21st Century not the 20th. There really is nothing new under the sun:
All this modern preaching on the fact that God is love is an indication of the same attitude and spirit. We are told today that the old sermons that preached the law and talked about conviction of sin and called people to repentance were all wrong because they were legalistic . . .So it is said that we must return to the message of Jesus. We must get rid of all our theology, our argumentation and doctrineit is all unnecessary. The business of preaching is to tell people that God is love. It does not matter what they are, or what they have been, or what they have done, or what they may doGod loves them. Nobody will ever be punished. There is no law; so there is no retribution and no hell . . .
Dignitaries in the church tell us that what we need is a religionless Christianity. One of them has written a book in which he says that if you really want to find God, do not go to places of worship. He says that he has found more of God in the brothels and beer parlors of Algeria than he has ever found in a church. Kindness, love for one anotherthat, we are told, is the message. This is all just a very clever, modern, sophisticated, philosophical way of saying, No repentance!
. . . If you know the message of the Bible at all, you will be in no difficulty about answering this question. Repentance is essential to salvation. There is no salvation without it . . . If you say you need a Savior, it must be because you realize that the life you have been living is wrong and sinful, that it deserves the judgment and punishment of God and of hell . . . the object of that death upon the cross was to reconcile us to God. It is a personal reconciliation. Christs death does not just put us right with a lawit puts us right with a person . . . to have this relationship, this communion and fellowship with God, we must be like Him. We see that we must be righteous, for there is no communion between light and darknessthat is impossible, and therefore we must be delivered from all that is wrong and evil. That is repentance . . .
The world needs to be reminded of judgment. This country [England) is becoming lawlessall countries areand it is no use trying to solve the problem by passing acts of Parliamentyou cannot do it . . .you need to change human nature. The trouble is in the human heart, on both sides of industry. Because people have no idea of the judgment of God, they ultimately have no sense of responsibility. Every man is out for himself, trying to get the best for himself . . . The world needs to know that it is rushing in the direction of final judgment. Only the prospect of judgment can sober it and bring it to its senses, and it is the business of the preaching of the Gospel to tell the world that, and not to say that God loves everybody and therefore everybody is going to heaven. Our Lord preached judgment, as we have seen; that is the sole explanation of why He died.
David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Victorious Christianity, 1st U.S. ed. (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2003), 66-74.
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
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| Re: Lloyd-Jones on the folly of thinking God is only love and ignoring punishment and|
"Because people have no idea of the judgment of God, they ultimately have no sense of responsibility. Every man is out for himself, trying to get the best for himself . . . The world needs to know that it is rushing in the direction of final judgment. Only the prospect of judgment can sober it and bring it to its senses, and it is the business of the preaching of the Gospel to tell the world that, and not to say that God loves everybody and therefore everybody is going to heaven. Our Lord preached judgment, as we have seen; that is the sole explanation of why He died.
Great wisdom here
1Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
These verses teach that eternal judgment is in the very foundation/first principles of the doctrine of Christ. I realize now what an essential part of the gospel judgment/hell are. Even though I've misused hell in witnessing before I'm realizing that it is still totally right to remind people of it and especially emphasize it to those who are careless and unconcerned about their salvation. And especially tell people that Jesus emphasized eternal judgment/hell in his preaching. We can easily mistakenly believe that people are already aware of judgment and hell and therefore we don't need to talk about it. Not true; people do know about them (Romans 1:32) but have suppressed their reality and put them out of their minds (Romans 1:18-19), at least in regard to themselves. Accompanied by conviction of sin and an understanding of the true righteousness of Jesus, judgment is a necessary tool the Holy Spirit uses to testify Christ to the world (John 16:8-11). Paul preached it accompanying the gospel to insist on repentance as the necessary response on our part.
4Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
5But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
Also Revelation 14:6-7 should challenge the modern gospel Martyn Lloyd-Jones speaks of.
6And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
7Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
8And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
9And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
10And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
11And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
Consider all that with John 3:16-21 to see the deadly half truth of the "all love gospel" and to get a true understanding of what Jesus meant to believe in him in John 3:16.
16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
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