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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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Where the Fires are Not Quenched: Biblical, Theological & Pastoral Perspectives on Hell

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For over 2000 years the mainstream Christian church has affirmed the biblical teaching of eternal punishment in hell. In the last fifty years, however, a significant shift in belief has occurred among Christians, even among some evangelicals. The influence has come both from within and without. Outside the church, philosophers such as Bertrand Russell claimed that any profoundly humane person could not believe in everlasting punishment. For Russell, it “is a doctrine of cruelty”, responsible for producing generations of “cruel torture”. Our postmodern society’s love of ‘tolerance’ and ‘each-to-his-own truth’ means that the concept of a God punishing people in hell forever is not only intolerable, it’s laughable. Inside the church, well-known evangelicals have brought the subject under increasing scrutiny. Some have demoted the topic of hell to a ‘secondary issue’, encouraging the tolerance of both traditionalist and conditionalist interpretations. John Stott, who describes himself as “agnostic” on the issue, has said that “the ultimate annihilation of the wicked should at least be accepted as a legitimate, biblically founded alternative to their eternal conscious torment.” Brian McLaren, an advocate for the emerging church, also opts for a form of ‘agnosticism’, downplaying the issue and wishing to focus on the positives rather than deal with the hard texts on hell. More recently, he has attempted “to deconstruct our conventional concepts of hell in the sincere hope that a better vision of the gospel of Jesus Christ will appear”.

 

 

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Re. Emerging Church - talk about building with wood, hay, and stubble!!! (1 Cor 3:12-17)

"The so-called “emerging church” is the stepchild of postmodernism. This ideology contends it is arrogant to believe that one knows the truth; instead the “truth” is that truth is only determined subjectively, being fashioned by culture, not Scripture. Is this concept even remotely associated with a logical thought process?

It is contended that each person must find his own way to God, and not be addicted to “bibliolatry.” This sounds like the philosophy of those rebels who lived in the dark ages of Israel’s history (Judges 21:25). The “emergist” believes all are arrogant who do not subscribe to his elastic view of truth. He absolutely knows one cannot know absolute truth.

Several of these aberrant ideas have found their way into churches that once were conservative. For example, it is argued by an increasing number that we cannot declare as gospel truth that those are wrong who disagree with our “traditional” teaching. All teaching is now declared to be mere tradition."

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The Emerging Church Movement-The New Face of Heresy : Christian Courier

 

Meanwhile Christ is building His ekklesia and the gates of hades shall not prevail against it. Matt 16:18

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I have never had a problem with Hell or with the wicked being sent there because the bible makes it clear that unforgiven sin will send one to hell.  My problem is why God wants to adopt us sinners into His family so that we can join Him in heaven for eternity and He did this before the foundation of the world!!!!!  I just can't seem to wrap my mind around His great grace, His absolute mercy or His wonderful love.  Maybe when I get to heaven I will.

 

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8 minutes ago, Benji said:

I have never had a problem with Hell or with the wicked being sent there because the bible makes it clear that unforgiven sin will send one to hell.  My problem is why God wants to adopt us sinners into His family so that we can join Him in heaven for eternity and He did this before the foundation of the world!!!!!  I just can't seem to wrap my mind around His great grace, His absolute mercy or His wonderful love.  Maybe when I get to heaven I will.

 

Benji

Hi Benji, Hope you're having a good day/evening. [10:52AM where I am]. I'm curious to know if you have heard of the Emerging Church heresy movement. It's becoming quite prevalent over here [NZ]. Strangely some senior saints are falling for its "user friendly" vibe. 

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