There is a new book out there by a very popular Christian pastor that has stirred up a lot of controversy in the last week. The premise of his book is that in the end God can't ultimately send people to hell. He says that in the end "Love Wins" (also the book title in case you are curious).
You all know that I am wary of the popular stuff. Any author which becomes so hugely popular or any pastor whose church becomes so obnoxiously huge that ultimately the focus is on them instead of God is a HUGE red flag to me.
As far as this new book, let me just say in simple terms. God won't send people to hell in the end. People will send themselves to hell. God gave us a choice. He did everything possibly to lead us to Him. He drew a path, wrote us a love letter, sent His only Son to die for us and gave us the Holy Spirit to whisper words to encourage us to make that choice. Ultimately though? That is our choice. If we choose to reject him then that is our choice. Will it grieve Him and break His heart. I believe it hurts Him beyond words. But as he said, "The wages of sin is death."
This author's book is following the premise that too many churches are following today. They don't want people to feel uncomfortable. If thinking about hell feels uncomfortable now, being there is going to be a lot worse!
I have experienced a lot of loss and death since the beginning of the year. Quite a few of those people did not know Christ. They never made that choice. My heart still hurts over that.
However, it has made my burden for those in my life who haven't yet made that choice even greater. I pray more for them than ever before. Oh how I wish I could make that choice for them. I know I can't.
I guess that is why books like this recent one frustrates me so much.