I recently heard an evangelical missionary quote a daily devotional. The name of the devotional was not given, but it sure sounded like “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. Don’t let the title fool you. It is not Jesus who is calling. It is simply Mrs. Young pretending to be Jesus and saying to her readers all the things she wishes Jesus would say to her. Anyway, the devotional was quoted after a brief explanation of how much the devotional was helping this person get through a particularly difficult time in which the person was tempted to judge several individuals, none of them Christians, who the person believed had sinned against him and his family. Here are the supposed words of God that were quoted:
“Thank me that I am able to meet your needs even when others let you down. Praise Me that I am able to transform their lives as well as yours. Just as My Son died for you, My child, He died for them. When you judge and condemn them, your attitude breaks my heart.”
Packing this much heresy into just four sentences takes a special skill. I find it hard to believe that any Christian could hear these words and think that they came from the God of the Bible. There is so much wrong with this quote that I hardly know where to begin. So, let’s just start at the beginning.
The first sentence is, on its own, quite good. Though I think it is blasphemous to put words in God’s mouth, I do believe it is a good thing to thank God for meeting the needs of his people. That, however, is not the focus of the sentence. The focus is on “even when others let you down.” The focus is on the other people who, for whatever reason, did not do for you whatever it was you needed them to do for you. When this happens, thank God that he is able to step in and fill the void.
The second sentence, by itself, is not too bad either. We should praise God for his ability to transform lives. Again, though, the focus is not on the praise of God’s infinite ability. Rather, the focus is on the people who can have their lives transformed. If the focus were on God’s infinite ability, the reader would be told to praise God for demonstrating his infinite ability by transforming some people with his grace and by destroying other people with his wrath.
The third sentence is where things really start to get out of shape. If it is true that Jesus died equally for both his children and all the other people in the world, then one of three heresies must necessarily be true.
1) If Jesus died for everyone, then everyone is going to heaven. If the wrath of God was poured out on Jesus on the cross for all the sins of all mankind, then God’s wrath has been extinguished. There is no more wrath to come. There is no hell, and everyone is going to heaven. This is the heresy of universalism.
2) If Jesus died for everyone but not everyone is going to heaven, then Christ’s sacrifice must not have been sufficient. It must not have worked for some people. Christ must not have been able to take all of God’s wrath upon himself. The blood of Jesus must not have been able to completely cover everyone’s sin. I do not know that this heresy has a particular name, but it certainly denies the deity of Christ as it rejects his infinite ability and value.
3) If Jesus died for everyone but not everyone is going to heaven and the sacrifice of Christ was one of infinite worth, then God is not just. If Jesus was punished for the sins of John Doe and John Doe goes to hell, then God will have punished two people for the sins John Doe committed. If a judge decides to execute his own son in the place of a murderer and then later decides to go ahead and execute the murderer as well, that judge will have perverted justice and should be removed from the bench. The same is true with God. If he punishes his Son in the place of sinners and then decides to go ahead and punish the sinners as well, he is no longer just and should be removed from his throne. Fortunately, that is not what God does. He most certainly punished his Son in the place of particular sinners, but those particular sinners will never face punishment themselves. There are other sinners who will face punishment. These are the people for whom Christ did not die. Their sins have not been covered. God’s wrath against them has not been satisfied, and his eternal judgment awaits them.
The fourth sentence is an outright rejection of God’s character. Why would God’s heart be broken when those who he will judge and condemn are judged and condemned? The judgment and condemnation of the reprobate brings great joy to God’s heart. What would break God’s heart would be to declare the wicked anything other than guilty. Their sin is ultimately against God, and to declare their acquittal is to deny God of his right to retribution. Denying God his rights is not something any of us should be in the business of doing.
I said that I find it hard to believe that any Christian could hear the words of this devotional and think that they came from the mouth of God. Anyone who does think so is clearly blind to what is written within the pages of the Bible. With that said, I don’t find it hard to believe that the vast majority of evangelicals would believe these words came from the mouth of God. This is because the vast majority of evangelicals think that Jesus loves everyone equally and died for all the sins of all people. They think that judgment is inherently contrary God’s character. They think that Christians are required to offer blanket forgiveness to anyone and everyone who sins against them because that is what Jesus does. They think God’s glory is seen mostly in that he fills various voids in their lives and transforms people from something bad to something good. They think God is something that he is not, and they love him that way. They love the Jesus who comes forth from the mouth of the likes of Mrs. Young. The problem, though, is that this Jesus does not actually exist. He is merely an idol invented by heretics and planted in the minds of the gullible masses in today’s Church.
So, who is calling? Hell is calling; and unfortunately, the masses are listening.