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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Some Resources on Hell...

Well, I got back from Resolved (which makes YouthQuake look like an absolute 3 goose gong show...I mean having preaching and doctrinal teaching at a youth conference? 3,500 Kids aren't interested in that, right? All teenagers want bands and events and entertainment, not edification and truth, right?) on Monday night and I'm beyond wiped out today, but I've had this on my heart all weekend and all last week.

If the MB Herald is any sort of indication, the Canadian MB Conference is going to Hell in a handbasket (which is ironic seeing that they're not sure if there's a Hell to go to).

That MB Herald disturbed me more than I realized, and something has to be done. There needs to be some sort of reformation in the MB Conference before it becomes so far gone that they're ordaining homosexuals and running across the countryside on prayer crusades for the purpose of fighting territorial demons.

What makes me the most frustrated is that I'm in another country and don't really have a position of power to do anything..

...And I've got class in 30 minutes and don't have the time to write a series of rebuttals of the recent MB Herald speculations on the nature and existence of Hell. But, if anyone is interested, here's a bunch of links to some solid stuff on Hell from guys who are a lot smarter than I am, as well as some of the biggest fish from throughout history (I added some links after class to fill out some of the history):

From the guys at www.Bible.org:
Article 1
Article 2
Article 3
Article 4

Some thoughts from Jonathan Edwards:
Article 5
Article 6
Article 7
Article 8
Article 9 - A whole work called "The End of the Wicked contemplated by the Righteous" (See sidebar for the chapters)

Some thoughts from Charles Spurgeon
Article 10
Article 11 - " Because this is a wicked age, it will not accept the idea of a real hell; and because it is hypocritical, it will speak of hell, but only with fictitious punishment."

Some thoughts from J.C. Ryle:
Article 12 - "What men do not like, they try hard not to believe." (I believe this is the quote of the day regarding this issue in the MB Conference!)

Some thoughts from John Piper:
Soundbyte 1 - Great stuff that's much along the lines of what I taught in Sunday School in 2005 regarding the love of God being glorified in the existence of hell.
Article 13
Article 14

A.W. Pink
Article 16

Augustine:
Article 17 - This is a link to chapter 21 of Augustine's "City of God" (just hit the "next" button to page through it...)

Thomas Aquinas
Article 18 - Some thoughts on eternal punishment from Summa Theologica

Phillip Schaff
Article 19 - " Everlasting Punishment of the wicked always was, and always will be the orthodox theory. It was held by the Jews at the time of Christ, with the exception of the Sadducces, who denied the resurrection. It is endorsed by the highest authority of the most merciful Being, who sacrificed his own life for the salvation of sinners. Consequently the majority of the fathers who speak plainly on this terrible subject, favor this view."

Alfred Edersheim
Article 20 - Comments on the beliefs of the Pharisees at the time of Christ.

John Owen
Article 21 - "But that innumerable souls shall to eternity undergo the punishment due to their own sins, I hope needs, with Christians, no proving" (Check this too...)

John Gill
Article 22

Charles Finney
Article 23

Loraine Boettner
Article 24

Thomas A. Kempis
Article 25

Thomas Watson
Article 26

George Whitefield
Article 27

Richard Baxter
Article 28

Anyway, if anyone is interested in some biblical truth regarding this issue, I've done all the research work for you. Enjoy learning the good things of God, and don't let ignorance lead you into untruth and away from the glories of Christ. Eternal Suffering in Hell glorifies God more than if there was no Hell, or if people were only punished for a short time, or if they were destroyed in some cosmic blast furnace.

The bottom line is that some intellectuals in the MB Conference serve a god who's neither holy nor glorious. That god is not the God of the Bible and singing the "hermeneutical humility" song is only a rhetorical trap that self-worshiping intellectuals use to attempt to silence anyone that disagrees with them... The Bible is neither unclear nor uncertain on the existence of Hell and the eternal punishment of the lost, and both the present and past have plenty men of God who are clear and convicted on the issue.

Until Next Time,

The Armchair Theologian

2 Comments:

Blogger Craver VII said...

Good stuff, Bub! Worth the wait.

1:24 PM

 
Blogger C.W. Graham said...

Somethings cannot be reformed. God often calls us to "go out from their midst, and be separate from them" (2 Co. 6:17).

What people are these, from who we are commanded to come out of?

Specifically the unsaved, or so called brethren who live in son, as the Context of the Corinthian coorespondence establishes. This may be the case of the denomination that denies hell, is shaky on the authority of Scripture and sees no need to share the gospel when on missions.

But Scripture also instructs us to seperate from the divisive heterodox (Rom 16:17).

For as long as we can effectively work within the system for continual reform, it is our duty, but when the leadership and the people have no will to reform at best, and at worst are unregenerate, then they are not really a church anyway.

The Church is the congregation of believers, gathered for the legitimate purposes of Scripture, (cf. Acts 2:42 Mt. 28:20).

But good stuff on hell, and Resolve is a beacon of light shining for a young generation that is now "Young, Restless, and Reformed!"

6:53 PM

 

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