A commenter left a lengthy comment on the post thatÂ brother Jim Bulbitz references and links (I honestly don’t think I can link it from here, maybe I’m wrong – Chris help?)toÂ at Old Truth. This was part of what the commenter said to another commenterÂ about feeling compassion about people going to hell:Â Â
“Based on your statements, its plain that you think that its a grievious sin for tons of people to go to hell. Well thats YOUR perspective, not Godâ€™s. Since God does not sin and God WILL send at least one sinner to hell, it is not a sin. And when God is doing ANYTHING, you had better be excited.”
And since his all around comments seemed very Calvinistic I asked him this in light of that particular commenter’s words:
“The most disturbing thing about your comments is that you subscribe not just to an emotionless, Calvinistic view of people being damned forever, you seem to teach we should rejoice.
Then when Jesus wept over Jerusalem He was just being an Arminian cry baby, right?”
His words were emotionless and they were Calvinitic and my words refered to those comments and that commenter alone.Â And in an obvious metaphor I used our Lord’s weeping as a sign that Jesus wasn’t rejoicing over their unbelief and the impendingÂ judgment of God. I have much more open inconsistencies than this, Jim can do better than this. This was a confined exchange that in no way brought in the great men of God that Jim rightly says had compassion. SoÂ I wonder if this post deserves a link to clear things up.
But to Jim’s credit he did not attack me personally, but brother Ken couldn’t resist saying:
“For reasons known only to Rick and God he has become decidedly hostile to the Biblical doctrines of grace and quite sympathetic to new evangelicalism. And to the surprise of not a few I know â€˜round the olâ€™ blogosphere Rick has also warmed to theÂ Hollow MenÂ of the neo-liberal cult of theÂ Emergent Church.”
I guess brother Ken, and he is my brother, forgot to link to a post only a week ago entitled “Where is the Outrage” about some of my personal concerns about that same Emergent Church that he suggests I am warming to. They haven’t given me a membership card yet and yet they allow me to write here. What does that say about their willingness to examine themselves?Â By the way I do espouse the Biblical doctrines of grace, but even further I espouse the Lord Jesus and everything inherant within Him and Him alone.Â
And here is a comment I left about my views on how the gospel is being comromized on many sides. Please notice I gave a lot of attention to my own Arminian camp which doesn’t reflect any self inspection from around the “blogosphere:Â Â
“The gospel is being compromised on many fronts. There are the modern day Judaizers who approach it with legalism and strain at what comes first repentance or faith or regeneration, etc.. Then you have the pragmatizers like Rick Warren who believe you can construct a system that will insure a greater harvest of souls.
Then you have the seeker sensitive people who attempt to manipulate peopleâ€™s feelings and desires by presenting them with the comfortable things they would normally want any way and in that hoping to have them make a decision many times based on the method and not the Spirit.
The you have some of the emergent movement which in many cases muddies the whole thing up by downplaying a time and place faith experience and playing up humanitarian works with a large dose of wider gospel parameters. Then there are the strict adherants to aspects of the ceremonial law which they attempt to bring into the New Testament, as in baptismal regeneration and even transubstantiation.
Then you have many Calvinist churches that preach the true gospel but are so prideful about their doctrine they have made themselves fairly inaccessible. So yes, the gospel is being pulled like salt water taffy on all sides.”
So I stand be my view that none of us, Arminian or Calvinist, should rejoice over people going to hell, and our greatest example is the compassion of the Incarnate Creator Himself. We all could shed a few more tears for the lost, don’t you think?