My Musings

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Those Hate-Mongering Baptist Preachers!

I just recently read a wonderful article over at 'The Jungle Hut' entitled creatively 'A Rant.' This article is a must read so head over and check it out. Rita Vernoy, the author of that article, is a missionary to South America. She has faithfully and selflessly served to help the people there. She works with them, lives with them, prays with them, and does everything that she can to share the gospel with them. She truly is an unsung hero...unless of course you ask a secular liberal!

She has received comments recently attacking her and making statements suggesting that she is destroying these people's tribal spirituality, that she is a hate-monger, or that she is a 'spiritual pollutant.'

This is not the first time that I have heard people attacked for trying to share the gospel of Christ and I assure you that it will not be the last. As early as the book of acts, men have been attacked for preaching Christ. Can't you see Stephen standing there looking into heaven asking God's forgiveness on those who are stoning him into the history books?

Yet that's not the point of this post. What I want to look at is the argument that I seem to have heard a lot recently in my own experience. I had a lady ask me recently if I didn't feel it was a little bit selfish for me to say that I was going to heaven and that everyone else was going to spend their eternity in hell just because they don't believe in Christ the same way that I do. I have had others use the hate-monger card in referring to our belief in the clearly-taught Bible doctrine of hell.

If you believe that God would send an unbeliever to hell, you are a hate-monger! If you believe that God condemns homosexuality, you are a hate-monger! If you think that God judges people for sin, you are a hate-monger! If you believe the infallible, inerrant Word of God that men have tried to disprove but have never been able to, well, then you are a hate-monger!

Truth is not like a pet store full of puppy dogs. You don't get to pick and choose what you like. If it's the truth, it doesn't change just because you don't like it. Those folks who attack the Word of God cannot change its accuracy just because they don't like what it teaches. Their disbelief in heaven or hell will not change the fact that they are going to one of those two places. Their disbelief in the Son of God will not change the immutable fact that he is the Savior of the world.

Bro. Nick, you really are a hate-monger! If that is true, then it is also true that your doctor is a raging monster every time he informs you that someone has a disease. "You have a rare disease, but we should be able to treat it," the doctor says. Would you start hating him or would you thank him and graciously accept the treatment? Duh!

When it comes to hard truth from the Word of God, though, we would rather call names than accept the truth and dive into the remedy, Jesus Christ! Our liberal friends are sadly mistaken and highly hypocritical.


In Christ,

Nick

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