Choose Well…

Psalm 19:9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

When it comes to God’s wrath, some people say they don’t believe in a God of wrath or they are uncomfortable with a God of wrath. That sounds OK, until you think about what they are really saying. What they mean is “I want a God who doesn’t care about right and wrong.” To put it more bluntly, they are saying they want God to just overlook sin altogether.

But if God is really loving, then He is also just. That is what the Bible tells us. The love of God makes Him a righteous judge. Know this: No person will be in Heaven who deserves to be there. And no one will be in Hell who does not deserve to be there. No one will be in Heaven who went there unwillingly. And everyone in Hell goes there willingly.

God doesn’t force anyone to go to Heaven. You don’t have to go if you don’t want to. On the other hand, no one will be in Hell who did not choose to go there. God gives everyone a choice.

J. I. Packer summed it up this way: “Scripture portrays Hell as self-chosen. . . . Hell appears as God’s gesture of respect for human choice. All receive what they actually chose. Either to be with God forever, worshipping Him, or without God forever, worshipping themselves.”

How could a God of love send people to Hell? He doesn’t. He won’t. If someone ends up in Hell, they went there willingly because they rejected God’s offer of forgiveness. They rejected Jesus and all He did for them. But if they ask God to forgive them of their sin, He removes it from them and transforms their life. Then they are born again.

 

David Ball
Pastor