Proverbs 28:5 reads, “Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely” (ESV). I understand the message of that proverb to be that justice is understood completely by those who seek the LORD and not evil. This became clearer for me last night watching Dateline. They had a piece on Carlton Pearson, whom most of you know was a very popular charismatic preacher until he started preaching a universalist, Hell-less Gospel that he called “the gospel of inclusion”. He claims that this clears up our problems in doctrines like the atonement, eternal security and the love of God for all peoples.
Pearson also claims that his views were given to him by divine revelation. Unfortunately, he forgot the revelation already given by God in His Word. Consider:
– “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not
obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (John
– “The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out
of his kingdom all causes of sin and all lawbreakers, and throw them into the
fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt.
– “…God considers it just to repay with affliction those who
afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when
the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire,
inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey
the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal
destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might”
(2 Thess. 1:6-9)
– “And the beast was captured, and with it the false
prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he had deceived those
who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshipped its image. These
two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with fire and sulfur…and
the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur
where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and
night forever and ever…But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable,
as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars,
their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the
second death” (Rev. 19:20; 20:10; 21:8)
Hell is ultimately worth fighting for because the glory of God is worth fighting for. His infinite holiness would be diminished without the reality of infinite justice to those who do not worship Him. His love and grace are diminished without a view of His endless wrath (why would I shout if the pain were temporary?). So in short, a temporary or non-existent view of hell diminishes the very God of the Scriptures.
We must pray that the truth of the Gospel is preserved in this day. God is not playing games with humanity. We as stewards of the Gospel must be reminded that God has not called us to be fresh, but to be faithful. Pray that God’s Spirit will continue to give us grace to be faithful and bold, that the glory of God would shine through His gospel, and that many souls would be saved from His eternal wrath.