Thursday, July 5, 2012
Idolatrous and cowardly avoidance
This avoidance of the difficult things of Scripture-of sinfulness and hell and God's notable severity-is idolatrous and cowardly. If a man or woman who teaches the Scriptures is afraid to explain to you the severity of God, they have betrayed you, and they love their ego more than they love you. In the same way that it is not loving or kind not to coach your children on the dangers of the street and the dangers of the swimming pool, so it is not loving not to warn men and women about the severity of God.
When you couple this avoidance with some of the modernist theology that has Jesus floating around like some mystical Ghandi, never angry at anybody, a dispenser of bumper-sticker platitudes and discount fortune cookies, you've got the perfect storm of those who have no awe, no respect, and no real worship for the God of the universe.
Failing to note the severity of God is attempted theft of all he's due. To discount, disguise, or disbelieve what God does in response to the falling short of his glory is, in itself, falling short of his glory.
(Chandler, Matt, and Jared C. Wilson. The Explicit Gospel. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012. Print. 41)