Summary: Many have been led to destruction believing the lie that a loving God would not send anyone to hell. This sermon counters the lie.
Series: Lies Satan Tells
A LOVING GOD WOULD NOT SEND ANYONE TO HELL
Without a doubt the most unpopular of all Christian beliefs is the doctrine of hell.
"There is one very serious defect to my mind in Christ’s moral character, and that is he believed in hell. I do not myself feel that any person who is really profoundly humane can believe in everlasting punishment" (Bertrand Russell, atheist, "Why I Am Not a Christian," p17).
I. GOD IS HOLY (Isaiah 6:1-3; Revelation 4:8)
Before we address the statement that “a loving God would not send anyone to hell,” we must break it down. I think it is interesting that when this statement is made that the adjective “loving” is always used to describe God. It is true that God is a God of love and Scripture teaches us that God “is” love and therefore He can never act out of His love. We must be careful not to define God or His love with our Americanized ideas.
The American description of love is some “feeling” that is passive in nature and never abrasive. It is very touchy/feely.
The American idea of God is a grandfatherly type that is nothing more than a "yes man" who wants to meet our every desire. This is not the love and the God of the Bible.
A. God is Perfect in His Holiness
First, and foremost, God is holy. Holiness is God’s basic character. Isaiah describes God’s holiness as does John the Revelator....
-Isaiah 6:1-3 "In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. 3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory."
-Revelation 4:8 "And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come."
I think it is interesting that the angels were not saying, “love, love, love” or “good, good, good,” but “holy, holy, holy.”
B. From God’s Holiness flows His other attributes.
II. BECAUSE GOD IS HOLY HE LOVES US WITH A PERFECT LOVE
(God’s Perfect Love Demonstrates His Holiness)
A. Because God Love Us with a Perfect Love,
He Gives Us Freedom of the Will (Ability to Chose)
B. Because God Gives Us Freedom of the Will,
He Gives Us Freedom to Receive or to Reject Him
- Deuteronomy 30:19 "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live"
-Joshua 24:15 "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."
III. BECAUSE GOD IS HOLY HE IS ALSO JUST IN ALL DECISIONS