BIN LADEN AND THE SLIPPERY SLOPE
Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.
It is funny how quickly everyone changes and how fickle our society is. Just last week the media was covering Rob Bell and his new book “Love Wins”. He was named one of the most influential people in America. His new book is not really new, but a hip, trendy, twist on an old false doctrine, universalism or ultimate reconciliation. It seems the same old refuse has to surface in a new package every few years. If it’s not universalism it is sinless perfection and if not perfection a new version of cheap grace (antinomianism). Bell had become the tool the media was using to attack historic Christianity. They were using his book to attack the message of eternal suffering. Suddenly, everyone was jumping on the bandwagon. “God is merciful”, they would say, “He wouldn’t condemn anyone to eternal hell”. Then surfaces Osama bin Laden and all bets are off. Suddenly everyone believes in hell, even the media embraced hell with their headlines. Check out the front page from the New York Daily News on May 2, 2011.
Jonathan Edwards was consistent, heaven was a world of love for the redeemed and hell was a place so terrifying that words could never come close to describing it. Here is what Edwards said about the death of the wicked.
“There is no want of power in God to cast wicked men into hell at any moment. Men’s hands cannot be strong when God rises up. The strongest have no power to resist him, nor can any deliver out of his hands. He is not only able to cast wicked men into hell, but he can most easily do it. Sometimes an earthly prince meets with a great deal of difficulty to subdue a rebel, who has found means to fortify himself, and has made himself strong by the numbers of his followers. But it is not so with God. There is no fortress that is any defense from the power of God. Though hand join in hand and vast multitudes of God’s enemies combine and associate themselves, they are easily broken in pieces.”
We all live on a slippery slope. Few people realize it. The saved and the damned live on the edge of eternity. We are like dust in the wind or flowers in the desert sun. Each of us are literally one heartbeat away from eternity. Today, Osama bin Laden finally knows the truth about eternity, do you? If so, has your belief in eternal life effected the way you live this life. So many of us contradict what we say that we believe by the way we spend our lives. Maybe it’s time to change.