Did Jesus Say, ‘God Loves You’?

By Jennifer Hartline Published on October 23, 2018

It was just a snippet of what I’d read that morning in a devotional prayer book, but I decided to share it on Twitter and Facebook. Surely, others would find it uplifting and comforting as well. And many people certainly did. Two people, however, had a rather different take, and their responses definitely got me thinking.

Here is what I shared:

The entire Bible is nothing other than the news of God’s mysterious, incomprehensible love for people. If the whole of Scripture were to start talking at once, if by some miracle the written words were transformed into speech, that voice would be more powerful than the waves of the sea, and it would cry out, “God loves you!”

— Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa

Not so fast, my two respondents said. Jesus Christ is the Living Word of God, and we know what He said. He didn’t go around telling people, “God loves you!”

That’s true. Jesus certainly is the Word made flesh, and He did not go from town to town telling people, “God loves you.”

So What Did He Say, Then?

Matthew’s gospel tells us that following forty days of temptation in the wilderness, Jesus went to Capernaum and “From that time, Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)

He preached “the gospel of the kingdom.” He healed people’s diseases and cast out demons. He said the blessed were the poor in spirit, the mourners, the meek, the merciful, the ones who seek righteousness, and the pure in heart. He told the people they were to be salt and light in the world. He said He had come not to abolish the law but to fulfill the law and the prophets.

When Jesus spoke about love, it was to command us to love!

And then He expounded on those laws concerning anger, adultery, divorce, retaliation, swearing oaths, and alms-giving. He said it wasn’t enough that we love our friends, but we must love our enemies. This we must do in order to become perfect, as our heavenly Father is perfect.

He taught us how to pray. He told us to forgive those who trespass against us and we would be forgiven. When He spoke about love, it was to command us to love! It was to teach us what God requires of each of us, that we first love the Lord our God above all else and then love our neighbor as ourselves.

That’s Harsh. Or Is It?

Step away from the mellow, hippie Jesus who says, “It’s all good, man. You’re cool just the way you are.” He’s a character of our own invention, to soothe and serve our egos.

The real Jesus preached against sin and He called people to repentance. He described a narrow way and how few would find it. He told us to be ready, for we do not know the hour the Bridegroom is coming and those not prepared would be cast out into the darkness to wail and gnash their teeth. He said if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. Better to be maimed than your whole body go into hell. (Matthew 5:27-30)

Then He said, “Take up your cross and follow Me.” The people hearing Him knew exactly what that meant, and it was not reassuring or appealing.

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These aren’t warm-fuzzy, sentimental, feel-good pats on the back. These are stark, harsh warnings about the reality of sin and death and hell and what is necessary for salvation. Jesus rebuked “the cities where most of His mighty works had been done.” Why? Because they did not repent. (Matthew 11:20)

He did not come to do battle with our self-esteem. He came to save our sorry yet beloved souls by paying the penalty for our sins.

So Where’s the Love?

Oh, the love is loud and clear. Jesus’ presence in skin and bones on this Earth was a walking megaphone shouting the love of God for His people. His humility and obedience in accomplishing the Father’s will is an eternal refrain of God’s love for the world.

True love wants to see the beloved repent and turn away from sin, and live.

A God who does not love His children would not trouble Himself to rescue them from eternal death. It’s precisely because God loves us that Jesus came to suffer and die for our sakes. It’s precisely because of His great love for us that Jesus preached, “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” It is a fatal mistake for us to forget why God gave His only Son, or to diminish the threat and the wages of sin because the call to repentance and conversion offends our modern sensibilities. Salvation history — all of Scripture — is indeed the greatest love story that ever could be told. Fr. Cantalamessa is right.

My two respondents are also right. Love does not make peace with sin, or tolerate sin, or embrace sin as a right. True love wants to see the beloved repent and turn away from sin, and live.

Yes, God loves you. So repent, and believe in the Gospel.

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  • Kathy

    Amen. Thanks, Jennifer!

  • Dena

    You don’t hear this preached much these days. You hear how God is love without the repentance, reality of Hell and total surrender to Jesus. I love it how she called this a hippie Jesus 🙂

  • Paul

    John 3:16
    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

    John 15:9-13
    As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

    John 13:34
    A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

    Romans 5:8
    But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

    1 John 4:19
    We love because he first loved us.

    1 John 4:16
    So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

    Ephesians 5:2
    And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

    1 John 4:8
    Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

    Ephesians 3:17-19
    So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

    1 Timothy 1:14
    And the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

    1 John 3:1
    See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

    • Kathy

      Absolutely, Paul, certainly can’t argue with God’s Word. I think Jennifer’s article may be directed at those who ignore sin and repentance, but focus solely on God’s love as sentimental. At least, that is the impression I got.

      • Paul

        Yes, but ignoring the many scriptures that show Jesus did communicate God’s love for humanity makes the whole thing lopsided.

        • Jennifer Hartline

          I thought I was pretty clear in saying that Jesus did, indeed, communicate God’s love for humanity. The point is, His message from town to town wasn’t “God loves you” but, “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” Why? Because God loves you and does not want to see you lost for eternity.
          We live in an age when God’s love for us has been reduced to sentimentality and “acceptance”, which ignores the reality of sin, death, and hell.

          • Paul

            I wholeheartedly agree that Jesus made abundantly clear the need to repent and follow him. He also made abundantly clear that God loves us. He said both things, not just one or the other. If we repent out of legalism instead of love and appreciation for His sacrifice we miss the point. If we love without repentance we miss the point. Neither is mutually exclusive, we really can’t understand one without the other.

            For me this town to town message analysis is implying repentance is more important than love when it all matters and guides us in our faith. Yes, repent from our wicked ways and follow Jesus. Forgive lest we won’t be forgiven. Love God and our neighbor. And keep in mind Paul’s message of Love in 1 Cor 13.

          • Jennifer Hartline

            Paul, I’m not disagreeing with you, and I don’t believe I disagreed with you in the article. There is no doubt that Christ clearly showed us the love of God. There is no conflict between love and repentance. They are not mutually exclusive or at odds with one another. Repentance is essential for salvation, and it is because we are loved that Christ tells us to repent and believe in the Gospel. Love and repentance inspire one another, don’t you think?

          • Chip Crawford

            The article is much on point due to today’s “greasy grace” and the way liberal thinkers attempt to interpret God’s love – as a pass for sin.

            An example of this was a televised secular interviewer confronting two ministers with “Jesus went about preaching love and acceptance.” The man sharing this said he felt there was something amiss with that. Both ministers felt cornered and agreed with it. But doing what you did, looking at what Jesus actually went about saying, his conclusion is the same: Jesus preached repentance and the kingdom of God.

            That needs to be refreshed in today’s “inclusive” attempts at redefining things. As with the two ministers in the interview, we are apt to be caught off guard when secular people come out with these things. This article is good Bible and a word of caution to believers to be accurate and cognizant of the whole Gospel, its emphases and what was actually done and said.

            Also, don’t let an unbeliever tell you what the Bible says or what you should be, do and believe. They operate in the dark. We need to keep our light bright, ready to shine on those dark places.

          • Paul

            “There is no doubt that Christ clearly showed us the love of God.” Yes and Jesus spoke of Gods love as well. That is the issue I am having with the early part of the article, he didn’t only go around speaking of repentance. He spoke of love, repentance, forgiveness, sacrifice, faith, prayer, prophecy and other topics that all inform and guide our Christian walk.

            “Love and repentance inspire one another, don’t you think?”

            Yes, as I said earlier I don’t think we can begin to understand one without the other.

          • Kevin Quillen

            you do realize don’t you that forgive or you won’t be forgiven is akin to eye for eye and tooth for tooth. That was under the law. Not for us.

          • Paul

            Matthew 6:14-15

            For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

            Also read Matthew 18:21-35

          • Kevin Quillen

            you do realize don’t you that this was Jesus teaching during the time when the law was still in effect. His mission was to the Jews. The gospel for the Gentiles did did not begin until Philip went to Samaria about 3 1/2 years after the cross. We must be very careful with the teachings of Jesus. Not all is for us. Example…..the tithe. The tithe is not for us. It ended when the old covenant ended. Romans 2:16 notice “my gospel”. The teachings to the Jews and the Gentiles were different. Yes, we can apply some of Jesus’s teachings to us, but not all.

          • Paul

            Let me guess, we only apply the ones we’re comfortable with? The ones that are too challenging we say are for someone else.

          • Kathy

            I really believe that he has a compassionate heart and means well, but your comment about sums it all up.

          • Kevin Quillen

            Thank you Kathy for the kind words. Let me ask you……do you believe that the tithe is a command for today?

          • Kathy

            I agree with Paul’s response. I can only add that generosity is the result of realizing that everything, including our money, belongs to God. Our love for Him and desire to please Him compels us (at least is should) to give even more than 10%. It’s just a percentage to strive for that shows you are thinking of God first….I believe that is why God commanded it in the first place. I’m thinking you can relate.

          • Kevin Quillen

            see my answer to Paul above.

          • Kathy

            Sorry, I replied to myself instead of you!

          • Kathy

            Of course, the Jews need to believe that Yeshua is their promised Messiah just as we do to be saved from God’s wrath. However, God does not break His covenants or promises, so Israel did not lose their favored status. If He broke His promises to them, we would have to be concerned He could break the New Covenant promises as well, wouldn’t we?

            Are you referring to the tithe as money given to a church? I was thinking of all money used for evangelizing, helping those in need, any money we are not using for just our own needs.

          • Kevin Quillen

            Not to argue but….you must realize that forever is not always forever in the Old Testament. Jonah 2:6 says Jonah was in the fish forever, a slave is said to serve his master forever, obviously in this case forever is the lifetime of the slave. The Aaronic priesthood was to be forever. Is it still going on? Much confusion is caused by this translation of the Hebrew word “owlam” and the Greek word “aion” and it’s derivatives. The english translation causes confusion. Look up the verses using “forever, eternal, everlasting” etc. in Young’s Literal Translation of the Bible or the Concordant New Testament and Old Testament to see what the original language meant. One must know that translators sometimes do not have the comparable words to the original language. This is the problem. On the Jews losing their favored nation status….Romans 9:6 and Acts 3:23 make it abundantly clear that the Jews were cut off. Believing Jews were(and are) grafted back in, Romans 11: 20-23. Kathy, the old covenant is over. Would it not be a slap in the face to Jesus if the Jews rebuilt the temple and re- instituted the sacrifices? This is what they desire. Re the tithe…I mention this because many churches still teach that the tithe is still a command. This is error and harms many people. People who fall on hard times and cannot afford to tithe feel guilt and are pressured to tithe anyway. All of these things I believe were discovered by individual study over many years. If you really want to know truth you can. I have given you many leads.

          • Kathy

            Is it an offense to you that Israel may still hold a favored nation status with God? I get that impression because you seem to search diligently for the slightest bit of possible misinterpretation that may lead to the conclusion that it is not. Same for many other beliefs that you hold….seems that something in Scripture bothers you or doesn’t “seem right” in your eyes, so it’s gone over with a fine tooth comb to try to confirm your suspicions. Also, It appears that a verse or two are focused on without looking at how it relates to the whole context of the Bible.

            All I know is that my church does not command the tithe.

          • Kevin Quillen

            No, it is not an offense to me concerning National Israel. It is an offense that so many teach nonsense regarding the importance of the “rebirth” of Israel in 1948. When this error becomes so obvious the world will have less regard for Christianity because this false teaching is emphasized so much. Food for thought….for dispensationalism to be true, there has to be a gap between the 69th and 70th week of Daniel’s prophecy. However, no one has ever proved where it is in the Bible. The “church age” is inserted between the 69th and 70th week. I have never heard a theologian explain this Biblically. I actually heard Thomas Ice (look him up, he is supposed to be a Bible expert) say the “gap” is there because it has to be there! The gap is put there because the significance of 70 A.D. not realized by most. The destruction of the temple and Jerusalem was the fulfillment of Matt 23:36 and Matt 24:24. Consider this….Matt 24:14, the gospel will be preached to all the world and then the end will come. Now read Col 1:6 and 23, Romans 1:8 and 1 Thess 1:8. It was all done. The great commission was fulfilled in the first century. Then the “end” came. The question is what was it the end of? It was the end of the Jewish age. Ask your pastor where the “gap” is.

          • Kathy

            Kevin, you and I are on the same page in some respects, but not this. You said “the world will have less regard for Christianity” because of the teaching concerning the rebirth of Israel. My thought is that exact thing will happen if people are told ALL will be reconciled eventually no matter what, even if they have made it clear they want nothing to do with God. That’s pretty wishy washy evangelizing that is essentially telling people you don’t need to trust in or commit to Jesus Christ, which Scripture tells us is what being devoted to Christ is all about, nothing less will do.

            One of my favorite teaching pastors, Alister Begg, says “the main things are the plain things, the plain things are the main things”. meaning the clear (not hard to figure out) passages in the Bible that are the ones imperative for everyone to know and understand. Not sure we need to focus so much on non-essentials like you last posted or topics like is the tithe still in effect.

          • Kevin Quillen

            The reason I write about the topics I do is because they divide the church. The many denominations are caused by the foundational misunderstanding of what happened in 70 A.D.. The preterist view of eschatology answers all the questions that cause division in that field. The Ultimate Reconciliation view answers all the questions concerning salvation. For example….what about people who never heard the gospel?, can I lose my salvation?, works or faith alone?, Calvinism or Arminianism?, faith of or in Christ saves us?, and more. These are important questions that really do have an answer. God wrote a book to show us the truth. There is only one correct answer to all the questions. Can you imagine what the effect would be if we all had the correct answers to all the questions. The unity of believers would be a powerful force. I began my search 35 years ago because when I got saved and began listening to preachers I got very confused due to the variety of teaching. Preachers with theological degrees with very different answers to my questions. Different seminaries turning out preachers with a viewpoint more from tradition than from the Bible. Serious question…..how do you deal with 1 Cor 15:22, 1 Tim 4:10 and John 12:32?. The word “draw” in Greek is to “drag”. Please take the time to read….1 Tim 2:4, Dan 4:35, Job 23:13, Isaiah 55:11, Matt 1:21, Matt 11:27, John 3:35, 1 Tim 4:10, 1 Cor 15:22, Ps 30:5, Ps 62:12, Pr 24:12, Matt 5:44, Isaiah 45 ans Phi 2:10. I could go on and on but this should give you the idea that God desires to save all and will. Ultimate reconciliation shows a God who loves all, is merciful, just, and understands our weakness, our failing, and yet despite our shortcomings, like the shepherd looking for the who goes after the one lost sheep, will not stop seeking a lost soul until it is returned to the flock. Through this teaching people see the great love of our Father. The simple answer to the oft asked question….”if God will save all, then why evangelize, and why not sin?”, is best answered by a personal note. I have been married 42 years to a wonderful woman, I stay faithful to her because she is good, loving, worthy of my love and faithfulness. Not because of fear, or retribution should I stray, but her love overcomes my flesh and draws me ever closer to her. This is a picture of relationship with God. Evangelizing is still important because there are benefits to being a believer in this life. No need for punishment after death, living without anxiety, blessings, peace, etc.. Kathy, I am done. I will not try to convince you anymore. Please read the verses I left and prayfully consider that Jesus’s sacrifice is greater than man’s will. In Adam ALL die, in Jesus, ALL live! Blessings to you and yours.

          • Kathy

            Haven’t had a chance to read those verses you suggested, but wonder what you think of a post by Luc Malafarina on Michael Brown’s article “Why Can’t You Be A Christian Witch?” Should be at the top of the thread in response to Trilemma.

          • Kevin Quillen

            could not find the post you mentioned. I will try to answer a question if you wish?
            I hope you will take the time to look at all the verses I sent.

          • Kevin Quillen

            replace the (dot) with a real .
            This is a very good resource which PROVES that “heaven and earth” passed away in 70 A.D..
            It is a very interesting read, I hope you take the time to read it.
            Kathy, this is interesting and will give you some insight to why I believe as I do. It is a 48 page chap book. Please give it a look.

          • Kathy

            Yes, there are many denominations brought about by disagreements, some major, some minor. I consider myself an orthodox biblical Christian, following Scripture as closely as possible. I have weeded out many preachers who have taught doctrine that is clearly unbiblical.

            Your reasons for division: If one is truly saved, they cannot lose their salvation. Those that supposedly do were never born again to begin with
            I believe in faith alone…works do not precede, they are a result of faith through God’s unmerited favor.
            I tend to side more with Calvinists, believing in electing grace. No one seeks for God unless the Father draws them. You have basically said that. Therefore, for those “who never heard the gospel”, God may “draw” them through dreams, which I’ve heard happens to many Muslims.
            Don’t know what you mean by “faith of or faith in Christ”.

            NT verses you mentioned, explained in an ESV Study Bible, briefly described by myself:
            John 3:35 – Christ does have supreme authority over all of creation. Does not mean all will consent to His authority.
            Matt 5:44: Common grace, grace for ALL. Refer to 45 as well.
            Matt1:21 : “Save HIS people from their sins”, not all of humanity.
            Matt 11:27 The revelation of salvation to whom He chooses to reveal the Father. Again, not everyone.
            1 Tim 4-10: Already discussed that in a past thread.

          • Kevin Quillen

            I think you missed the part about God WILL accomplish His desires. Read the chap book I mentioned at tentmaker. Consider the fact that “every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord”. I will not go on and on. Peace to you and yours.

          • Kathy

            I agree, don’t think we will convince each other to change our views. Will leave you with a few thoughts.

            – I have not accessed the tentmaker website…the professed Unitarian Universalist, Trilemma, recommends it as well. Big red flag right there for me. I trust the ESV study bible I have.

            – I have a John Piper book “Does God Desire All to Be Saved? Back of book asks “Are There Two Wills in God? Rather complex, but after reading it, I did not at all conclude that ALL will eventually be reconciled after a prescribed individual punishment. You have to ignore so much more of Scripture to come to that conclusion.

            – I still don’t understand why you are so adamant that even those who despise our Lord and want nothing to do with Him will join us in God’s presence. In other words, those that think Jesus was either a lunatic or a liar and not Lord, as CS Lewis said. Can’t find the exact quote, but Lewis also wrote” Believers will say to God “Thy will be done”. God will say to his adversaries “THY will be done”. In other words, you want nothing to do with me, I will grant you that wish.

            Lastly, a passage from a book by Colin S. Smith called “Jonah”, titled ‘Love of a Stronger Kind”. Some people get angry, because it seems to make His love less. They feel that a God who says “Jacob I have loved, Esau I have hated” seems less loving than a God who would say “I have loved Jacob and I love Esau.” If God is love, should He not treat all people that same?”
            No, a love that treats everyone the same is a very weak kind of love. The strongest love is not a general benevolence, but a passion for the good of a particular person. All of us want to believe that God loves us like that.”

            I know you want to stop this thread, but does that make sense to you?

          • Kevin Quillen

            all I will say is that the tentmaker is NOT Unitarian Universalist. Christian Universalism or sometimes called Ultimate Reconciliation is NOT anything like Unitarian Universalism! Everyone is saved through CHRIST. He is the only way!
            Spend a little time on tentmaker or on hopebeyondhell(dot)com. I wish you well. I now end this thread and will only respond to you IF you look at the sites I recommended. Bless you sister.

          • Kevin Quillen

            Paul, do you think the tithe is a command for today?

          • Paul

            For who exactly?

          • Kevin Quillen

            you tell me …..is the tithe a command for today for anyone?

          • Paul

            Sure, for Jews. But the question is misleading, in that the tithe principle predates the law, and while the law doesn’t apply to gentile Christians as it does for Jews, there’s nothing that indicates the principle of giving a portion of your increase has ended. If anything we are encouraged to give more. Sow sparingly and reap sparingly, sow generously and reap generously. Tithing is not commanded, but the principle hasn’t changed.

          • Kevin Quillen

            The law ended so it is not even for the Jews today. In fact when the old covenant ended the Jews lost their favored nation status with God. They are no different than anyone else. They get saved from God’s wrath just like you and I do. Good answer on the Christian part concerning tithing. However, be careful with the “sowing and reaping thing.” It is much abused today.

          • Paul

            The law never saved anyone, it condemns, and it condemns today just as well as it did thousands of years ago. No one could pass its test other than Jesus.

          • Kevin Quillen

            no one will be lost for eternity. God will draw ALL to Himself. If not in this world, then in the next, where punishment for the unbeliever will bring them to repentance. “Every knee will bow and every tongue confess, that Jesus is Lord”, this cannot be done except by the Holy Spirit! 1 Cor 12:3.

          • Jennifer Hartline

            You cannot possibly know that. No one can know that. God has given each person the gift of free will, and He never violates our free will. We must each choose, either Life or death, and God will give us what we have chosen.

          • Kevin Quillen

            how then do you explain ” every knee will bow and every tongue confess Jesus is Lord? considering that one can only say it by the influence of the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor 12:3. Did you look up the word “draw” in John 12:32? Do you understand 1 Cor 15:22? Our free will is not stronger than God’s love!

          • Chip Crawford

            Your reasoning in this isolated context would seem to fail, as human reasoning concerning the scriptures always does. Scripture is interpreted with other scriptures. Your thesis is contradicted by other scripture which clearly require choice and Jesus unequivocally stating that those who won’t choose him will be damned. Mark 16:15, 2 Thes. 2:12. Free will was God’s idea, not man’s assignment to himself. God could have set it up another way, but he didn’t. You slough over that, and it is huge. Like in a mathematical problem, whenever a wrong value is introduced, everything after that will be inaccurate and lead to a wrong result. When we don’t understand something, we wait on God, seek him and let him enlighten us in his time. What we don’t need to do – and what man’s religion has ruinously done – is come up with “solutions” to give a temporary balm. There’s no getting around the fact that God requires faith and trust, that he is a Father and expects his children to trust him when they don’t understand, but to continue to consult his word and be in faith to see and grow as they continue. It’s a simple humble attitude maintained before him as our Lord. We find as we go that God’s true image is greater than our reasonings or attempts to “fix” things and attempting to make him into our own image.

          • Kevin Quillen

            “My spiritual umpire rules out your conclusions above, but I have learned some reasons why along the way. With all due respect to your heart for God, the main problem with your pattern is that it does not rightly divide the word of truth – does not favorably stand up to other scripture. Anytime a thesis has scripture contradicting it, it just does not stand up to that true test. And I’ve only mentioned that one, though pivotal, element.”

            Well my “spiritual umpire” says that what I believe is truth. Truth derived from many years of study, with church history to back it up.

            The common view of hell, end times, rapture, 1948, etc., has scripture contradicting it also. So, only time will tell. Time is on my side though because the “end time” prophecies will soon be shown to be foolishness. Then what? Have you personally studied the common view of hell? Have you studied the meaning of the words, eternal, everlasting, forever, etc. in the original language? Here’s a hint….the Bible says Jonah was in the fish “forever”.(Jonah 2:6) Is he still there? The Aaronic priesthood was forever. Ex 28:43. Still in effect? There are many examples where “forever” is not really forever. In the case of a slave serving his master forever, forever certainly has to be the lifetime of the slave.
            Eternal punishment was a device created to control people. Not hard to find out with a little research. Go to tentmaker(dot)org and dig a little. Good luck.

          • Chip Crawford

            Alas … God bless you. As for me and my household, we have chosen to continue on with God and his word, inseparable and continue on the rock and in the light he gives therewith for its interpretation and our daily lives. We take him at his word that it lives and abides forever, while the history of men has already crumbled like the sinking sand it is beneath our feet.

  • Andy6M

    The Progressive Left Church would have us just love as Jesus loved. For them that means to be accepting and kind. That’s nice, but it forgets that God is not just Relational, but that he is also Righteous and a Ruler (an authority). And he is these three things by his character. If your idea of God (and as such his love) leaves out any of those three things, then it is not God you are speaking of, nor is it his love you are professing.

    The above idea (the three Rs) comes from “Worldviews in Focus” by David Noebel & Chuck Edwards, a publication of Summit Ministries.

  • Thanks, Jennifer.

    I do wonder, though, how many will turn to Luke 17:1-3a (the first paragraph of the chapter in the NIV) and self-critically apply it to their interpersonal encounters (and especially those involving the opposite sex). Will they accuse the one convicting them of making excuses for their own sin, or will they stop making their own excuses, and change their ways?

  • John Crane

    thank you for presenting the truth of the gospel, instead of a “feel good” presentation…the narrow road concept has always been difficult to perceive in a world where acceptance, even validation, of sin is encouraged under the twin umbrella of “loving one’s neighbor” and “judge not”…and it’s funny how non-Christians are so quick to point these out without admitting that they would never consider themselves to be held to Christian standards…

  • I’ve been slowing reading and writing my way through the gospels, and I’ve never been so impressed with just how the Jesus of the gospels is 180 degrees different than the popular Jesus of culture. He’s actually divisive (one of our pastors last Sunday in his sermon said Jesus us probably the most divisive person in history!) and disturbing. People are intimated by him, they fear him, and he makes them angry. I call him the harsh Jesus. And what was left out of this piece is that Jesus was literally at war with the religious leaders of Israel. He insulted them mercilessly. What I love about the actual Jesus of the gospels is that no human being would EVER make him up. He is NOT a figment of human imagination.

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