The sign on the church lawn said “Eternity is a long time to be wrong”. Jesus asserted that there is a place of eternal damnation (Mark 3:29 KJV). The parable of the wedding feast (Matthew 22) tells us that only those who have meekly accepted the Host’s gift of adornment/righteousness will be admitted. It is often said that the traitor Judas did not have the option of annihilation: “It would be better for him had he never been born” (Mark 14: 21). To understand the terror of the dark option is to understand the courage of our Rescuer, the efficacy of His blood and the love of God’s mercy. Don’t play with it, “Emerging” Church! He is sovereign.
Judgment cannot be edited out of a healthy pulpit or testimony. Conviction is a necessary toll-booth to the Highway of Holiness (Isaiah 35).
4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:
10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.