Why Your Teaching Could Affect People’s Salvation?
Romans 2:1-29 ESV “Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.”
This is a critique to some preachers’ sermons on sin. Those preachers who reflect various doctrines and who belong to different denominations yet who agree about the principle of teaching the gospel based on spreading hate-based fear towards God and the warning against the punishment of Hell, without properly understanding the word of God, or presenting the truth carefully.
This is a critique and not criticism. Thus I believe that if this message was read and understood accordingly, may perhaps shine a light on other areas in the human psyche that these preachers may not be aware of.
Also please note that what I am writing below is not about those who try to twist the image of Jesus to suit and promote their own image. This is about people who, perhaps like these pastors, believe that Jesus is the beloved son of God who is perfect in every single way. And this is also about some of the latter category who chose to follow Jesus, not seeking a material reward on earth or in heaven necessarily, but who sought him for who He is. I am writing here about a category of people who have tender hearts and who love to live in peace and joy. These people who, although still in sin, found themselves in awe when discovering the glory and goodness of Christ.
I am writing here about a category of people whose only desire to love is found in line with God’s biggest commandment (Matthew 22:37 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.)
And because God set love as the biggest commandment and He expected us to love him with all that we are (mind, soul and spirit), one can only conclude that God (who is fair and just) saw that this was possible for humanity, since He created the prime mechanism of our functions.
But before I begin talking about the impact of the pastor’s teaching on this category of people and how it may effect their salvation, I would like to refer you all to my other three articles about the meaning and mechanism of pure love where I have discussed some of its fundamentals, both from a natural human perspective, and when it is used to talk about our love for the Divine. I have not discussed sexual attraction/desire (greek: eros) in those articles as I don’t consider it to be one of the fundamentals of true love. I do apologise if anyone reading this has never experienced the difference.