Rob Bell “Love Wins” – Hell or Purgatory – Part 1

I have set you a watchman to the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. When I say to the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die; if you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at your hand. Nevertheless, if you warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul. (Ezekiel 33:7-9, 3:17-19)

My heart lacks appetite for publicly critiquing and directly confronting the absurd nonsense that I hear from those who purport to represent Christianity. Really! Truly! I say this, despite the overwhelming evidence that I do unapologetically publicly critique and directly confront the absurd nonsense that I hear from those who purport to represent Christianity.

I cannot do otherwise, even if I must forgo ambitions for public office. I have tasted too much of Hell and some of Heaven; such that I intimately know of these spiritual realities. The Gospel and Full Counsel of God that I observe in Scriptures; when unfiltered by second and third rate theological/philosophical ruminations, disingenuous sophistries, factual and scriptural selectivity and interpretative contortionism; is pristinely rational and grants a wondrous intellectual and moral clarity.

And I will seek to use as incisive a surgical wit, to which I have been endowed, to “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God” (1 Corinthians 10:5). But I retain a terror that in “speaking truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15); I favor or appear to favor too much, the truth side. Inevitably, some people will always declaim; although I have little motive in denigrating another. Or they will accuse without being able to honestly and objectively point out the mean-spirited in that specific comment. (With written, recorded words, one can always return to source.) But there are occasions when after one speaks repeatedly and gently on a matter of great import, a polemic thump is necessary.

The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity. (The Second Coming – Yeats – 1919)

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Exegesis on Romans 2:14-15

Exegesis on Romans 2:14-15

A purely theological endeavour; the attachment expounds on a highly significant passage currently controversial in the nursery rooms of theological academia. I dispute that the Scriptures teach that humanity was given an innate knowledge of the contents of any form of Law of God. Certainly history and sociology would find that thesis contrary to artifacts. I think the reason is because that Scriptures doesn’t teach it. The sophistry of some and misunderstanding of others believes this assumption whose roots go back to the Greek Stoics, Cicero (De Legibus – On the Laws –  51 B.C.) and resonates in natural man’s concept of spirituality.

Although admitting that we might not understand the Truth of God, because of our limitations, prejudices and the sinful nature, I have found considerable confirmation of Scriptural truth with objective realities external to Scriptures. Modern Evangelicalism seems to lack that confidence (“I wrote for them the many things of my law, but they regarded them as something alien.” Hosea 8:12)

Other arguments made are that Romans 2:14-15 does not refer to converted Gentiles, before or after Christ. The primary purpose of the passage is to anticipate Universalism (i.e Rob Bell – “Love Wins”) by showing how God judges those who have never heard of the Law or Gospel. You will find that I disagree with the argument of imputed guilt for sin from Adam. It is unjust, not only by standards of human justice. Even the Scriptures, including the Mosaic Law, finds it unjust. However, this theme is not well unpacked. We are sinners, not because of guilt, but because we inherit the sin principle and nature from our ancestors.

Exegesis on Romans 2:14-15