You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
You couldn’t prove this verse by the Christians who default to the third mindset I've come across in believers of ECT.
A begrudging acceptance and a keen awareness of everything they are missing to toe the "I don't want to burn in hell" line fuels their beliefs and behavior. There is no joy evident in their lives…other than the “joy” that comes from knowing they are (probably) not bound for hell. At least not if they continue to toe the line.
Their quiet anger carries over into everything they do and permeates their entire life style. You will usually find them in very fundamentalist churches....conforming their lives to a strict set of rules and regulations they don't want to follow. But they do...
They totally miss the the pleasures and fullness of joy that can only be found at the right hand of the Father.
I came across the following excerpt a few years ago on the website of a good, Bible believing, home schooling, King James only, submissive wife and mother. The article is called "Hell is Real." Scientists have proven it after all....yes.....it is in the earths core. Proven fact.
I think this excerpt clearly shows just how much this doctrine is stealing from them.
Do you really believe in Hell? I should hope that if I walked into any fundamental church and ask the question, “Do you really believe in Hell?" that everyone would say, "Yes." I mean after all, that is supposed to be a point of our doctrine, that we believe in a Hell that has fire. That is what good fundamentalists believe. But do you really believe in Hell?
If you don't believe in Hell, then there is no point.
Then she poses the rhetorical question…
But if we don't believe in Hell, why then do we go to church? We could be down at a park where they have a festival going on. We could be eating Tostitos, burritos and all that other stuff.
If we didn't believe in Hell, we could sleep in on Sunday mornings. We could watch football in the afternoon, drink an Old Style, eat lunch, sit back at a pool, and enjoy ourselves.
If you do believe in Hell, you need to go soul winning. If you do believe in Hell, you need to work on a Sunday school bus, maybe kicking in some money to buy a few more busses. If you do believe in Hell, you need to find a street corner and preach on the subject of Hell. If you do believe in Hell, you need to find a room somewhere in church and start a Sunday school class and fill it. Knock on doors, preach on street corners, go to the neighborhood and bring them. Build a Sunday school class. Build a bus route. Build the church. Get people saved. Get them baptized. Get them serving God, so that they can win others. Do you really believe in Hell? Then it is time to get busy.
You tell me….is there even a hint of fullness of joy in what she has to say?
I’m going to close this post with a quote from Derek Flood…from his article How Can a Loving God Sent People To Hell.
It is often said that without the threat of Hell that no one will repent, and no one will evangelize. I would propose that the opposite is true. If you come to God because you are afraid of going to Hell, or if you evangelize out of a fear of Hell, then your motivation is based on fear and not love, And that is wrong. Fear of punishment is a selfish motivation, and if that is your motivation you need to change it. We do not love God or our neighbor because of what we can get out of it - maximizing our self-interest. We love because it is right. Period. If you find that you no longer love God, or your neighbor after the weight of a motivation of guilt and fear are lifted from over your head, then I would question whether you ever really loved them at all.