Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God[a] and our Lord Jesus Christ (Jude 3-4).
From her journal this morning:
Lord, the news of the day is sobering, and Your judgment upon all who embrace this mockery of Your holy institution, marriage, is certain. In the face of this abomination, we will find that we must rely ever more on Your strength and spirit to contend for the faith.
Lord, purify Your bride, even as those who trample Your law underfoot make their judgment and condemnation more certain. You created the fires of hell for such as these, and by Your grace alone do we escape Your eternal wrath, for You have called, sanctified, and preserved us in Jesus Christ (Jude 1).
Father, cleanse us from our sins, and grant that we might walk in a manner pleasing and glorifying to You, this day, every day, until You bring us Home.
For Christ the King and in His name.
This prayer is quite appropriate for us to pray. As for the reference to hell, I also believe it is quite appropriate to pray such things. Jesus tells us that hell was created for Satan and his minions, and those who are not His will be cast into those eternal fires. This will strike some is wrong because their theology tells us to pray for all to become saved. But as I’ve said before, it’s not God’s purpose to save everyone. If it were, then He would do just that. As Paul tells us in Romans 9, He makes His riches known by pouring out His wrath on vessels of wrath, that were prepared for destruction, so that the vessels of mercy, would see the richness of that mercy (loose translation). We only appreciate the gospel when it is framed with the Law. We only appreciate God’s mercy, when it is framed with His wrath.