The pope of the Roman Catholic Church, recently made an admission that is rather startling: he said that no one is actually condemned forever, since it was contrary to the gospel. Here is his quote:
“No one can be condemned forever, because that is not the logic of the Gospel!” the exhortation says. He adds that he is speaking not only of the divorced and remarried, “but of everyone, in whatever situation they find themselves.”
This was found in his paper on The Joy of Love, a treatise that many have shown to be quite ambiguous, in which the pope is saying that it is OK for those who are divorced to come back to the church and receive holy communion. Remember that Roman Catholics believe that marriage is a sacrament, so to break that union, is to commit a heavy-duty sin which results in those who are divorced being barred from communion. It is basically excommunication. (I don’t have a problem with the pope changing his church’s teaching on the way it views those who have gone through a divorce. So often, especially in a day in which there is no-fault divorce, people go through divorces that they don’t want. Why excommunicate them if that happens?)
One of the drawbacks to having to move a lot, besides having to move a lot, is the unending quest to lighten the load. Because of that, my library has been shrinking a lot over the past several years. The latest scuttling of books came a few weeks ago as I worked to move all of our extra goods out of our storage unit into two smaller closets here in the apartment complex in which we live.
I think there is a real problem with many confusing God’s infinite mercy and grace. It’s only infinite because it comes from an infinite God. But one day it will cease. R.C. Sproul makes the point well:
When God judges people according to the standard of his righteousness, he is declaring that he will not strive with mankind forever. We hear all the time about God’s infinite grace and mercy. I cringe when I hear it. God’s mercy in infinite insofar as it is mercy bestowed upon us by a Being who is infinite, but when the term infinite is used to describe his mercy rather than his person, I have problems with it because the Bible makes very clear that there is a limit to God’s mercy. There is a limit to his grace, and he is determined not to pour out his mercy on impenitent people forever. There is a time, as the Old Testament repeatedly reports, particularly in the book of the prophet Jeremiah, that God stops being gracious with people, and he gives them over to their sin.
From Romans: St. Andrews Expositional Commentary.
I posted my annual Happy Atheists Day as usual by posting Psalm 14 in its entirety on Friday. The psalmist starts by declaring, “a fool says in his heart, ‘there is no God.‘” Of course, I had to share my post on Twitter using the wonderful hashtag #atheists. Apparently, atheists gather together on such places and talk about how stupid Christians are. They are all up in arms that we would dare to raise our children as Christians, calling it child abuse, etc., never realizing they are guilty of the very thing they accuse us of, forcing our views onto them.
Psalm 14New King James Version (NKJV)
Folly of the Godless, and God’s Final Triumph
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
14 The fool has said in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt,
They have done abominable works,
There is none who does good.
2 The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men,
To see if there are any who understand, who seek God.
3 They have all turned aside,
They have together become corrupt;
There is none who does good,
No, not one.
4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge,
Who eat up my people as they eat bread,
And do not call on the Lord?
5 There they are in great fear,
For God is with the generation of the righteous.
6 You shame the counsel of the poor,
But the Lord is his refuge.
7 Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!
When the Lord brings back the captivity of His people,
Let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.