Real Condemnation: An Exploration

When a culture has rejected truth, what is there to do? Often the mistaken path taken is to sweeten the message, make it more palatable to the culture, but in making it palatable the message has lost its power. It has become unfashionable, even considered unbiblical, to speak of condemnation even in passing. All to often, the whole truth of the gospel has been exchanged for the half-truth of an increasingly insufficient and, dare be it said, blasphemous universalism. A singular focus on the limitless love of God, has removed the only Judge from his seat in order to bring him down to a place where he is just as helpless as we are. Consider this statement from Jesus:

And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
–John 3:19-20

These two verses from John’s gospel, in the midnight conversation between the Pharisee Nicodemus and Jesus, immediately follows Christ’s grand pronouncement of his purpose in the 16th verse, setting a very careful stage that every person will have to cross: from the darkness of sin to the light of righteousness. And this is the sad truth tucked into these verses: to reject ANY part of Christ’s purposeful call is to reject ALL of the call, and in doing so one only condemns oneself.

Our culture hopes that in openly practicing sin, they can repeal the pronounced punishment, that God is somehow swayed by a majority. He is king! He is El Shaddai: God Most High, sovereign, immovable, immutable, irrefutable and holy. And He has prepared a way for those who are humbled by His majesty and power to come close to Him. For those who hunger and thirst for what is right and approved, God has made a way to be filled: through His Spirit, by faith in Christ Jesus alone. Apart from that, the real condemnation awaits, an eternity in the hell He made for those who have rejected truth and light, a place of utter darkness that the Savior described as continually burning, dark and lonely.

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