Tuesday, May 04, 2010

A very weak teaching; biblically that is. Greg Boyd teaches about hell.

[Part 2 & 3 are below]

I thought this was terrible Bible teaching. Greg speaks well, and has strong opinions, and that's fine, but he's lacking big time when it comes to teaching the context of the Lord's words, the truth of God.
Maybe I'm too critical. And I am at times. But, this to me was Greg just saying how he would like to have the truth. He doesn't seem to like the words, and so says this what I think they mean. And that's scary.
This is why we have homosexual pastors. This why we have Fred Phelps saying, "God hates fags!", out in public. And on and on it goes, when we twist the Bible.

Let the truth be the truth. And the true loving heart will rejoice in the truth. We can rejoice in God's love for sinners, and rejoice that He has mercy on rebels. And we can rejoices that He is a just God, and He has, and will do justice. But He is also long-suffering, and kind, beyond all what we could ever imagine. And Greg believes in Christ, that he rose from the dead, and he died for our sins.

So is he my brother in Christ? I believe so. And so I pray for him to rethink how he taught our Lord's precious words, which can be deep for sure.

I heard John R.W. Stott's teaching on 'annihilation' and let me tell you, it was very different than Greg Boyd's. I do see it in the Bible, but the fear Stott has for the Word, and his respect for the history of the Church helped to balance him out, I thought.

Actually, though I disagree with Annihilation as a doctrine, I'd encourage you to read Stott's teaching, if you like.

1 comment:

Craver Vii said...

I am no fan of Boyd. His Open Theism bugs me because it robs God of his omniscience and sovereignty, plus it mutilates the doctrine of election.

I listened for a little while. It sounds to me like Boyd unfairly constructs a straw man in his condemnation of the righteous rejoicing over the damned. I have never heard the position taught so that it suggests that the saved ones relish in the anguish and torment of the unredeemed.

With a glorified perspective, the redeemed may be able to appreciate better and yes, even rejoice in God's justice, but not like the unsanctified ogling of horror. But then, the object of heaven's affection is not a freak show in Gehenna, but God himself. Seriously, what fool would say that he is looking forward to going to heaven to look anywhere else but at God's splendor?!