Christianity doesn’t teach that Rachel Held Evans doesn’t deserve to go to Heaven, it teaches that no one deserves to go to Heaven

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Christianity is exclusive – those outside the church aren’t saved – it isn’t fair…

Christianity does not teach that only Christians deserve to go to heaven. Rather, it teaches that no one deserves to go to heaven, because we have all done wrong during our lives (Rom 3:23). We can gain admittance to heaven by repenting of our wrongs, accepting Jesus Christ’s death as payment for our wrongs and deciding to follow and worship him as Lord.

The principle is that Jesus is the only way to God, not any particular church or denomination (Jn 6:40). Thus, salvation is accessible to everyone and is intended by God for everyone:

Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! (Is 45:22)

I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people…This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all…(1 Tim 2:1, 3-6; see also Is 49:6, 52:10, Rev 5:9)

Indeed, there are people “from every nation, tribe, people and language” who will be saved (Rev 7:9). Thus, far from being exclusive, Christianity is inclusive. Anyone who chooses to accept Christ as Lord and Savior is a Christian and has equal standing with all other Christians before God.

You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Gal 3:26-28)

Something that has been weighing heavily on my heart lately is the spiritual state of “Christians” in American churches.

If it were possible for you to get up right now and go ask everyone in your town if they were a Christian, the vast majority (I’d be willing to bet 75-80 percent or more) of them would say they were. Yet most of those people openly condone sin, don’t believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God, don’t go to church regularly, don’t care about holiness, don’t love their neighbors, don’t care about service, and don’t seek after God continuously, if ever. And most, even those who regularly attend church, are virtually indistinguishable from the world in every regard.

Charles Spurgeon once used an illustration about a hog to show what true Christian conversion looks like, it went like this.

If you put a plate of the finest food in town and a bucket of slop on the ground and released a pig, what do you think the pig would do?
The pig, of course, would head straight for the slop, stick his head in the bucket, and start eating. Why? Because that’s what pigs do, they don’t know any better, they’re pigs. And if the pig happened to look up at you, he would be unashamed. Now if a person watching had the power to wave a magic wand and turn the pig into a man, the man would instantly be repulsed and start gagging on what he formerly enjoyed. And, if he looked up at you, he would be ashamed.

Why? Because he is no longer a pig but a new creature with new tastes and new desires.

I don’t think I need to tell you that the slop in the bucket was a metaphor for sin, worldly desires of the flesh, liberal theology that is straight from the pit of Hell… and it should make a converted man wretch. Do I?
In Matthew 7:13–14 Christ tells His followers the road that leads to eternal life is narrow and that “only a few find it.” The broad road with the wide gate, on the other hand, is the one that leads to destruction, and we see that “many” will take this path. And many who claim to be converted Christians will never leave the broad road with its worldly allurements.

Why? Because if worldly allurements don’t repulse them as much as a bucket of slop would then they ARE NOT, despite what they may say, new creatures.



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10 replies

  1. Those who are all over the internet condemning RHE to hell are basically pigs returning to their slop.

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    • RHEs theology was terrible and people have a right, duty even, to shine a light on that.

      That being said, I agree with you that the tactics of many that have called her out are abhorrent.

      Most of the supposed Christians in this discussion are doing little more than virtue signaling and tearing someone else down so they can build themselves up and it’s pretty obvious.

      That being said (I say that a lot, I know) we must stand firm in The Word and call a spade a spade even though it is a hard truth that WILL offend.

      I have seen a few who are walking a line between biblical truth and not offending those who are dead in sin and that is wrong.

      Speaking the truth in love is not easy to do. If one is a Christian and they are not good at it, they would probably do best to say nothing at all. Not everyone needs to weigh in on everything all the time.

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    • Quite a conversation you’ve got going on at your place. Not saying you don’t have a right to do so but why do you suffer those fools?

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      • LOL! I don’t want to sound like an empty virtue signaler here, but honestly it’s because Christ suffered a fool like me, patiently, relentlessly, resolving every question, every doubt.

        Somebody smart once said,” don’t treat people like they treat you, treat them like God treats you.” Oh boy, that’s a tall order because He is so infinitely good to me. 🙂

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        • I don’t think you sound like a virtue signaler at all, IB, I agree with you for the most part.

          The fools in question, though, don’t have questions and doubts they want resolved. Instead, their aim is to frustrate, annoy, and get believers to question and eventually reject their faith.

          I did the same thing for years, now I find it unconscionable.

          Not knocking you, btw, I suppose someone should stay in the fight. I was just wondering:)

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  2. Keen analogy.

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  3. Reblogged this on crosssectionmusic and commented:
    We’re NOT worthy.

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  4. Love this! Such true words, I just wish the “Christian” world would/could understand them and regroup accordingly. Thank you for your boldness in saying what so many won’t. Love your posts!

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