John Piper gives a very candid answer to a probing question. His response is fabulous. I personally enjoyed hearing him say that he would like to become a kinder and gentler person by the time he reaches 70. So far, he hasn’t…. that’s Priceless!
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Many have responded to our post on the death of Bin Ladin. Some gave a hearty amen, while others graciously but firmly disagreed.
I continue to maintain the same position and do so based on the biblical reality of the “presence of the future.” Simply put, what we will perfectly do in the eschatological future, we may now righteously express with degree in our present finite flawedness. Thus, Proverbs 11:10 is appropriate by saying, “when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness!”
However, it may prove more beneficial to hear from those who have actually demonstrated the ministerial grasp of what it means to be a genuine “word-smith”.
Michael Horton and John Piper articulate in-depth positions and both are posted over at Justin Taylors Gospel Coalition site. Here are excerpts from both.
“ Mike Horton offers a helpful two-kingdom perspective, with three applications regarding our response: (1) we can rejoice that even in this present evil age, God’s common grace and common justice are being displayed through secular authorities; (2) we cannot rejoice in the death of the wicked any more than does God (Ezek. 18:23); (3) the mandate to believe and to proclaim the gospel to every person is all the more urgent.”
” John Piper: In response to Osama bin Laden’s death, quite a few tweets and blogs have cited the biblical truth that “God does not delight in the death of the wicked.” That is true. It is also true that God does delight in the death of the wicked. There are things about every death that God approves in themselves and things about every death that God disapproves in themselves.
Piper goes on to explain the biblical way in which God can both approve and disapprove the death of Osama bin Laden, and why this is not double-talk.
A year ago I did a post on the subject of Hell. It included a list of articles from a rich diversity of ministers who had various reasons for tackling the subject. The articles are below.
My purpose for the post was to raise “Hell” to its biblical place of priority. However, it seems that the universalist and annihilationalist are doing their best to keep the subject in their biblical mythology casket.
Al Mohler has a couple of recent posts addressing the “hellish” topic. He is a true “antagonizer”of the faith. I chose to “cut to the center of his article” since it began with a question. Unlike Rob Bell and more like the Apostle Paul, Dr. Mohler asks and gives concrete answers. How refreshing!
“What happened to evangelical convictions about hell?
The first issue is a changed view of God. The biblical vision of God has been rejected by the culture as too restrictive of human freedom and offensive to human sensibilities. God’s love has been redefined so that it is no longer holy. God’s sovereignty has been reconceived so that human autonomy is undisturbed. In recent years, even God’s omniscience has been redefined to mean that God perfectly knows all that He can perfectly know, but He cannot possibly know a future based on free human decisions.
Evangelical revisionists promote an understanding of divine love that is never coercive and would disallow any thought that God would send impenitent sinners to eternal punishment in the fires of hell. They are seeking to rescue God from the bad reputation He picked up by associating with theologians who for centuries taught the traditional doctrine. God is just not like that, they reassure. He would never sentence anyone — however guilty — to eternal torment and anguish.”
>Al Mohler….How can a God of love send anyone to Hell http://www.albertmohler.com/2009/08/31/how-can-a-god-of-love-send-anyone-to-hell/#
>John Piper….How willingly do people go to Hell?
>N.T. Wright: What is Hell like? http://www.outofur.com/archives/2010/01/ur_video_nt_wri_1.html
>J.I.Packer…..Annihilation and Hell http://www.reformation21.org/blog/2009/11/packer-on-hell.php
>R.T. Kendall…Raising Hell http://www.ministrytodaymag.com/index.php/evangelical-essentials/17076-raising-hell
>D.A. Carson…. The Terror of Hell and Preach Hell http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2009/11/09/the-existence-of-god-the-reality-of-evil-and-the-terror-of-hill/