Sheep go to Heaven, Goats go to Hell

Matthew 25:46

46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.

There has been tons of buzz in the blogosphere over the last few days over universalism. Just Google the name Rob Bell, Justin Taylor, John Piper, or Kevin DeYoung to catch up on all the action. I say action because it has been maelstrom of activity all week centering on this question of whether at the end of our life God separates us into groups of those who live and enjoy Him forever and and those who are forever punished. Not that I have much to offer to the discussion other than to say that in my studies of the scriptures I am inclined to believe that there is a division of people into groups that will dwell eternally with God and those who will not. Read through Matthew 25. Jesus finished each of these parables about the end of the age indicating that some will join Him and some will be left to eternal punishment. I don’t see a universalist message in Jesus’ teaching that says everyone will be reconciled to God. I think we have to be cautious when we start questioning the teaching of our Lord. I think it is arrogant to accept Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins and then turn around and dismiss His teachings. I feel like I am on a bit of rant today and that is usually not a tone a take here, but this is important stuff. How are we to live as strangers and aliens, set apart for the work of God’s advancing Kingdom, if we do not believe that a separation between kingdoms exist? How do we righty glorify God when we say that all gods are equal? And how do we appreciate and honor the sacrifice of Jesus, beaten, broken, bloodied, and dying on a cross if that sacrifice is just one road to eternal reconciliation to God? Lay down your ideas of what you think makes sense or is right and search for the deeper truth of Jesus. We are flawed. Left to our own devices we tend to worship ourselves. We are not gods. There is no eternal life in our own morality and self-determination.

Father, thank you for your kingdom and your plan of reconciliation. I pray that you would touch all who read this with your truth and that you would save us through the sacrifice of your Son Jesus. In His name, Amen.

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5 thoughts on “Sheep go to Heaven, Goats go to Hell

  1. Satan always perpetuates his distortions of truth. No big deal. Many never ‘seek’ the truth…and thus..nver find it. They are swept away with every wind of doctrine. Each man has the choice to ‘search’ to see whether those things be true…or he can believe a lie….he is ‘without excuse.’ The battle is over and God won. lol. No sweat.

    Good post. TRUTH is available to all who desire it.

    • Carolyn, thanks for the comment and welcome to the blog. I was listening to an audio presentation of the book of Revelation this morning and over and over Jesus says “he who has ears, let him hear”. I think what you are saying is correct. The truth is there and we have be dilengent to seek the truth so that we can discern the lie.

      Blessings.

      Tony

  2. Amen and amen, brother! As long as you’re ranting the truth for Jesus Christ, rant all you want 🙂 You just keep giving whatever truth He presses on you. I have missed your blog!

  3. Tony, I found your blog from a comment you posted on Eden’s blog. This is a great post, a topic I’ve written about a few times on my own blog. I’m reminded of Paul’s warning to Timothy:

    “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:3-5.

    I think that time has come, and it has invaded the church. It’s one thing when non-believers say things that are in error. It is quite another when those who profess to be Christian pastors and teachers preach and teach the universalist message that is so contrary to scripture. Thanks for “ranting” about this today. Peace, Linda

    • Linda,

      Thanks for commenting and stopping by. I think you are right. It is becoming more and more that error is popping up in the church. Challenging stuff.

      Tony

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