Quote from Max Lucado in a pamphlet found in the literature rack of a PCA church:

<<God is an inviting God. ... In fact, it seems his favorite word is come. Who can come? Whoever wishes. Jesus gives the invitation. "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock." ... The choice is up to us. Isn't it incredible that God leaves the choice to us? Think about it. There are many things in life we can't choose. We can't, for example, choose the weather. We can't control the economy. But we can choose where to spend eternity. The big choice, God leaves to us. The critical decision is ours. ... What are you doing with his invitation?>>

Quote from Max Lucado's book When Christ Comes (pp. 122-123):

<<How could a loving God send people to hell? That's a commonly asked>question. The question itself reveals a couple of misconceptions.

First, God does not send people to hell. He simply honors their choice. Hell is the ultimate expression of God's high regard for the dignity of man. He has never forced us to choose him, even when that means we would choose hell. As C.S. Lewis stated, "There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done' and those to whom God says, in the end, 'Thy will be done.' All that are in hell choose it." [4]

In another book Lewis said it this way: "I willingly believe the damned are, in one sense, successful rebels to the end; that the doors of hell are locked on the inside." [5]

No, God does not "send" people to hell. Nor does he send "people" to hell. That is the second misconception.

The word people is neutral, implying innocence. Nowhere does Scripture teach that innocent people are condemned. People do not go to hell. Sinners do. The rebellious do. The self-centered do. So how could a loving God send people to hell? He doesn't. He simply honors the choice of sinners.

Endnotes:

4. C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce (New York: Macmillan, 1946), 66-67. As quoted in Blanchard, Whatever Happened to Hell?, 151.

5. C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain (New York: Macmillan, 1967), 127. As quoted in Blanchard, Whatever Happened to Hell?, 152.>>


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