30 December, 2006

Saddam in Hell- should Christians be happy?

Just over a year ago I told you of the execution of Tookie Williams in California. This weekend Saddam Hussein was executed by the people of Iraq for murdering hundreds of Iraqi people. As Christians we are to rejoice in justice served by the sword of the magistrate, but to be heavily saddened by this death as well. Hell is never to be taken lightly since hell is not the absence of God, but the fullness of God in justice without mercy.

Ezekiel 33:11 "Say to them: 'As I live,' says the Lord GOD, 'I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?'

Friends, if you do not know of your eternal destiny- flee to Christ for the remission of sins.

The Reformed Doctrine of Hell

4 comments:

Droll Flood said...

-The Ezekiel passage you cited generally applies to all men or is that statement within the context of the covenantal people?

-I really think that hanging was sort of going easy on him.

-Ps. 149!

Nate said...

As a Presbyterian I believe in the free offer of the gospel. The text applies to all men.

Andrew Duggan said...

Too bad that although a secular dictator that oppressed the church can no longer do that, he has been replaced by the tyranny of Sharia, and the oppression of the church is even worse than it was before. I'm reminded of Matt 12:43-45, an evil dictator was cast out, and the country was swept and garnished by the U.S. military, but the many other evil rulers have taken his place and the state of that country is worse now than before.

I'm glad you quoted Ezekiel 33. If God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked, who can? We must all turn from our own wickedness and turn to Christ and live. Muhammed says: "Submit or die." Christ says: "Believe in me and live forever."

Droll Flood said...

"As a Presbyterian I believe in the free offer of the gospel."

-This is something that is a distinction of Presbyterianism? Is it consistent with the sense of Scripture's rhetoric to put the gospel in terms of an offer? Yeah, yeah, I know lots have cited it in terms of an offer in history. I want to see Scriptural texts that proclaim this sense.