C.H. Spurgeon

Sinners, let me address you with words of life; Jesus wants nothing from you, nothing whatsoever, nothing done, nothing felt; he gives both work and feeling. Ragged, penniless, just as you are, lost, forsaken, desolate, with no good feelings, and no good hopes, still Jesus comes to you, and in these words of pity he addresses you, "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out."

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Hate Speech For Hate Speech : Pleasure In Death

As you may already know Jerry Falwell fell asleep for the last time Wednesday May 15, 2007.

I am honestly not sure what all of Falwell’s personal convictions and teachings were. I am not a Falwell-ite or a Falwell follower so I really don’t know if I personally agree or disagree with all that he stood for and voiced.

With that said, I find it interesting that those who claim he was full of “hate speech” have such “hate speech” against him. I think it is somewhat interesting for one to condemn a person of “hate speech” by using “hate speech”. [see here]

What does this say about individual character? Almost like kids – “They did it first!”

Really I don’t want to focus on the bashing of the “friendly” non-theists here, but us Christians. How do we handle this when we are placed in the same condition?

When the Taliban strikes with hate do we desire justice or do we spue speech like “Just kill them all” meaning all Muslims? I’ve heard a preacher say from the pulpit that we should kill all the “rag heads”. Was it worse that he said such or worse that there were “Amen’s” from the congregation? I’ll let you decide.

While all the screaming of “kill him”, about Sadam, did anyone spend the time to ask God to convict his heart, grant him repentance, and open his eyes to the truth of salvation found in Christ? We are told to [Ezekiel 3; 33].

Sure he deserved to pay for his sins (as we all do), but did you rejoice in your belief of him descending to hell or did it bother you at all even in the slightest of what he may endure for all of eternity? Is it because you are “better” than he?

Let’s take a look at Ezekiel 18:

23, Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

32, For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

And Ezekiel 33:

11, Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

The Lord GOD says He has “no pleasure in the death of the wicked”, do we?


JohnFen said...

Well, this "friendly" non-theist isn't dancing on anyone's grave. Although I don't think death is a sad thing for those who die, it certainly is for those left behind, and his loved ones have my sincere sympathies.

As to the vitriol spilled in his direction, you have to admit that it's understandable. This is a man who has expressed nothing but hatred and contempt for people who weren't his kind of Christian. Especially for atheists. He said a number of times that when all the atheists, pagans, and homosexuals die and burn in hell, he will not only rejoice but there will be dancing in heaven. So it's understandable that people are giving him a bit of what he himself gave.

BEAST said...

Ah, Falwell, Falwell.

I normally wouldn't celebrate someone's demise, but as for that chubby franks of vermin, vitrolic speeches, and superstitious nonsense, I think his death is indeed a blessing.

Well, think of it this way: This is the same moron who blames homosexuality and secularists for the events of 911, didn't mince words when attacking homosexuals, and runs a racket full of ignorant Christians who run his shady business.

Am I happy that he is dead? Yes. Do I hate his family members? No.

Call me a turd all you want, but he reaped what he sowed.

John Bunyan

To be saved is to be preserved in the faith to the end. 'He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.' (Mt. 24:13) Not that perseverance is an accident in Christianity, or a thing performed by human industry; they that are saved 'are kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation.' (1 Pet. 1: 3-6) But perseverance is absolutely necessary to the complete saving of the soul…. He that goeth to sea with a purpose to arrive at Spain, cannot arrive there if he be drowned by the way; wherefore perseverance is absolutely necessary to the saving of the soul.