Rebutting Lorna Young teaching of Hellfire
I read hellfire as a punishment for the wicked a little different than Lorna Young who thinks “How could a God of love possibly through his creatures into a lake of fire.” I will bet this is the same thing Satan said when God sentenced him and his fallen angles to the lake of fire.
Take a look at what happens when Christ returns at the end of the tribulation (Rev 19:20). And the Beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Now these two were human beings or wicked ones, people not fallen angles. Now let’s go forward to the end of the Millennium a thousand years later where God is casting Satan into the lake of fire (Rev 20:10) And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
You will notice that the beast and the false prophet and still there a thousand years later still burning in the brimstone. If they burned up and no longer existed then why are they still there? Take a look at (Mark 9 43:44) And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, then having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched:
How can we have a God of love and a God that can cast his creatures into a lake of fire? Lorna is looking at God only through one of his characteristics (love) while ignoring two other characteristics (absolute righteousness and justice). We as human beings have to first come to the cross of Jesus Christ to appropriate the love of God. He who believes in the Son has eternal life: but he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. (John 3:36).
When we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, in that moment God does 36 things for us. I will just mention a few : Born of the Spirit (John 3: 5-8), Baptized with the Spirit (Acts 1:5; 1Cor. 12:13); Indwelt by the Spirit. (John 7:39; Rom 5:5; 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19; Gal. 4:6; 1 John 3:24) The believer is made acceptable to God (Eph. 1:6; 1 Pet. 2:5; He is made righteous by imputation (Rom. 3:22; 1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 5:21; This means that God has imputed or has given us the righteousness of his Son. The Holy Spirit also bring us into union with Christ.
God’s righteousness and Justice they guard His integrity. Whatever His righteousness accepts His Justice has to bless, whatever His righteousness rejects His justice has to judge. When God looks at a believer all he sees is the righteousness of Jesus Christ that He imputed to us at salvation and his righteousness is satisfied (with the work Christ did on the cross) His justice is now free to bless us and we become the reacceptance of his boundless love. Then He is truly a God of love.
Look at the unbeliever or as Lorna Young put it the wicked and remember that God cannot do anything that is incompatible with his character. God’s righteousness cannot have anything to do with sin so it rejects them and then His justice can only judge them. Now we see a Sovereign Holy Righteous Judge that can and will cast all the peoples of the earth that refused to accept the work He did for them when He sent His only into the world to became a human being and to die on the cross that they might be saved.
God can be a God of love and at the same time be a righteous God and still not compromise his integrity.