The following was posted on Twitter by a pastor.
A tweet by a pastor:
“Jesus healed the centurion’s son and hung out with tax collectors.
He ate with prostitutes and comforted widows.
He came to save both the oppressed and the oppressor. The reality is they are both trapped in the same system of sin.
He came to seek and save ALL the lost.”
A tweet in response to the above was then posted:
“Truth. It’s hard for a lot of people to grasp, but Jesus loves everyone. Even those we tend to hate. They are damaged people too. None is perfect. Not one. And He desires all.”
I recently completed a pretty in-depth study of the common claim “God loves everyone.” The Bible provides a mountain of clear teaching which refutes such a claim. It is statements like these “tweets” being made by so-called pastors and professing Christians that are working to keep the oppressed in bondage to the wicked.
Is it really true the the oppressed and the oppressor are both “trapped in the same system of sin”? Does the Bible present the wicked as being simply “damaged people”? Yes, Jesus ate with tax-gatherers and sinners, but His response to his enemies such as the Pharisees was quite different. He said things like this to them:
Mat 21:31-32 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you. (32) For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.
So that pastor and his commenter are teaching a false gospel. They are oppressing the oppressed. They are warping and perverting the cross of Christ and they are giving evil a free hand to abuse and oppress and still enter heaven.
Pastor, you will give an account to Christ one day for your false and enslaving teaching.
Pastor Crippen’s Bible 11-part series titled “Does God Love Everyone?” can be found at our Youtube channel.