God's Love Isn't a Blank Check

From Politics & Evangelical Theology :

Scripture elsewhere makes abundantly clear that this blessing on the good and evil, righteous and unrighteous, will not continue forever. There is a final judgment and a heaven and hell. Contrary to the picture of a warm and fuzzy, feel-good Jesus in much sentimental theology, this same Jesus was the most outspoken teacher of hell the world has ever known, even in this same sermon (c.f., Matthew 5:22, 30; 7:13, 20-23; 12:36-37; 25:31-46)! The love that Jesus describes toward the unrighteous is “the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience” and is designed to “lead to repentance” (Romans 2:4). Sadly, many remain unmoved by God’s generosity and refuse to repent. But that in no way changes the fact that God is generous! He loves people, and he loves prosperity. He made them both. And he made them for each other.


Brian Mattson