In his column Will Adam Lanza burn in hell?” Mr. Kinsolving clearly perverts Scripture in an attempt to repudiate the doctrine of eternal punishment. It was Jesus Himself who said that we ought to fear God “who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). And it will be Jesus Himself who condemns the unrighteous on the day of judgment: “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels. … And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 25:41,46).

This will be the lot of all who reject the gospel of salvation, not merely those who commit heinous crimes such as Adam Lanza, “when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10). It doesn’t get any plainer than that. Scripture clearly teaches the condemnation of every unbeliever!

Moreover, the verses Mr. Kinsolving cited hardly contradict the doctrine of eternal punishment in hell. In the context of redemption, terms such as “all men” and “whole world” refer to all ethnicities (Jews and Greeks/Gentiles), classes (slave and free), and genders (male and female) of men who believe the gospel, not every individual without exception: “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:26-29).

In short, Jesus did not redeem all men without exception by His atoning death, but only all men “out of” every nation who believe the gospel without distinction: “For You [the Lord Jesus Christ] were slain, and have redeemed us to G od by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth” (Revelation 5:9-10).

Roger Mann

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