Three Very Hot Christian Topics
While not every Christian can inform a non-believer what they must do to be saved, most have formulated an opinion regarding these three popular issues. Now I am sorry to have to break it to you, but we are
A Quick History Lesson
Who are these people spoken of in this passage? The descendants of Esau are the Edomites and Esau we recall is Jacob’s brother. The Moabites and the Ammonites are descendants of Lot and we recall that Lot is Abraham’s nephew. What I want us to garner from the passage is that these folks, along with the Amorites, were non-believers and that God blessed them with victory over their enemies and with a specific land in which they could reside (not in the Promised Land by the way).
It’s true. God blessed these unbelieving nations (then) and He blesses the incredulous today. It is precisely at this point where the controversy begins for (far to) many Christians. “What does this mean? I thought God only blesses those who believe in Him?” we are often heard to say. I suppose the difference is that believers recognize God’s blessing, are appreciative, and thus receive a more abundant blessing, while non-believers do not recognize God as the giver of all good things, and consequently do not tend to receive abundantly.
…For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust…Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Matthew 5:45b and James 1:17
The debates commence when in recognition of this truth (God blesses the unsaved) the doctrine is falsely extended to mean that a) all gods are the same and b) everyone regardless of faith, is going to Heaven. That is simply not true—there is only One way to the Father and that is through His Only Son, Jesus the Christ. In this regard we must never interpret the Father’s graciousness to all as salvation for all. “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise…but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) Jesus said…
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6