R.C. Sproul | – Should we tell unbelievers that God loves them?

Does God love the whole world, even nonbelievers? From one of our Ask Ligonier events, John MacArthur suggests that the Lord’s patient benevolence toward a sinful world should drive people to God’s saving love in Christ.

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  1. I may be out to lunch, but GOD loves those people who believe in Him and he despises those that do not believe in Him or are untrue to Him. We have in one way or another twisted the Bible and the words of Jesus and made Christians so spineless that they no longer defend their right to worship their GOD. Shame on = You Christians!! You support BLM by doing nothing to promote the truth.

  2. @0:04, can God love the world when the scriptures say, LOVE NOT THE WORLD? Jn 3:16 is proof that God does NOT love the world, else he would NOT have made justification of sin conditional upon faith in his Son — after all Christ died for the sins of the whole world — when we all know that it is impossible to believe without the grace of God. Since majority of mankind will never believe in Christ, and are completely averse to the Truth, it infers that God gives NO grace to majority of fallen humanity, because he does not love them.

    Jn 3:16 is therefore not the world's passport into God's house, it's a road block, which makes telling the world that God loves the world mostly a lie.

  3. Yes we should because: "There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears is not complete in love." 1 John 4:18

    If someone repents because of fear of punishment it's not genuine. It will cause a works based attitude when it comes to faith and their relationship with God but the one who knows they are loved so much by God that they are grieved by what their sin causes and how it grieves God will be a true convert fully committed to the Lord.

  4. John MacArthur can be a little harsh in my opinion. The love of Jesus and that very real human side has to be there otherwise you're just ramming cold theology at people. Even seasoned Christians need this reminder.

  5. Why worry about telling a third party that god loves them.
    Test your belief before you start making claims about it to other people.
    There is a delta between what you believe and what gods word states. Both cannot be true.

  6. Have some modesty and say "The god I believe in…" rather than just God. If you're talking people who aren't theist or believe in a different religion then you're not talking about a shared truth you're talking about your opinion of what's true.

  7. When I saw the title of your video, I knew there was no need for me to look at it. As I have stated earlier, I use to believe as you and I did so for 35 years, 10 of those years were as a minister.

    I will leave you with a couple of points to ponder.

    I do not know if you have children but you must ask yourself this question. If your child grew up to dislike you and totally went the way of evil, could you dig a pit in your backyard and cast them into it and light it on fire? Could you sit there with all your other family members and watch for all eternity this child burn in torment that never ended?

    I will answer for you! You would say no way! You love this child not because of what they had done or not done. You would say your love for them was unconditional. Not only that, you would want to take the place of your child instead of watching them suffer and burn in torment. If you did not, I would say you need to go see a shrink and get on meds asap.

    Now, by you claiming you would not do that, only says that you believe that your love is greater than the love of your God. You are actually better than your God which we all know is impossible.

    You see, the christian God that I use to teach about is a very sick and twisted God. We use to teach that God loves you unconditionally, however if you do not love Him back, He would cast you into a lake of fire and let you burn for all eternity.

    Something is wrong here!!!! There is an elephant in the room and not only that, He is taking a large crap right in the middle of it and no-one is smelling it. That's christianity for you. A religion of man, not a religion of God the Father of all creation.

    When the Lord showed me trough properly translated scriptures, that He was not the Creator of a place called hell, it totally changed my life. I no longer see Him in the light of a false religion called Christianity. It is a man made religion.

    Why would you believe one mans testimony on a video over the properly translated scriptures? I would say to you, let God be true and every man a liar. This man is being used by satan to propagate the lies of mans religion.

    When you stand before the Lord on that day, at the judgement seat of Christ, how will you answer Him when He asks you about why you taught that He, was an eternal tormentor but on the other hand that He loved His creation unconditionally?

    You have a lot to learn which only Christ can show you. Your eyes are blinded by the religions of man and so were mine for over 35 years. Your love is better and greater than the Lord you serve. Something is rotten in Denmark!

    By the way, Christ is the Savior of all mankind while they were still sinners. Christ died and was buried for three days and then resurrected from the dead. You may say you believe this but you really cannot if you believe your love is greater than His.

    Jesus Christ is not an eternal tormentor. It is only in the vain imaginations of the men of religion just like your friend in the video. None of it lines up the Word of our Lord properly translated.

    Jesus is Lord for the glory of his Father. He came and gave His life for all mankind. His love is unconditional. God did not create Hs creation to burn for all eternity in a mythical place called hell. That my friend, is a doctrine of demons that belongs to a sick and twisted religion of man.

    Either our Lord's love is unconditional or not. You cannot divide Him and have it both ways. Yes, He will judge the world at the end of times, but through His love, by sending His only begotten Son to die for all mankind, He will then be reconciled back to ALL of His creation.

    If He was, as you say He is, an eternal tormentor, He had His Son killed for nothing and Him being resurrected from the dead, has no power over death, sin and the grave.

  8. Mr. McArthur has the audacity to use John 3:16 to tell the world that God loves them, but, Mr. McArthur, being a true proponent of the T.U.L.I.P. teaching , John 3:16 for him is not true literally speaking. John 3:16 should be interpreted within the context of the T.U.L.I.P. teaching. unfortunately.

  9. i believe its very important to stay in a constant state of repentance, as soon as i do think feel or say anything i know is displeasing to God i immediately ask for forgiveness, in this way im more sensitive to The Prompting of The Holy SPirit & am able to operate in A Confidence that Comes 'from The Holy SPirit and 'Not myself, So if im 'Led' by The Holy SPirit of God to tell someone theyre loved by God, i will…and im able to rejoice because 'when' we allow ourselves to be Led by God & not by what we think is right or some type of carnal evangelization, youll be amazed to discover that the person youre telling 'Will' be ready to receive or at the very least open to be prayed for
    though always their hearts are tender…Not by my strength or might but by The Power of The Holy SPirit of God.

  10. God DOES love everyone and DOES have a wonderful plan for everyone’s lives but He won’t force that plan on anyone. If you want to let your sin separate you from God’s love for you and plan for you, God will give you exactly what you want.

  11. God only loves his elect and Jesus only died on the cross for his church and his church alone! God hated Esau and loved Jacob before either one of them have done any good or evil or either one of them were even born! Read your Bible!

  12. Now I don't agree with this teaching but I'm not going to do what many Christians do: going to videos they don't agree with and say nasty things about the teaching because I'm pretty sure the Lord doesn't want us to do such things. I've looked at this and I disagree but I will politely move on and let those who agree with this do so in peace.

  13. What? Yes, He does? That’s not what Scripture says. God so loved the world as He created it, and He verbally expressed that all was very good. And He loved it so much not to leave it unredeemed! It does not say that God loves, but that He loved!

  14. After we tell unbelievers that God loves them we need to define what biblical love is. Most people equate love and acceptance which leads them to think that God loves and accepts their sin

  15. God's word tells us HOW He so loved us. That He gave us His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
    For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

  16. Jesus loves you all and is coming soon! ❤️ if you haven’t repented and turned from sin and accepted Jesus as Savior believing He died and rose again for you, today is perfect and scripture says that today is the day of salvation!!

  17. God sent his son, Jesus to be crucified on the cross to atone for the sins of all who would believe in him so that they may have eternal life shared with God. Jesus rose from the dead 3 days later and appeared to his disciples and sent them into the world to proclaim the good news that the kingdom of heaven is available to us through faith in Jesus. He then ascended into heaven where he sits at the right hand of God the father. He is coming back again to get all who believed so they can be with him in his kingdom. Don't take my word for it. Read the Bible and let God show you himself. He has chosen to reveal himself to us through his word. Praise God!

  18. How often do you hear people say “God loves everyone” or “God hates the sin but not the sinner” or “We are all children of God?” Well guess what, none of them are scriptural and they are all simply lies. God never said those things in scripture! These fallacies are coming from foolish people who usually like to twist this one verse of scripture.

    “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
    ‭‭John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    God loves the righteous but God definitely hates anyone who chooses to do evil.

    “The LORD tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind Shall be the portion of their cup. For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭11:5-7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    “For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, Nor shall evil dwell with You. The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭5:4-5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    “These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭6:16-19‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭8:13‬ ‭NKJV

    “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.”
    ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭2:4-6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    “But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.”
    ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭2:14-16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    So scripture states that the Nicolaitans were a people who worshipped idols and who were sexually immoral and Jesus hated them for it. So does God pick and chose whom He loves or who He hates? It actually depends on the individual themself and what they choose to do with their own free will. For example, Jacob chose righteousness but Esau chose evil.

    “As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭9:13‬ ‭NKJV

    God created everyone but not everyone is a child of God. You can either choose to follow God and His commands and be His child or you can choose to live in sin and do evil. If you chose to live in sin then you are choosing to be a child of the devil which then proves that not everyone is a child of God.

    “Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
    ‭‭John‬ ‭8:42-44‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.”
    ‭‭I John‬ ‭3:4-9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    This is why the majority of people who claim to believe in Jesus will simply perish in their ignorance and their sin. Because of their misguided beliefs about scripture they have chosen to follow lies that were fabricated by the devil. For example, most believers have no idea of what it even means to be born again. Most foolishly believe that once they receive the Holy Spirit they are now born again and that is simply a lie that was concocted by the devil.

    Just look at the delusional once saved always saved crowd. They definitely will perish in their sin. They foolishly believe that they are born again and that it is impossible for them to ever lose their salvation. Some will even boast that they are “already saved” even though there is not one scripture that even relates that kind of wayward thinking. Scripture simply relates what we need to do and believe so that we “will be saved.” They are a prime example of a true child of the devil since they have twisted the scriptures to justify their ignorant and evil beliefs.

    “Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.”
    ‭‭II Peter‬ ‭3:14-16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬