J. Grant Swank, Jr.
NazNet Coordinator Hans Deventer cannot bring himself to accept Jesus’ clear statements regarding eternal punishment for the unsaved.
This is what Deventer provided on NazNet:
“The other day this verse crossed my mind:
4 Sing to the LORD, you saints of his;
praise his holy name.
5 For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may remain for a night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning. (Psalm 30)
7 "For a brief moment I abandoned you,
but with deep compassion I will bring you back.
8 In a surge of anger
I hid my face from you for a moment,
but with everlasting kindness
I will have compassion on you,"
says the LORD your Redeemer. (Isaiah 54)
“Do these verses sound like God will maintain endless conscious suffering in hell?”
Deventer, always tending to experiment with the Bible, considering it to be fallible, refuses to accept the eternal punishment of the unredeemed. Therefore, he explains away Jesus’ warnings of everlasting damnation.
This is sheer hubris, of which Deventer is not averse. In fact, when reading this NazNet staff member’s posts, they frequently state the gospel according to Deventer rather than the divinely revealed eternal truths.
Deventer delights in posing questions about Jesus’ teachings concerning those who reject the sinless Sacrifice’s provision for salvation. In that, Deventer even goes so far as to believe in the annihilation of unsaved souls.
He cannot bring himself to accept the divine justice inherent in an eternal hell. He is more than willing to write copiously about divine love and mercy. But when it comes to the divine anger and justice, he wilts.
That is not healthy for a theological segment on the site, such stating repeatedly that it is a “friend” to the Church of the Nazarene.
The Church of the Nazarene history is one of total loyalty to the Bible as God’s revealed truth. Therefore, when it comes to the clear verses concerning heaven and hell, they have been preached in the Church of the Nazarene just as one reads them in the Bible.
However, then comes along Deventer who has the most fun whittling away, carving out his own definitions, and finally questioning the substance of the verses studied.
Read “Church of the Nazarene Threatened by Heretical Naznet Site” at http://www.magic-city-news.com/J_Grant_Swank_61/Church_of_the_Nazarene_Threatened_by_Heretical_Naznet_Site13013.shtml
When is NazNet founder / coordinator Dave McClung going to expunge Deventer’s heresies? Unless he does, NazNet continues to be an enemy to the holiness foundation of the Church of the Nazarene.
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