I recently heard a sermon by a man called David Pawson who defied anyone to show him where it says â€œGod’s love is unconditionalâ€ in the bible.
Initially it was like being hit on the head when you least expect it. However after the initial shock I listened to what his points were and as far as I can see.
He said the gospel has two parts
The first is justification through Jesus’ sacrifice which allows us to approach God. (by using Jesus’ righteousness â€“ because God can not look on sin).
Now the second part of the gospel is that you are now in a position to made righteous like him. This is the Freedom God gives.
The Freedom God talks about is not the freedom we (society) talk about. The Freedom that God talks about is where we are Free to be Holy. Notice We don’t have to be and not that you should be, but you can be Holy with God’s help.
This is the Freedom that God talks about. The Freedom from sin or the Freedom to be Holy
Ok this may not be radically new to what you have heard before but notice there is not the word love in this gospel.
The point being made is that God is Righteous and so he does what is right. Jesus did what is Right or Righteous, to save us.
Until you are covered by the righteousness of Jesus you are essentially covered in sin. Now God is righteous and he will judge rightly and bring everything to light.
So Where is the ‘love’ that so many people preach
Well God’s love is for the redeemed. He can not ‘love’ you until you are righteous. So once you have repented and follow the ways of Jesus, then you experience God’s love, but not before.
So my title of this piece is God’s love is conditional, and I think it is conditional on you being righteous.
So you can not come â€œjust as you areâ€ to worship God. First of all you must be righteous and then you may boldly approach His throne.
But if you are not righteous, well God has been described as many things including an all consuming fire.
So this is why in the bible you only hear people say â€œrepent and be baptisedâ€ and not â€œfollow God because he loves youâ€.