...and then I HAVE TO get to work! But I read this article on a pastor in Seattle who preaches a hyper-masculine, damnation-to-most-people gospel in Seattle, and I had to comment on it. Apparently, Calvinism is making a comeback. I'm not too familiar with Reformation-era theology, but my relationship with God, though not the strongest, still tells me that this idea of who He is and how salvation works just isn't right. God may be an angry, jealous god, but He isn't anger and he isn't jealousy. Quite the contrary, the Bible says God is not just loving, but that He is love itself. And that selfless love that took away the sin of the world doesn't arbitrarily divide humanity into the heaven- and hell-bound, but stands there with arms open waiting for us to come to Him of our own accord. Salvation lies in the choice we make, not in the fate we have no control over.
Of course liberal queer that I am that Pastor Driscoll anathemizes, I believe in a wide salvation. A God who is the divine epitomy of good, will not, I believe, condemn anyone but the truly evil to hell. The vast, vast majority of people who are just lost in their own lives have done nothing to deserve that kind of torment. They may not have accepted Jesus as their personal savior, but they live a life of love for their family and friends, and what is more Christ-like than that? In short, Pastor Driscoll, for the love of God, get the love of God.