“Conditional Immortality” -- By: J. Oliver Buswell, Jr.
BSac 85:338 (April 1928) p. 157
Since my article on “Sin and Its Punishment” published in the
I have wished to prepare for this issue of the
I should like to close the argument for the present in the words of a great evangelical scholar of the present generation: (“What the Bible Teaches”—R. A. Torrey, pages 312–314).
Question. What about our impenitent friends and loved ones?
Answer: (a) It is better to recognize facts, no matter how unwelcome, and try to save these friends from the doom to which they are certainly hurrying than to quarrel with facts and seek to remove them by shutting our eyes to them. You cannot avert a hurricane by merely refusing to believe it is coming, (b) If we love Christ supremely, as we should love Him, and realize His glory and His claims upon men, as we should realize them, we will say if the dearest friend we have on earth persists in trampling Christ under foot, he ought to be tormented forever and ever.
BSac 85:338 (April 1928) p. 158
“Suppose one you greatly love should commit some hideous wrong against one you love more, and persist in it eternally, would you not consent to his eternal punishment?
“If, after men have sinned and God still offers them mercy, and makes the tremendous sacrifice of His Son to save them—if they still despise that mercy and trample God’s Son under foot, if then they are consigned to everlasting torment, I say: ‘Amen, Hallelujah! True and righteous are Thy judgments, O Lord!’
“At all events the doctrine of conscious, eternal torment for impenitent men is clearly revealed in the Word of God, and whether we can defend it on philosophic grounds or not, it is our business to believe it; and leave it to the clearer light of Eternity to explain what we cannot now understand, realizing that God may have inf...
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