My name is Jim Wilson. I am 88 years old, pastor of Word of Life Church in Moscow. I am Douglas Wilson’s father.
I am not a regular reader of what goes on in this blog. It would take up too much of my time. However, I have a few things I would like to say. Please do not feel that you must comment or reply; I probably would not see it.
I received Christ October 18, 1947, my second year at the U.S. Naval Academy. In basic beliefs in the gospel and in the moral, social, and ethical applications of the gospel, I am in complete agreement with Douglas. (Or I should say, we both are in agreement with the truths in the Bible.)
As far as the basic beliefs of the gospel, I can dogmatically assert that people who are not Christians are not biblically informed, and it often seems that the Christians are only a little bit more literate than the unbelievers.
This post is primarily for the strong dissenters who express themselves on this blog. It may sound like I think you are not Christians. True. You have not said anything that would make me think otherwise. I would be glad to be wrong in this judgment.
With this in mind, I thought I would take advantage of the prevailing ignorance to inform the unbelievers on Blog & Mablog—and remind the believers—of the life eternal and how to get there. My explanation will not be complete. Check it out with your Bible. If you do not have one, let me know, and I will send you one with a reading schedule for it.
Many years ago, I realized that if I were convinced that the world was round, my conviction would not make it round. If I believed that the Earth was flat, that belief did not make it flat. If I did not believe in the law of gravity, my belief would not change the law. If something is true, it is true independent of my belief or anyone else’s belief. What we believe does not make anything true.
This may be obvious to you, but it is not practiced by anyone. Atheists think there is no God because they believe there is no God. And if someone believes in God, his belief does not create God or recreate the God the atheists did away with.
There is a Heaven, and there is a Hell. There is a God, and He is a rewarder of those who seek Him earnestly.
There are only two types of people in the world. They are not men and women, black and white, etc. They are people who are going to Heaven when they die and people who are going to Hell when they die.
These types of people have one thing in common with each other: they are all sinners. If you do not like the word sinners, substitute “bad.” The Bible says, “the soul that sins shall die,” and “the wages of sin is death,” “there is not a just man on the earth who does good and does not sin,” and “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
The person who is going to Hell does not have to do anything wrong to go there. He has already done more than enough.
The one who is going to Heaven has also met the minimum qualification. He is also bad. Romans 5:6: “Christ died for the ungodly.”
You have to be bad to go to Heaven. Who goes to Heaven or Hell is not based on a scale of relative goodness or badness. Since everyone is bad, no one can go to Heaven as is. You must be clean to go to a clean place like Heaven. How do you get clean?
“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor. 6:9-11).
The first two verses describe the dirt that would not allow anyone into the Kingdom. But some of them made it. They were washed, sanctified, justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. All of them were dirty, and some of them got washed.
How was this possible? Jesus came to this world so that He could die for the sins of the world. In Heaven, He could not die.
“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death” (Heb. 2:14-15).