Dear brother, I have been reading that you are embracing the teaching of Arlen Chitwood with respect to the "outer darkness".This leads to confusion in my spirit and we know God is not the author of confusion.Do you sincerely believe this is for the "believer"?If so, how can a believer reconcile with the assurance of our "Blessed Hope"?
..".while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ."
This teaching seems to negate the meaning of "blessed" and "hope".
I am reminded of 2 passages in John and Romans:..the peace that has been left for us. The loving instruction to... "not let our hearts be troubled or afraid" and the "hope" in our Heavenly Father. My heart would be extremely troubled and afraid if I had outer darkness to look forward to!
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
Peace and Hope"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God."Mr Belanger, please help me understand how I, a sinner saved only by grace and the Blood of the Cross, clinging to "it is finished", watching with joyful anticipation for the soon return of my sweet Jesus and Lord......now should be focused on being thrown into outer darkness for something "I" have done or not done.I know so little. Therefore I need help in explaining what I have to look forward to other than being with my Jesus forever."I go to prepare a place for you that where I am, there ye may be also". John 14I can't think my Jesus was planning on outer darkness for the believer.Thank you so much for an explanation.It is the Cross......plus nothing.Nothing in my hands I bring.Simply to Thy Cross I cling.Hischild