Tuesday, July 22, 2014 4:51 AM

The Foundational Rule of WWJD

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 4:51 AM
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 4:51 AM

The best known verse in the Bible is John3.16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. It is from this verse that we get the phrase “what would Jesus do?” This phrase of WWJD is used by Universalist to teach that God loves everyone and all is acceptable. The Bible must be taken as a whole and in no other place in the Bible does it depict God loving sin or the sinner. In fact, in every other place it depicts and quotes God as saying that He hates sin, and wrath is stored up for the sinner. This next quote by Arthur Pink describes this Biblical understanding.

“If it be true that God loves every member of the human family, then why did our Lord tell His disciples “He that has My commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves Me: and he that loves Me shall be loved of My Father…If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him.” (John 14:21, 23)? Why say “he that loves me shall be loved of My Father?” if the Father loves everybody? The same limitation is found in Prov. 8:17: “I love them that love Me.” Again we read, “Thou hates all workers of iniquity”—not merely the works of iniquity. Here then is a flat repudiation of present teaching that, God hates sin but loves the sinner; Scripture says, “Thou hates all workers of iniquity” (Ps. 5:5)!”[1]

We need to teach that God is love, not that God loves every unbeliever and their sin. The teaching that love trumps all including God’s wrath leaves the unbeliever with a false sense of security. The foundational rule of belief is love. The foundational rule of unbelief is salvation (Repent).



[1] Pink, A. W. (2005). Objections to God's Sovereignty Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

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