- The gospel is offensive.
- The Kingdom of God is offensive.
- Jesus, the King of the Kingdom is a rock of offense (Romans 9:33).
- His doctrine of hell where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth is offensive and his declaration that there will be a separation between those who are sons of the Kingdom and those who are not is offensive.
- Jesus’s interpretation of his own parable in Matthew 13:36-43 is a hard pill to swallow in pluralistic, relativistic, gospel-denying Western culture.
36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, 42 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. (ESV)
Question: Do you believe there will be a separation and some will be delivered over to be burned? What are you doing about it?