Offensive Grace Word Problem

Okay, Martin Luther. I see your last sentence there. Salvation God’s grace alone, through faith alone, by Christ alone. Let’s see if you really believe that. Here’s the scenario, your word problem, I want your answer. By God’s grace, Benedict hears the Gospel of 1st Corinthians 15:1-4 in a church parking lot. (You cannot hear it in a church nowadays, get real). He believes in Jesus for a moment. He is immediately spiritually saved, baptized into the death and resurrection of Christ, he is forgiven of all his sins past, present and future, he is born again, he is declared not guilty of all his sins, he is a child of God, he is spiritually alive, he irrevocably destined for Heaven, he is guaranteed to go to Heaven, he has eternal life, and he is forever indwelled by God the Holy Spirit.

Exactly one second after this, before he can even voice his belief, his little daughter is run over by an SUV in the church parking lot (people wanted to get out of there in a hurry!) Benedict immediately renounces his faith, curses God, asks why God would let such a thing happen. He does zero good works. He becomes a mass murderer, he blasphemes God, he burns down churches, he becomes a homosexual child molester rapist, he renounces his faith again right before he dies, he never repents of his sins and evil actions, and then he starts himself on fire, jumping off a building, committing suicide.

Crazy, evil, sinful, undesirable and wicked scenario, I know. But he does it all. He ends up conscious in the afterlife. Where is he, Heaven or Hell, and why?

Answer: He is in Heaven, because he has eternal life.

Curtis Smale


  1. Right. False professors don’t and never did believe in Christ. But that is not what I described. I was talking about a true believer with the worst character imaginable. A “real saved Christian” has nothing whatsoever to do with his behavior. It has to do with whether he believed in Jesus at any point. What you are talking about is not salvation, but Spirit-led Christ-like character.


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