"And right there, we found our impasse. Keep in mind the gulf between us isn't found in our theology--I wholeheartedly agree that Jesus is the only way to the Father, and if you don't follow Him you will spend eternity apart from Him, which, fires or not, will be a true hell. No, where we parted ways was in which approach we were choosing to introduce people to Jesus. He wanted to talk about consequences. I prefer to talk about acceptance. He wanted me to start using fear as a ministry tool, whereas I much prefer to use love." -- Darren Wilson
There is a lot to unpack here. The first point is that this is precisely an issue of theology. This is a matter of what we do and do not believe. Darren Wilson thinks you can "introduce someone" to Jesus apart from His Gospel. You cannot. The second point is that Darren believes in the false theology that hell is merely being separated from God and seems to throw some shade at the notion of the fires of hell. Yes it is true that you will be separated from God but that waters it down, strips out the fire and brimstone that the Bible makes plain will be present. This is not an approach issue but let us examine the four characteristics he lists. The first two are consequences and acceptance. This may come as a shock to Darren Wilson but there is no acceptance without consequences. The first word from the mouth of Jesus was repent! This sums up the complete theological disconnect from Darren Wilson. He believes you can evangelize people by telling them how much they are accepted by God when God has absolutely not accepted them. Repentance, which Wilson has disguised here as consequences, is necessary before God accepts you.
Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. -- Acts 3: 19-21 (ESV)
What is first? Acceptance or repentance? This is the false jesus that Wilson peddles. The one who accepts you without any change. The second set of two words is fear and love. Here Wilson is trying to be cute. The word is not fear -- it is truth. Judgment preachers are not selling fear beloved. They are in fact selling love. This is the point that Wilson never gets because he has confused his carnal views on love with God's agape love. It is because God so LOVED the world that He sent His only Son to die for our sins. You cannot separate out repentance from love. If Darren Wilson truly loved you he would tell you the truth. If Jesus Christ came back today preaching His Gospel, Wilson would throw Him out of his church and accuse Him of legalism! Wilson continues:
"My life was forever changed when I met Jesus face to face. It's not something I have ever shared publicly, and I don't know if I ever will to be honest. It was a moment between us, and some moments are so precious and so intimate that to invite others into them almost seems inappropriate. But while the details of that encounter will remain private for the time being, I can tell you one part of it. At one point, Jesus took my face and turned it to His. When I looked directly into the eyes of Jesus for the first time in my life, I did not see anger. I did not see wrath. I didn't see judgment or even an ounce of frustration. All I saw was love. Endless, rolling hills of love. You guys, it's all He is--pure, spotless love." -- Darren Wilson
Wow. It's all He is? Really Darren? I will not even get into the overtly sexual nature of this alleged encounter. Wilson sounds like he is writing a Harlequin Romance Novel. He took my face and turned it to his and I saw rolling hills of endless love"ugh. You have to understand that this paragraph is from the playbook of false teachers, especially in the NAR. It is called direct revelation. Since they know so little of what they believe is defensible through the Bible they add onto the Word by claiming God spoke to them directly. Kim Walker-Smith claims she had a latte with Father God in the throne room. Joseph Prince claims every sermon is given to him directly from God. All of the false prophets claim direct downloads and fresh words from the Lord. Darren Wilson has this half story without any details about a soap opera moment where all he could see was love so therefore he knows it is true! Except it is not. God does not violate His Word -- period. Jesus taught repentance Darren. He taught judgment. He taught about heaven and hell. Do you know why Darren? Because He so loved everyone that He did not want to omit any truth. Mercifully, Wilson concludes:
"What's the best way to preach the gospel? I'm beginning to think that may be the wrong question. That question implies that there are different versions of the gospel, when in fact there is only one. Jesus loves you. Jesus died for you. Jesus wants to change you, make you into the person you were always intended to be. To focus on what's coming is to miss the point entirely. Jesus isn't fire insurance for some future event. He is now. He is present in your circumstances and your life right here. When asked to describe Himself in Exodus 3:14, God's answer was telling. I Am. He is indeed" -- Darren Wilson
Wow again. I must be honest with you beloved. When you see such stark heresy being openly taught as the Gospel it is staggering. The beginning of the Gospel is indeed that God loves you. So much so, He did not want you to suffer eternally for your sins. So He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place. Wilson left out the fact that He rose on the third day. Without the resurrection there is no Gospel. The rest of Darren Wilson's false gospel tells you all you need to know. Jesus does not want to change you and make you into the person you were always meant to be. That is Purpose Driven NAR theology 101. It is true that we are to be transformed and God desires us to become more Christlike but that is in direct response to our repentance! The transformation is because we view sin differently!