In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Jessa posted a picture on Instagram with the words, "It is appointed unto men once they die, but after this the judgement [sic] - Hebrews 9:27."
She accompanied the post with a very lengthy caption, part of which reads, "...'You must believe or be damned,' saith the Bible. And hark, the threat of God is as unchangeable as God himself. And when a thousand years of hell's torment shall have passed away, who shall look on heaven and shall see written in letters of burning fire, 'He that believeth not, shall be damned!' 'But Lord, I am damned.' Nevertheless it says 'shall be,' 'still,' until a million ages have rolled away and you are exhausted by your pains and agonies. You shall turn up your eyes and still see, 'SHALL BE DAMNED.'"
"Whoever believes in Him [Jesus] is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God." (John 3:18) --------------------------- Every threatening of God, as well as every promise, shall be fulfilled. Talk of decrees? I will tell you of a decree: "He that believeth not shall be damned." That is a decree and a statute that can never be changed. Be as good as you please, be as moral as your can. Be as honest as you will, walk as uprightly as you may. There stands the unchangeable threatening, "He that believeth not shall be damned." What sayest thou to that, moralist? Oh, thou wishest thou could alter it and say, "He that does not live a holy life shall be damned." That will be true, but it does not say so. It sayeth "He that doth not believe..." Here is a stumblingblock--here is a rock of offense--but you cannot alter it. "You must believe or be damned," saith the Bible. And hark, the threat of God is as unchangeable as God himself. And when a thousand years of hell's torment shall have passed away, who shall look on heaven and shall see written in letters of burning fire, 'He that believeth not, shall be damned!' "But Lord, I am damned." Nevertheless it says "shall be," "still," until a million ages have rolled away and you are exhausted by your pains and agonies. You shall turn up your eyes and still see, "SHALL BE DAMNED." Unchanged. Unaltered. And when ye shall think that eternity must've spun out its last thread, that every particle of that which we call eternity must've run out, ye shall still see it written up there, "SHALL BE DAMNED." Oh terrific thought! How dare I utter it! But I must. Ye must be warned, sirs, lest ye come into this place of torment. Ye must be told rough things. For if God's gospel is not a rough thing, the whole law is a rough thing. Mount Sinai is a rough thing. Woe to the watchman who warns not the ungodly. God is unchanging in his threatenings. Beware oh sinner, for it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. -Charles Spurgeon
The post has not received a warm reception from her followers.
There are those who completely disagree with her message, with comments including, "That's your opinion Jessa not everyone needs to have the same beliefs as you. Religion is a choice some of us choose to believe in other things...," "humans created God, not the other way around. Think about it," and "religion is control. That's all it is."
But there are also those fans who think Jessa is trying to spread fear when she should be reaching out and spreading love — and they believe that is the true message of the Bible.
One fan wrote, "It's His kindness that leads us to repentance So if you're trying to reach out to people and spread the message of salvation, it's time to start loving people as they are and letting God come and transform their lives instead of trying to 'frighten' them away from hell.@jessaseewald."
Other fans agreed, with one writing that Jessa should not be telling people they'll be damned, but rather she should show everyone love.
The person wrote, "@jessaseewald as much as this is true there is so much more to God then [sic] this!! God is not about believe and go to heaven or don't believe and 'be damned'. The Bible says the GOODNESS of God brings people to repentance. We need to be showing the world LOVE not telling them they will be 'damned'. Gods [sic] love is so amazing and powerful! He's got such a huge heart for all of his kids!! Please remember that we need to be posting LOVE!! And not scaring people into heaven but leading them by His grace and Love!"
"Idk i think as long as you are a good person and don't judge others or at least try not to judge others, you will be good. I honestly don't think God is going to punish you for being gay or transgender or showing a lot of skin or something," another fan added.
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