Q: Brad, I have been told that you do not believe that God punishes. I have not listened to your sermons that contain such views. Would you please respond to this criticism? A: Thanks for asking. Of course to say either that God does or does not punish would be a very unnuanced claim for
To look at Jesus—especially on the Cross (1 John 4:8)—is to behold the clearest depiction of the God who is self-giving, radically forgiving, co-suffering love. I’ve come to believe that Jesus alone is perfect theology.
- Brad Jersak, A More Christlike God
"There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment" (1 John 4:18) ... If your faith is based on fear, what are you left with when perfect love drives fear out?
- Brad Jersak, Her Gates Will Never Be Shut