"HELL"....You don't have to go there.

 

 

Weíve talked about a lot of things since Iíve been visiting you.  Iíve talked a lot about my own family, and how hard it has been watching them suffer the consequences of drug addiction and bad decisions. 

I donít think that Iíve ever been here that I have not quoted what I consider to be the greatest truth in the Bible.  John 3: 16. "For God so loved the world that He gave his only son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have ever lasting life."

But there is something that I have never talked with you about, and that is the consequences of not accepting Godís love and his pardon of our sins.

  •  Let me begin by telling you that I BELIEVE IN A LITERAL HELL.
  • I believe hell will be forever, never ending, infinite, and always.
  • I believe hell to be a literal place of torment.
  • I DO NOT believe that death is the end of life--that we just go back to dust and thatís all there is to it.
  • I DO NOT believe that Hell is just a series of bad and terrible circumstances  that we experience in THIS life.

I believe that we all will have a price to pay for the decisions we make. Hell will be the consequence of making another bad decision also. The decision NOT to accept and follow Jesus Christ. And each of us, at one time or another will have to make that decision.

 I do NOT believe in a "hell on earth", even though this life can sometimes be "hellish".

 I BELIEVE THAT HELL IS A PLACE, A LITERAL PLACE WHERE THE LOST WILL SPEND ETERNITY.

  • 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 says: "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that knew not God, and that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power."
  • Revelation 19:20 says:"...they were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone."
  • Matthew 25:41 says:"Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, a place prepared for the devil and his angels."

Some of you may say: "Well, if God is a God of "LOVE", and is a "JUST" God, then I donít believe Heíll send ANYBODY to hell." ??

And your RIGHT; GOD does NOT send anybody to hell. In fact, according to those words I just read, hell was NOT created for man to start with; Hell was created for the Devil and his angels...But because God IS a just and loving God, Heíll not force you to love Him.  He wonít force you to accept the eternal life that His Son died to give you.

IF you go to Hell, it will be YOU that sends YOURSELF there.

Yes, I believe there is a literal Hell. I believe it because Jesus taught it, The Apostles believed it, and the Bible teaches it.

In fact, the Bible has more to say about Hell than it does Heaven, the Lord's Supper and Baptism all put together.

I know that there are those who teach that there is no eternal hell;

  • But the words of our Lord say: "And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
  • Revelations says," and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

I think that we sometimes have a tendency to think of hell as a place of death, but that isnít true.  Hell is a place of life. There will be NO ending it all. Suicide will not be an option. Begging, pleading or even believing will not be an escape.

  • The glutton will still be hungry;
  • The thirsty will still be thirsty
  • The dope addict will still crave his dope; magnified with an intensity that will cause them to squirm and scream throughout all eternity.

 Because hell is a place of unsatisfied passions, thereís no exit, its a place of endlessness. The desires of the lost sinners will be magnified and multiplied a million times. There is no satisfaction in Hell.

There is another thing that you need to be aware of.  You donít have to be against God to go to hell.  All you have to do is ignore him.

It's like when we were back in high school. We didn't have to assault the teacher to fail a class, nor did we have to tear up the text book. Actually, all we had to do was nothing. If you did "nothing" in class, you more than likely would fail.

The same is true with God. You don't have to assault Him or rip up the Bible to not make it to Heaven. Doing nothing (meaning, NOT ACCEPTING Jesus Christ) will do the job.

My Bible says that if you have not accepted Christ as your Savior, youíre already under a sentence to Hell. In fact, Jesus said: "He that believeth NOT is condemned already."

Itís only by His Grace that you havenít already died and gone to Hell, only His Grace let your heart beat through last night and kept you from going to an eternal destruction in your sleep.

Any person who does not know Jesus Christ as Savior, is already walking over the pit of hell on a "rotten covering" and thereís a lot of places where that covering wonít hold up your weight, and one of these days, unless you cling to Christ, youíre gonna go crashing through.

There is only one good thing about Hell: YOU DONíT HAVE TO GO THERE....BUT YOU DO HAVE TO COME TO JESUS.

  • Jesus said:"Whoever is born of God overcomes the world."
  • He says: "But as many as received Him, to them gave He the power to become children of God." (John 1:12)

The Word of God is very clear: "Today is the day of salvation".

Ladies, hear me today; if youíre unsaved will you say "no" and continue to face the fact that YOU are headed for this place called Hell?

You donít have to go there. You can receive eternal life right here and now, by just accepting the Lord.

If you donít, then one of these days, you WILL find out that He IS judge, and you WILL bow your knee before Him.

You can make all the excuses you want to then, but it will be too late, and you will hear him say, "DEPART from me into everlasting fire --I NEVER KNEW YOU."

 

HE SAVES!
John 14:6  

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