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Hell No More!

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“The objections raised in all ages to the endlessness of the infernal punishment are understandable; for the thought of a never-ending agony of rational beings fully realizing their distressing plight is so appalling that it exceeds comprehension. But all objections are based on the false principle that it is proper and reasonable to make our human sentiments and judgments the measure of God’s essence and activity.” (Dr. Francis Pieper)

We are truly living in the end times that Paul warned of:

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3‭-‬4 ESV)

The warnings about hell are being erased by our society. Even my smartphone wants to fight with me and change the word hell to he’ll instead. Most unfortunately, the church world has also fallen into this trap. Please click on the following article that examines this:

Hell Not Preached Anymore.PDF

The best and most concise description of the destinations of every human soul is from GotQuestions.com:

The Bible is clear that there are two possible destinations for every human soul following physical death: heaven or hell (Matthew 25:34, 41, 46; Luke 16:22–23). Only the righteous inherit eternal life, and the only way to be declared righteous before God is through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (John 3:16–18; Romans 10:9). The souls of the righteous go directly into the presence of God (Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23).

For those who do not receive Jesus Christ as Savior, death means everlasting punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:8–9). This punishment is described in a variety of ways: a lake of fire (Luke 16:24; Revelation 20:14–15), outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 8:12), and a prison (1 Peter 3:19), for example. This place of punishment is eternal (Jude 1:13; Matthew 25:46). There is no biblical support for the notion that after death people get another chance to repent. Hebrews 9:27 makes it clear that everyone dies physically and, after that, comes the judgment. Christians have already been judged and sentenced. Jesus took that sentence upon Himself. Our sin becomes His and His righteousness becomes ours when we believe in Him. Because He took our just punishment, we need not fear ever being separated from Him again (Romans 8:29–30). The judgment for unbelievers is still to come.

Second Thessalonians 1:8–9 says, “He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.” The misery of hell will consist of not only physical torture, but the agony of being cut off from every avenue of happiness. God is the source of all good things (James 1:17). To be cut off from God is to forfeit all exposure to anything good. Hell will be a state of perpetual sin; yet those suffering there will possess full understanding of sin’s horrors. Remorse, guilt, and shame will be unending, yet accompanied by the conviction that the punishment is just.

There will no longer be any deception about the “goodness of man.” To be separated from God is to be forever shut off from light (1 John 1:5), love (1 John 4:8), joy (Matthew 25:23), and peace (Ephesians 2:14) because God is the source of all those good things. Any good we observe in humanity is merely a reflection of the character of God, in whose image we were created (Genesis 1:27).

While the spirits of those regenerated by God’s Holy Spirit will abide forever with God in a perfected state (1 John 3:2), the opposite is true of those in hell. None of the goodness of God will exist in them. Whatever good they may have thought they represented on earth will be shown for the selfish, lustful, idolatrous thing it was (Isaiah 64:6). Man’s ideas of goodness will be measured against the perfection of God’s holiness and be found severely lacking. Those in hell have forever lost the chance to see God’s face, hear His voice, experience His forgiveness, or enjoy His fellowship. To be forever separated from God is the ultimate punishment.

The following article actually looks at hell as it is taught in the New Testament Greek:

Hell As Taught In NT Greek.PDF

Just recently, controversy has entered the Catholic Church when the Pope was reported as saying, in an informal interview, that he believes hell does not exist and that condemned souls just disappear:

Pope Says There Is No Hell.PDF

In conclusion, no matter how much we may want to dream away the eternal existence and consequences of hell, it doesn’t take away from reality. God will never bend to our interpretation from His original intent, no matter how intensely we believe we are correct. It becomes a dangerous thing to rely on human reasoning rather than the Holy Spirit to interpret the Word of God.

“Don’t suppose for a minute that I have come to demolish the Scriptures—either God’s Law or the Prophets. I’m not here to demolish but to complete. I am going to put it all together, pull it all together in a vast panorama. God’s Law is more real and lasting than the stars in the sky and the ground at your feet. Long after stars burn out and earth wears out, God’s Law will be alive and working.” (Matthew 5:17-18 MSG)

The most important decision that you will ever have to make in this life is: “Where will I spend eternity?” Eternal life or eternal damnation are the only two choices, with nothing in between or no second chances. Jesus Christ is the only way to escape hell, and He is the way I want to go!

Thomas said to Him, “Lord…how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. (John 14:5‭-‬6 ESV)

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Nothing Sacred

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You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will consider nothing sacred. (2 Timothy 3:1‭-‬2b NLT)

Please read the following two articles. They literally bring new meaning to the words “nothing is sacred anymore”. Notice how neither source actually denied what was written and neither said that the claims were incorrect:

Drag King

No Hell

When I read these two articles I believe God allowed me to feel some of what Jesus felt when He cleared out the Temple, once at the beginning (John 2:13) and once at the conclusion (Matthew 21:12-13) of His earthly ministry.

I believe Paul hit the nail on the head when he wrote the first chapter of Romans. Notice how God deals with this kind of wickedness by abandoning them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desire:

But God shows His anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.  Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship Him as God or even give Him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, Who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved. Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, He abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too. (Romans 1:18‭, ‬21‭-‬21‭, ‬24‭-‬32 NLT)

Those that continue in this wickedness have their destiny laid out for them:

Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9‭-‬10 NLT)

What is heartbreaking is that they refuse to understand and they don’t stop there. They actually invent new ways to sin. No, we are not to give up on them, but at the same time we must face the reality of the situation. No wonder the earth groans for our Lord coming again:

For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as His adopted children, including the new bodies He has promised us. (Romans 8:22‭-‬23a NLT)

He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22:20 NLT)

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Godly Jam

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My Aunt Ann made the best homemade jams I ever had in my life. My favorite was elderberry. Since I also helped to pick the berries that went into them, I learned that elderberry was also the most difficult to make because the berries were very tiny compared to other berries and grow on individual stems that need to be removed.

Now that I have your attention I must break it to you that the jam this article is about is not that kind of jam.

The jam I am referring to stands for justice and mercy (j and m).

God is both a God who judges with justice, and also a God of mercy. How can He combine these two apparently contradictory characteristics? The answer is that the sacrifice of Jesus has made it possible for God to combine both justice and mercy:

But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (Ephesians 2:4‭-‬5 NLT)

I hope this illustration will help you to understand what Jesus achieved for us by dying on the cross and rising again:

Two people went through school together and developed a close friendship. Life went on and they went their separate ways and lost contact. One went on to become a judge, while the other’s life spiraled down and he ended up as a criminal. One day the criminal appeared before the judge. He had committed a crime to which he pleaded guilty. The judge recognized his old friend and faced the dilemma, which, in effect, God faces. He was a judge so he had to be just; he couldn’t simply let the man off. On the other hand, he wanted to be merciful, because he loved his friend. So he fined him the correct penalty for the offence. That was justice. Then he came down from his position as judge and wrote a check for the amount of the fine. He gave it to his friend, saying that he would pay the penalty for him. That was an act of mercy, love and sacrifice.

In His justice, God judges us because we are guilty. Then in His mercy and love He comes down in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, and pays the penalty for us. Through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, God is both just and merciful.

The illustration is not an exact one for three reasons. First, our plight is worse. The penalty we are facing is not just a fine but death. Second, the relationship is closer. This is not just two friends; it is our Father in heaven Who loves us more than any earthly parent loves their own child. Third, the cost is greater. It cost God far more than money – He came Himself, in the person of Jesus, and paid the penalty of sin.

We need to understand something about the heart of God — He feels along with us, no matter what it is. Our God is a just God, but wherever He needs to apply justice, He also provides mercy. The themes of justice and mercy are weaved throughout the Bible.

Now to come to the highlight of this article. There is a big ‘but’ that goes hand-in-hand with God’s justice and mercy:

“He who believes in Him is not condemned; BUT he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:18 NKJV)

That big ‘but’ is that mercy of being pardoned from eternity in the final hell (lake of fire) is conditional upon our acceptance of it. The consequences are astronomical if not seized upon:

And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15 NLT)

So please do not ignore God’s ‘jam’. Feast on His mercy in Jesus Christ like a little boy feasting on his aunt’s jam!

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Treasures in Jesus Christ

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There is an intrinsic bond between Jesus (the living Word of God), the Bible (the written Word of God), the treasures of heaven, and the treasures of godly wisdom and knowledge.

Jesus showed a link between the written Word of God and Himself, in that He is the subject of the written Word:

“You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me.” (John 5:39 NIV)

The following scriptures cement this intrinsic bond together:

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field. Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!” (Matthew 13:44‭-‬46 NLT

In Him (Jesus Christ) lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:3 NLT)

The Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1‭, ‬14 NKJV)

Jesus answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” (Matthew 4:4 NKJV)

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 NKJV)

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:13‭, ‬17 NKJV)

The reason I wanted to go into scriptural depth to show this bond is that I hear people proclaim how much they love Jesus, but then when the rubber meets the road, you find out that they don’t study the Bible, the very ‘Word of God’. Most don’t even wipe the dust off and open their Bible. I compare it to getting married without ever wanting to know anything about the person you married.

Jesus taught us how to pray in the book of Matthew: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:9-11). Notice “our daily bread.” Then Jesus taught us in the book of John: “I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world” (John 6:48-51). Notice “I am the bread of life”. Jesus was essentially saying, “I am the bread! I am your strength, your vision, your redemption, your freedom. I am your protector and your guide. Everything that you need for life and godliness can be found in me.” If you are not reading the Word of God then you are not eating this Living Bread.

The only way to unlock the treasures in Jesus Christ is through the written Word of God, the Bible. Even if a person prays, it doesn’t go too far because prayer is supposed to be two-way communication. God speaks through His written Word. It is where true wisdom and knowledge are.

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In conclusion, I want to leave you with this question:

Have you brushed the dust off of your Bible yet? Or, if you have a smart phone Bible application, have you opened it yet?

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Counsel of God

Have you ever found yourself in deep trouble because you did not first ask God’s counsel? I am quite sure every one of us can answer “yes” to that question, no matter how devout of a Christian you and I are.

The book of Joshua tells us about the time the Israelites were deceived by the Gibeonites when they did not seek God’s counsel:

And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord. (Joshua 9:14 KJV)

The Message version of the Bible makes it a little clearer than the King James Version:

The men of Israel looked them over and accepted the evidence. But they didn’t ask God about it. (Joshua 9:14 MSG)

Fortunately Joshua and the leaders of Israel learned their lesson very quickly because in the next chapter of the book of Joshua, God performed some of the most remarkable feats in Israel’s military history because Joshua sought God’s counsel and prayed in front of all the people of Israel:

As the Amorites retreated down the road from Beth-horon, the Lord destroyed them with a terrible hailstorm from heaven that continued until they reached Azekah. The hail killed more of the enemy than the Israelites killed with the sword. On the day the Lord gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the Lord in front of all the people of Israel. He said, “Let the sun stand still over Gibeon, and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies. The sun stayed in the middle of the sky, and it did not set as on a normal day. There has never been a day like this one before or since, when the Lord answered such a prayer. Surely the Lord fought for Israel that day! (Joshua 10:11‭-‬14 NLT)

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In the New Testament, Jesus reiterates how important it is to ask, seek and knock of our Heavenly Father:

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7‭-‬8 NKJV)

The Israelites blundered when it came to the Gibeonites, but they learned their lesson immediately afterwards. We have that same privilege. That is why daily prayer, bible studying, and examining ourselves for sin are so important. Every day we face problems, challenges, and evil. It grieves me to see so many ministers in the limelight that proclaim all these wonderful things that are going to happen to their followers while failing to remind them that they must seek the face of God with a pure heart each and every day.

Personally, I don’t need someone to motivate me. I can find motivational speakers in the secular world if I wanted one. Or I could get myself a life coach or personal trainer.  What I really need is someone to convict me to move on to higher ground spiritually. I hope it’s the same way with you.

If you continue reading in the book of Joshua, you come across a remarkable statement:

But Moses gave no allotment of land to the tribe of Levi, for the Lord, the God of Israel, had promised that He Himself would be their allotment. (Joshua 13:33 NLT)

This is a reminder of what the Lord set in place thru Moses, which encompassed dedicated positions that required around-the-clock responsibilities:

I myself have chosen your fellow Levites from among the Israelites to be your special assistants. They are a gift to you, dedicated to the Lord for service in the Tabernacle. And the Lord said to Aaron, “You priests will receive no allotment of land or share of property among the people of Israel. I am your share and your allotment.” (Numbers 18:6‭, ‬20 NLT)

Remember, the fire must be kept burning on the altar at all times. It must never go out. (Leviticus 6:13 NLT)

Being a Christian, just like serving in the Temple, is an around-the-clock privilege and duty!

So my fellow Christian, what do you really want? Do you just want all the blessings God has to offer or do you really want Him first and foremost? Do you want God and His counsel or do you want things your way?

Luke reported this about Jesus:

And He withdrew Himself into the wilderness, and prayed. (Luke 5:16 KJV)

You may fool yourself and those around you, but you can’t fool the demons who are watching your every step to find ways of tripping you up and tempting you to sin. If you can’t fool the demons, you certainly aren’t going to fool God who sees every sparrow that lights on the ground and knows the number of hairs on your head. You can live a pretend Christian Life all that you want to by dishing out the lingo of “Amen” and “Praise the Lord” every chance you get:

“Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with  their lips, But their heart is far from Me.” (Matthew 15:7‭-‬8 NKJV)

Let us never forget that our LORD is a jealous God (Exodus 20:5) and we must be ever so careful in the counsel we seek:

Do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord. (Deuteronomy 18:10b‭-‬12a NLT)

Unless you’re living within the whole counsel of God, the Gibeonites will crop up and be there to remind you!

So let us pray and seek God the Father’s counsel, first and foremost, just like Jesus did, then get up from our knees and follow that counsel just like Jesus did, no matter how hard the road is:

And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (Luke 22:41‭-‬44 NKJV)

Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward…..(John 18:4 NKJV)

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For His and Our Pleasure

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Satan loves to attack us with rebellious and blasphemous questions. Have you ever had this thought enter your mind: “Why should I worship God? Is God so conceited that He has to have it His way and anyone who does not bow down to His way, gets tossed into the Lake of Fire for eternity?”

Let me try to put things into perspective so that those thoughts can be permanently driven from your mind:

First, God loves you so much that He created you.
Second, God loves you so much that He sustains you.
Third, God loves you so much that He died for you.
Fourth, God loves you so much that He wants to have a relationship with you that stretches into eternity.
Fifth, God loves you so much that He wants to give you the desires of your heart.

I will try to illustrate it like this:
You are the master of a dog that is ever at your side. You loved it since the day you picked it out as a puppy and brought it home. You supply all of its needs. You wish the dog could live forever and dread the thought of it ever dying. As a matter of fact you would almost risk your life to save the dog from harm’s way. You do your best to meet all of its desires, even down to going for a walk when you don’t feel like it or scratching its itch when you’re tired. But when you tell your dog to sit, or to come, or to stay, you demand it to listen! If your dog ever becomes rabid, you must have it destroyed even though much sorry is involved.

What I described is so similar to our relationship with God. God is our beloved Master very much the same way that we are a master to our dog that we love so much and is loyal and obedient to us in return. Imagine if your dog suddenly begins to ignore you and gets more attached to other things. This becomes heartbreaking. It is the same way with God when we begin to ignore Him and neglect our prayer time with Him.

God’s Word, the Bible, is filled from beginning to end with very precious promises to those He loves. They are there for us to grasp a hold of and take advantage of. All that God asks in return is that from the same Bible that contains His promises also contains His commands that He expects us to be obedient to. Here are two of my favorite promises:

“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.” (Psalms 37:4 NLT)

Those who are victorious will sit with Me on My throne, just as I was victorious and sat with My Father on His throne.” (Revelation 3:21 NLT)

Here are two of my favorite commands that He has given us:

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20 NKJV)

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 NKJV)

Both of God’s promises and both of God’s commands that I shared are conditional! The promises and the commands blend together. It is up to us how we respond. How will you respond to such a good, good Father?

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