The Doctrine of Hell

by Mike Ratliff

One component of the Spiritual Labyrinth of lies intended to deceive is a persistent attack on the doctrine of Hell. Of course, this means that those servants of our enemy who participate in or believe these lies take on some form of Universalism as they reject true Christian Orthodoxy. Motives for doing this vary, but in every case, the focus of those who both teach and embrace these lies is that they are man-centered in their theology rather than God-centered. 

I have been contacted by a friend who is a concerned parent of a son who is questioning the veracity of the doctrine of Hell as he has come to believe the “teachings” of another young man named Jonathan who has written an “expose’” of “the doctrine of eternal hell.” He states that this doctrine is incorrect. His six-part “exposition”  is within the above link. As I read through the “exposition” I had the eerie feeling that I had seen much of this before.  I did further research and found the source of much of what was in the “exposition” here. In both “documents” you will see that there is much emphasis on the “error of the doctrine of Hell” being attributable to mistranslation of “original language words” into the key words of this vital doctrine.

I prayed. I sought the face of God. I asked Him to show me how to address this labyrinth of error. It would take days to research and a lot more time than I have to address each error because the young man’s exposition was built on the errors in that post, but had multiplied greatly. The answer came to me as I remembered in Matthew 11:25 how God’s truth is inscrutable to the self-righteous or the self-deceived. Those who reject His truth for their own version of it are blinded to its clear essence, but the truth is readily seen and understood with eyes to see and ears to hear, et cetera. These blinded individuals construct their own fallacies and, using their own human reason, believe they have found what is far superior than what the Word of God clearly says. The answer is to simply give the Biblical truth of the doctrine of Hell. From this I decided what my response should be.

My answer or response to these attacks from the Spiritual Labyrinth of lies on the doctrine of Hell comes in four parts. The first part is an excellent article by Brian Schertley titled The Biblical Doctrine of Hell Examined. I pray that you click that link and carefully read that post.  Parts 2, 3, and 4 are actually rewrites of three articles I posted over a year ago. I will include them all in this post with the same titles I gave them then. However, I have updated some of the things in them to reflect the way I post scripture references in English.  The first post is titled Hell is Unending Judgment.

Hell is Unending Judgment

by Mike Ratliff

“And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me. For their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.” (Isaiah 66:24 ESV)

Those who espouse Christian Universalism as the true model of God’s Redemption plan for man, must ignore most of Sacred Scripture as well as misinterpret their so-called “proof texts” in order to make their suppositions. The Bible makes it very clear that the Universalist teachings of Rob Bell and Doug Pagitt are heretical.

Carefully read the passage I placed at the top of this post. Then read this piece by Ken Silva about the Universalist teachings of Doug Pagitt. Then read this piece also by Ken Silva about Rob Bell and his Universalist leanings. This form of Universalism is not the old Christian liberal teachings that we see in Unitarianism. No, this new form is called “Christian Universalism,” which claims to be evangelical. However, it teaches that all people who die, regardless of their religious believes or lack thereof, will be cleansed and cleaned up by God then will enter into paradise or heaven where Jesus is. What does the Bible teach us about the eternal destiny of those who die in their sins, which is another way of saying that they died in their rebellion against God?

Carefully read the passage I placed at the top of this post, Isaiah 66:24. What does it tell us? Who is it whose worm does not die nor is their fire quenched? It is those who have rebelled against God. This would be all those who have not believed the Gospel and repented. They have remained in their sins because they have clung to their sins and rejected God as their Sovereign Lord. Our Lord Jesus quoted this passage in Mark 9.

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” (Mark 9:42-50 ESV)

The Greek word used here translated as “hell” is γέεννα or geenna. This word describes the Valley of Hinnom. It was the place of the city dump for Jerusalem and spiritually represented the place or state of the lost and condemned. The reason γέεννα was used to describe “hell” is that as the city garbage dump there were fires constantly burning there. This gave the hearer or reader a graphic image of the nature of eternal torment. The punishment of hell lasts for eternity and it is clearly taught throughout both the Old Testament and New Testament.

And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. (Daniel 12:2 ESV)

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. (Matthew 25:41 ESV)

This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering– since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. (2 Thessalonians 1:5-10 ESV)

And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.” (Revelation 14:9-11 ESV)

These 4 passages are just a sampling. Our Lord spoke more of hell than He did of Heaven. Hell is always spoken of as being eternal. There is no end to it. Those in it are there forever. That is terrifying my brethren. No one would want anyone else to go there. No, we must pray for all those we know who do not know Jesus as Lord and Saviour to hear the Gospel, repent, and believe thereby receiving eternal life and justification by our Lord God. This is the only way of escape from God’s Wrath. Look again at Isaiah 66:24. This is a terrifying picture of unending judgment. My brethren, the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is good news to those who obey it, but it is very bad news to those who remain in rebellion. Many believe that God’s judgment is yet future and the Day of the Lord is for the time at the end. The Day of the Lord began when John the Baptist proclaimed that the Kingdom of God was at hand and it became manifest in the world as our Lord Jesus won the victory at the Cross. Each believer is part of our Lord’s Kingdom. When a person rejects the Gospel, they are incurring judgment upon themselves. On the other hand, when a believer is saved they receive righteous judgment in their justification as the Father declares them righteous.

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11-15 ESV)

The first death is the passing from physical life unto physical death. However, there is a second death. The second death is the lake of fire. Who is thrown into it? All those whose name was not found written in the book of life is cast into the lake of fire. Those whose names are in the book of life cannot be hurt by the second death.

“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life. “‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’ (Revelation 2:8-11 ESV)

Who is not hurt by the second death? We know that those whose names are found in the book of life will not be thrown into the lake of fire. Now we see another attribute of those whose names are in the book of life. What is it? They conquer. This is the Greek word νικάω or nikaō. It literally means, “to get the victory.” Some Bible versions translate this as “overcome.” It carries with it the idea of subduing an enemy or opponent. I used to run in Nike shoes. The company got that name from this Greek word because it means “victory.” In the context of Revelation 2:8-11 it describes Christians persevering or remaining faithful to the end, even if they are killed or persecuted for their faith. This is what marks a genuine Christian. Those who remain faithful even unto death are those who conquer or overcome and they will not be hurt by the second death because their names are written in the book of life. They are not written in the book because they overcome, but overcome because they are regenerate Christians who have the Holy Spirit and God preserves them to the end.

My brethren, our Lord also said that the way unto eternal life is narrow and hard to find. In fact, few actually find it.

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. (Matthew 7:13-14 ESV)

How popular with men are the teachings of those who espouse Christian Universalism? You know this is perceived as good news because then it does not matter how one lives or what one believes because all will end up in the same place in eternity. However, our Lord says that the wide and easy way leads to destruction (the lake of fire, the second death) while the narrow gate, which is hard, leads to life (eternity with the Saviour in the New Heaven and New Earth), but few will find it.

My brethren, do not listen to those who preach this “other gospel” that is nothing more than the manifestation of the doctrines of demons, which says that all it takes to have eternal life with Jesus is to simply be human. No, this is a lie from our enemy and it is also why Christians must learn the truth. They must get into the Bible and get God’s truth into them so that these lies can be seen for what they are and dealt with Biblically.

Soli Deo Gloria!

The second post is titled In His Own Order.

In His Own Order

by Mike Ratliff

For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. (1 Corinthians 15:22-24 ESV)

A few days ago, I posted an article about Hell (Hell is Unending Judgment). This was in response to a new push from the Emergent movement toward “Christian Universalism.” I used Sacred Scripture to show that Hell is eternal and those thrown into it will be there eternally. Those who have objected to this have used only an argument to state their point. That argument is that God would not send people to burn in Hell for eternity. What is their basis for this? They misquote passages such as the one I placed at the top of this post saying that “all’ and “all’ means all people. The basis for taking this stand is this, “I reject that God will send all unbelievers to burn in Hell eternally!” Really? On what are you basing that? It sure cannot be Sacred Scripture unless you are one who takes a little from here and a little from there and ignores context and the rest of it that states the very opposite.

Let us unpack 1 Corinthians 15:3-28.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed. (1 Corinthians 15:3-11 ESV)

This is a summary by Paul to the Corinthians of how the Gospel came to them. Some at Corinth were denying that Christ rose from the dead. Here Paul is addressing this heresy by starting with how the Corinthians came to believe when he planted the church there. Christ died for the sins of those who believe, who are the elect. This is the “our” in v3. This word in Greek simply refers to “us” or “our company of people.” This is the elect, not all people. He died, but He rose from the dead. Why is this important?

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. (1 Corinthians 15:12-19 ESV)

Paul tells us that Christ’s resurrection is true or our faith is in vain. Notice the emphasis in v17 where Paul says, that if people are not ’saved’ by Christ’s death and resurrection that they are “still in their sins.” What does that mean? It means that God has not justified those still in their sins. Let us look at another passage.

That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. (Romans 4:22-25 ESV)

The person referred to in v22 is Abraham. Those who believe and obey the Gospel believe God who raised Christ from the dead who had been delivered up for “our” trespasses and rose for our justification. The “our” in this passage is, again, referring to believers only, not unbelievers. Believers are justified by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9), not by doing some work. Justification is a declaration by God that the believer has Christ’s righteousness because it was imputed to them at belief just as their sins were imputed to Christ on the Cross. Only those whose sins were ‘paid for’ on the Cross are included in the “our.”

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15:20-28 ESV)

Now we come to the passage used by Christian Universalists in an attempt to say that God will eventually justify all people. Who is the “man” in v21 through whom came death? This is Adam. His fall is found in Genesis 3. However, by another “man” has come the resurrection of the dead. This “man” is Jesus Christ our Lord. Then Paul uses the word “all” twice to emphasize that Adam is the Federal Head of the Human Race and Christ is the Federal Head of the elect, His people, those who believe. All represented by Adam are born spiritually dead. However, all born of Christ have been resurrected from this spiritual death unto a new life in Him. Then we see the order of resurrection. Christ was the firstfruits of this resurrection. Those in Christ, His elect, will be resurrected again at His coming when He returns to make His enemies His footstool. He will subject all in rebellion against God and do away with death. There will be a New Heaven and a New Earth, where those whom Christ made His footstool will not be found. He is reigning right now. He is ruling in the midst of His enemies, but when He returns, these enemies will be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity. (Psalm 110)

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11-15 ESV)

Look at those who are cast or thrown into the Lake of Fire. The only ones spared not being cast there are the ones whose names are found in the book of life. Is this lake of fire eternal? Our Lord spoke of this place many times and referred to it as γέεννα or geenna. He spoke of it as the place where ones worm does not die nor are the flames quenched. This is speaking of always. Consider the following passage.

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:41-46 ESV)

The Greek word Matthew used here, quoting our Lord, for “eternal” is αἰώνιος or aiōnios. It means “everlasting” or “eternal.” The righteous, those in Christ, are going into eternal life, but those who do not believe are going into eternal punishment. The Greek word used here for punishment is κόλασις or kolasis. It means “punishment” or “torment.” Who is that would be the “unrighteous.” This is speaking of all who do not believe and obey the Gospel. God has not justified them. They are still in their sins. This would include all in pagan religions as well, no matter how sincere they are. There is only one way to get one’s name in the book of life and that is through Christ. He is the only way and no one can come to Him on his or her own terms. No, our Lord said that no one comes to Him unless the Father first draws him or her.

If you are reading this and have found yourself in that place of doubt and are being convicted that you are still in your sins then now is the time for you to obey the call of God to turn from your sins, believe that Christ is the Son of God and that He died for your sins. You must turn from your sins as you turn to Him in belief. Plead for your soul asking that God forgive you for your sins and bring you to that place of belief. If you refuse to do this then be assured that your name will not be found in the book of life on the Day of Judgment. Remember simply rejecting truth does not negate it nor is truth relative.

Soli Deo Gloria!

The third post is titled Outer Darkness.

Outer Darkness

by Mike Ratliff

“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. (Revelation 22:12-15 ESV)

Spiritual blindness is a wonder to behold. Those false prophets who profess to be Christian while loving and teaching the doctrines of demons have been given over to their sin by God. Their consciences have been seared and no matter how adamantly we tell them the truth and prove it by showing them what the Word of God teaches, they cling to their false doctrines while stopping up their ears like a rebellious child. The proponents of what has come to be called “Christian Universalism” love their false doctrine, which teaches that the Lake of Fire is not real or it is only temporary regardless of the Word of God clearly saying the opposite.

Let us look at some passages that teach the eternal separation of what is sacred from that which is evil.

“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:11-14 ESV)

This passage is part of the parable of the wedding feast, which begins in Matthew 22:1 and runs through v14. There is a man found at the feast who does not belong. The king has his servants bind the man and cast him into outer darkness. This place, outer darkness, must be dreadful because in there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Those in it were called, but they were not chosen. What does this mean? Our Lord used the term “outer darkness” several times.  “Outer darkness” describes the darkness farthest from the light. The weeping and gnashing of teeth describes inconsolable grief and continual torment.

Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. (Matthew 13:40-43 ESV)

This passage is part of our Lord’s explanation of the parable of the Weeds. It describes what will take place at the end of this age before the age to come. The weeds in the parable represent evil people in the world. At the close of this age, He will send His angels to gather these evil people together for judgment. They will then be thrown into the fiery furnace. In this fiery furnace there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth just as there was in “outer darkness.”

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 13:47-50 ESV)

The net in this parable is a drag net. One end is fixed on shore while the other end is carried out into the water by boat. Then at the right time, the fishermen pull the net to shore at a 90° angle from the pivot point. This will pull all sorts of fish onto shore. Some are good while others are not. This is an analogy of our Lord saying, “Many are called, but few are chosen.” In any case, those not chosen, the non-elect, are separated from the righteous by angels. They will cast these evil people into the fiery furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 24:45-51 ESV)

This passage is part of our Lord’s teaching that no one knows the day or hour of His return. He is saying that those who are genuine Christians will be found doing His will when He returns, but no one else will. These are the wicked. What happens to them? They are cut in pieces and placed with the other hypocrites in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

We have already seen that this place is called “outer darkness” and a fiery furnace. All in it are in torment and they gnash their teeth in pain and sorrow because there is no end to it. Is it eternal? We know that the fiery furnace here is the lake of fire from Revelation 20:11-15.

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11-15 ESV)

Who is thrown into the lake of fire? Those whose names were not found in the book of life are judged according to their works and cast into this placed prepared for Satan and His angels. This place is the second death. Is it eternal?

And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ (Mark 9:47-48 ESV)

The Greek word used here for “hell” was a name for the Valley of Hinnom, which was the Jerusalem garbage dump where fires constantly burned. The lake of fire is eternal. The way the statement, “the fire is not quenched” is structured in Greek is saying that the fires of judgment are eternal. We also learn here that worms, which do not die, will eat those in the lake of fire. What a dreadful place this outer darkness must be!

Soli Deo Gloria!

My brethren, consider what God’s Word says. Those who contend that Hell is something made up by evangelists or that it is misrepresented in doctrine by theologians despite what God’s Word really says, do not know of what they are saying. They are the ones misusing God’s Word egregiously and must answer for that when they stand before God in judgment. Hell is real and it is nothing to toy with or attempt to pretend that it isn’t real.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

 

4 thoughts on “The Doctrine of Hell

  1. There are indeed cults and false religions teaching that Hell does not exist.
    Just as when Satan tempted eve in the Garden of Eden, by saying “Yea, hath God said…?”, he attempts to denigrate the Lord’s teachings on Hell.
    There is an old story about a man who had just buried his sister the week before a visitor came knocking at his door
    (This is supposed to be a true story). The family was concerned, as she had not come to know the Lord as her Savior before her untimely death.
    The visitor said,”You know, there is no need to worry about your sister. There really is no Hell, that is just mistranslated from a word that simply means ‘The Grave'”.
    The man told the visitor (who hastily departed),
    “You should have told me that last week. We wouldn’t have buried her then; we would have just hung her up in a tree to save her from going to Hell”.
    This shows the silly, ridiculous nature of questioning God’s Holy Word. The “All is well; there is no Hell” crowd has simply fallen in with the devil’s plan to destroy as many people with false doctrine as possible.
    The Lord is forgiving, and Jesus has already paid the sacrifice for all sins. Come to Him, trusting Him as Lord and Savior, in repentance for your sins. He alone can save you from Hell.

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  3. Brother Mike,

    I appreciate the time and effort you put into this. At a later time, I will post an in-depth response to what you have posted. Like you, I will use Scripture to expound on what I believe God has been showing me. I ask that, instead of automatic criticism, you would earnestly listen to what I have to say as I gave you the same courtesy. Furthermore, not what I have to say, but what Scripture is saying. More to come later.

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