Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Summer heat, not as hot as...

Okay, time to get serious. This summer has been hot yes, 35 feeling like 45 temps. People have died as a result, but as hot as that is, there is a place hotter than that. Pure fire, pain and torment for eternity. It is the place called hell. Many will go there and be surprised. Matthew 7:21 - 23, 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Hell is a real place, with fire and pain, and no one should ever want to go there. Some people say, "But all my friends will be there! It'll be one big party!" I once heard a response to this, try getting your friends together in a house, douse it in gasoline, set it on fire, and try having a party in that. Now imagine that scenario for eternity. THAT is what we need to be saved from. THAT is why we preach repentance. God doesn’t want to send anyone there as 2 Peter 3:9 says, The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

I don't want anyone to go there. God Doesn't want anyone to go there, but if you're reading this and don't know or don't care - then this warning is for you. Scripture tells us to warn about the consequences of sin and that if we don't we will be held accountable as Ezekiel 3:16 – 21 says, 16 At the end of seven days the word of the Lord came to me: 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself. 20 “Again, when a righteous person turns from their righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before them, they will die. Since you did not warn them, they will die for their sin. The righteous things that person did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 21 But if you do warn the righteous person not to sin and they do not sin, they will surely live because they took warning, and you will have saved yourself.” Now while this was directed at the Israelites and Ezekiel at the time, the message holds true for us today, the warning holds true for us today. So for those who reject Jesus, I am sorry to say that this is what will happen to you if you don't repent and come to Him as your Lord and Saviour. My plea is that you would come to Him today! For those who are believers and playing games with God, stop and repent. May we all ask God to search our hearts and show us what needs to be changed. Myself included.



  1. This is where I get confused, I hear so many different preachers who preach 2 different scenarios. The once saved always saved and the idea that the back sliders go to hell even if they were once saved. For example some believe Grace works like this : youre life is represented by you in a boat with a current pulling you towards hell. Grace is God giving you the oars to stay away from that final destination.
    Others see it as the current is not pulling us towards hell but instead pulling us towards God, and the obstacles in the way keep us at times from getting there sooner.
    I'm not sure which is right sometimes because it gets so confusing!

  2. Well boats are confusing for sure. I personally lean towards once saved, if a genuine conversion, always saved. However, I believe we can fall out of His favour. There are times when as part of God's discipline God has taken some of His children home. The biggest thing to remember whether we believe we can lose salvation or not is this - live in such a way that there is no possibility to lose it. Press on to ward the goal as Paul said. Don't see how far you can stray before you lose anything, rather see how far away from the "line" you can go being closer to God. Does that help? We are only saved through grace, not of works so that no one can boast as it says in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”