This Week's Sermon ( 12-6-17 )

" And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  "   Revelation 20:13-15

" And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. "   Revelation 19:20

" And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. "   Revelation 20:10
"And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. "   Revelation 20:14
" And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. "   Revelation 20:15

" But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. "   Revelation 21:8

I know hell is not a popular subject today.

Hell is rarely mentioned in sermons nowadays.

There was a time when some preachers were criticized for preaching too much about hell.

People got tired of hearing about hell.

Nowadays, few believe hell exists and even if they do believe hell exists, they think hell is only a temporary place of punishment, not eternal, even though Jesus said it is eternal.

People believe Jesus lied about hell being eternal.

Many people think God is too good and too loving to let anyone go to hell, even though Jesus Himself said that more people will end up in hell than will make it to Heaven.

Jesus clearly said;

" Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  "   Matthew 7:13-14

" Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 
Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.  "   Luke 13:23-24

One famous talk show host said to the world - " I cannot believe that a loving God would let anyone go to hell. "

Yes, I talked about God's love for the human race in my last sermon but God still requires humans to believe in one thing and that is His only begotten Son, Jesus, in order to escape damnation in eternal hell.

It is God's love that motivated Him to give Himself in suffering and dying for us in order to keep us out of hell.

Jesus is our only hope in escaping eternal hell.

Whether we choose to believe in Jesus or not...it is up to us.

The choice is ours.

God provided only one way to Heaven and that is through His only begotten Son, Jesus.

We either believe this or we do not.

Jesus is not one of many ways as if He were an option or on a list of multiple choices as some are now believing today.

Jesus is the only way, literally.

And by the way, no human being can earn Heaven. 

We do not make it to Heaven by our works.

No human has good enough works to make it to Heaven.

This is why Jesus had to suffer and die like He did.

We can only make it to Heaven by believing in God's only begotten Son, Jesus and asking Him to wash away our sins in His precious blood, clothe us in His righteousness and bestow His grace and mercy on us.

The apostle Paul called himself a wretched man.

Well, Paul did not know me.

I'm more wretched than he was. 

If God can forgive me for my failures and sins, God can forgive anyone who repents and rests their faith in His only begotten Son, Jesus.

If we choose to take the chance believing someone or something else when we draw our last breath in this earthly life as the rich man did, we will end up where the rich man did.

Jesus said;

" And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 
And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.   Luke 16:23-24

I cannot imagine how horrible hell is...even before hell is cast into the lake of fire which seems to be even worse.

My friend, before we die we must believe in Jesus in order to escape this eternal damnation.

After we die it is then too late to change our mind just as it was for the rich man.

Please believe in Jesus and tell others to do the same.

And always keep your faith in Jesus to the end.

Wayne Brown