Only You Can Decide
Is the sinful pleasure you now enjoy worth spending forever in hell for? Jesus Christ made it crystal clear to both saint and sinner alike that any person who chooses even one sin to be more important to them than Him, will be doomed to the place He described as a dwelling place of gruesome, ceaseless torment:
“And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not (denotes complete consciousness), and the fire is not quenched. For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.” Mark 9:42-50
In light of these penetrating words of the LORD Jesus, think ahead for a moment with me: Let’s imagine that you died in sin and it was 100 years into the future. There you are, in hell – experiencing excruciating pain and isolation (outer darkness – you can see nothing). You are fully conscious, and reeling in the agonizing remorse of the decision you made in your brief earthly life to retain your sin instead of repenting and forsaking it. During your short life on earth God granted several opportunities for you to turn fully to Him, but you chose to ride the popular, modern church wave of easy believism and eternal security, thinking everything was going to be fine because you said the sinner’s prayer and attended church services. Yet you retained a sin you knew God said would endanger your eternal soul (Gal. 5:19-21). You freely refused to cut off the hand and pluck out the eye of your sin and now you are trapped forever in incarceration – where “the fire is not quenched.” Is your sin really worth spending eternity in hell for? Is the sin you have chosen to continue in (retain instead of rejecting) really worth the everlasting pain of damnation in hell, while the righteous rejoice in sublime, unimaginable pleasure, joy, and bliss in Heaven with Jesus?
Fellow citizen of this world, if your life is not currently laid down flat before the LORD Jesus Christ in utter humility and brokenness for the immeasurable wickedness and depravity you have committed in the full and plain site of the omnipresent eyes of His holiness, you have no eternal security with Him. The flames of eternal damnation which will forever feed upon your separated soul await your arrival.
Description of the Eternal Home of All Who are not
Presently Living in the Fear of God and in Faithful Obedience to Christ
Violent flames rage like endless waves that roar in a fierce ocean tossed to and fro by hurricane winds. Deafening voices shriek, hopelessly tormented in the turbulent fire that dominates their defenseless souls. One million years have passed and yet there is not a trace of relief from the horrifying torment that has enveloped their helpless souls. Vivid memories of their earthly life, when they had precious opportunity to escape this horrible fate, torment their bitter and remorseful beings. Welcome to the world of departed souls who died after refusing to apply the only cure to their deadly disease. Behind the thin veil of life on earth lies a real world – a forever world. Welcome to a profile of the after life.
There is no pain in this life so cruel nor permanent that can possibly be compared to what the Son of God described and warned of when he spoke of hell – that dreaded place of God’s holy wrath. Here is a punishment profile of what lies ahead for all who die outside the real Lordship of Jesus Christ.
- Unquenchable fire. Mark 9:45
- Eternal Damnation. Mark 3:29
- Everlasting punishment. Matthew 25:46
- A place of everlasting burnings. Isaiah 33:14
- Torment with fire and brimstone. Revelation 14:10; 19:20
- A lake (ocean) of fire. Revelation 20:15
- No 2nd chance to escape (utter hopelessness). Luke 16:26
- Weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 8:12
- A place of eternal remorse (regret). Luke 16:19-31
- A place of complete consciousness. Luke 16:25
- A furnace of fire with wailing. Matthew 13:42
- No rest day or night forever (eternal misery). Revelation 14:11
- Outer darkness. Matthew 8:12; 22:13
- A place of sorrows (seething remorse and despair). Psalms 18:5
- A place of everlasting destruction. 2 Thessalonians 1:9
- A place of torments. Luke 16:23
All is recorded in Heaven (Heb. 4:13). God sees ALL your sins and will pull the curtains back and roll the tape of your life on Judgment Day. Every single thought and deed of your life is on file with God. He made provision to remove and desires to forgive all. If you die without His forgiveness, you will face the Almighty on Judgment Day in the Supreme Court of the Universe as a guilty sinner who refused to repent and be pardoned. In trembling ruins you will stand shameful and without excuse before a holy God.
Our Sins Include:
Cursing, Lying, Adultery, Hatred, Cheating, Slander, Strife,
Idolatry, Dishonor, Murder, Stealing, Fornication, Unforgiveness,
Not putting Him First, Taking God’s Name In Vain, Etc.
“The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good…” Proverbs 15:3
“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:15
Obedience Or Hatred?
Saving faith is always active and obedient. Of every one of those who claim to know Him and do not practically and daily deny themselves, take up their crosses of crucifying their earthly lusts, and perform His will, He foretells their destiny:
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.“ Matthew 7:21-23
Make no mistake: Hell awaits all who were once right with God and are now living outside of His complete Lordship over their personal lives:
“Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth. When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.” Ezekiel 33:12-13
As we see clearly in the above text, the Almighty judges your life by your current state of heart and all, yes all, of your past righteousnesses are not remembered if you are not completely bowed down under His holiness and Lordship at this moment.
Do we still wish to define truth based on how it fits our own lifestyle instead of how our eternal Judge gave it to us in His Word? What position is best for the long run?
We all know and can attest to the Bible truth that there is opportunity “to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season” and yet “she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.” (Heb. 11:25; 1 Tim. 5:6) Sin brings spiritual death and righteousness by the blood of Christ and enabling power of the Holy Spirit brings life and blessings untold now and forever (Rom. 5:17; 6:23; 8:13-14).
Security Check Point
Still not sure where you currently are with the LORD? Want to know? The Word says that “Without faith it is impossible to please him.” (Heb. 11:6) Heart faith that saves the soul is obedient to the One in whom its trust fully rests. If you are right with God, you are literally active and fruitful in the following things He commanded:
Boldly communicating His salvation to others, calling them to repent and believe upon Him or perish in hell – because you love Him and them more than self (Mk. 16:15-20; Phil. 2:3-5).
- You are showing charity and love to all of the LORD’s children (Jn. 13:34-35; Gal. 6:10; 1 Jn. 4).
- You assist others in any way possible (1 Cor. 10:24; 13:1-8).
- You are abstaining from all appearances of evil or temptation to sin (Rom. 13:14).
- You are living a life of godly repentance and the forsaking of any thought, word or deed that offends His holiness (Ps. 51; Mk. 9:43-49; 1 Jn. 1:6-10; Rev. 3:19).
- You are fasting, praying and studying His Word (Isa. 58; 2 Tim. 2:15).
- You are crying out to Him for brokenness and a clean heart (Ps. 51; 139:23-24; Matt. 5:6, 8; 1 Tim. 1:5).
- You give all within your means to further the cause of the Gospel (Prov. 11:25-26; Phil. 4:15-16).
- You are abolishing and staying clear of any idol of the heart as you burn with flaming love for Jesus Christ (Eph. 5:5-9; 1 Jn. 5:21; Rev. 2:4-5).
You are currently crying out and looking for the soon return of the Savior for His few who are on the narrow road that leads to life (Matt. 24-25; Tit. 2:13-14; James 5:5-7; 1 Jn. 3:1-3; Rev. 22:20-21).
The absence of these things from one’s life testifies to the backslidden state of the heart (Prov. 14:14). Such a person is under the judgment of a holy God who will soon return “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know 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; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.” (2 Thess. 1:6-9)
“They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” Titus 1:16
According to God’s Word, judgment is always based on a person’s works because a person’s works are a clear manifestation of his inner heart and faith. No person will be judged on his mere profession of Christ but on the life he lived (Matt. 12:36-37; Jn. 5:29; Rom. 2:1-7, 13; 14:12; 1 Cor. 3:13-15; 2 Cor. 5:10; Eph. 6:7-8; Col. 3:25; Tit. 1:16; Rev. 2:23; 20:12; 22:12).
Who Are We Lying To But Ourselves?
“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” 1 John 2:3-4
Only A Few Will Make It
“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
Friend, How many times have you been warned? How long will you harden your heart? How long will you deny Jesus Christ while embellishing yourself with temporal pleasure and comforts which have lulled you into a deadly stupor and sleep? Hell awaits. LORD draw us to You and grant holy repentance!
“Woe to them that are at ease in Zion.” Amos 6:1
There is not one unconditional blessing in the divine economy. Every blessing, including everlasting life in Heaven and missing hell, hinges upon the obedient faith (the only kind of authentic saving faith) of the recipient of the message.
“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:6-8
If one is not this moment crucified with Christ, he has denied Him and is serving the false god of self which indisputably incriminates one as an idolater, worthy of eternal damnation in His holy site. Those who do not surrender their will to Christ in whole hearted, first love devotion are not His and are divinely decreed as unworthy of His holy Heaven:
“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.” Galatians 5:5-7
The dismal punishment for choosing the selfish sinful pleasures in this fleeting life will never end.
“And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Galatians 5:24
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24
Regardless of his past fellowship with Christ, the one who departs from the LORD, loses out.
Friend, are you serving Christ or self? According to Jesus, the answer is either one or the other – it is an impossibility to serve more than one master. Is it really worth it to “despise” Jesus Christ while serving self interests? To refuse outright and blatant obedience to Him is to deny Him and forsake all divine mercy.
“They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.” Jonah 2:8
To observe a teaching which supposes that one can live outside of the will of the One who is Salvation and still go to His holy Heaven is absurd at best.
Friend, are you going to “cover,” or confess your sins? Will you forsake, and flee from sin – that which displeases the LORD Almighty?
“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Proverbs 28:13
Like the man who possessed a heart after the LORD, we should quickly confess any sin we might commit – “For I will declare (confess) mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.” (Ps. 38:18)
Be not deceived: If experiencing the things of this fleeting world is more important to you than literally fellowshipping with and performing the will of God, you have denied and defied Him and are in love with the world and are the enemy of God (1 Jn. 2:15-17). If one loves this present world and the things in it, he is living in a state of death – the state of spiritual adultery. Such a person will go to the eternal dwelling place of all those who make themselves the enemy of God – regardless of what one professes with his mouth:
“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” James 4:4
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” 1 John 2:15
Will You Obey The Truth?
One might say “Hey I made peace with God long ago. I am secure and safe, based on that one confession and act of faith toward Christ.” Nonsense! “Once saved always saved” is a sinful and hellish cop-out! If you will miss hell and be in Heaven, you must trash this lie like the cancerous plague that it is and march forth unreservedly in obedience to the soon to return LORD of all lords, whom “out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall Rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” (Rev. 19:15) Neither Jesus Christ nor His holy apostles taught such a license to sin doctrine. In Holy Scripture, such a doctrine is associated specifically with “ungodly men” who “turn the grace of God into lasciviousness” and “deny(ing) the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Jude 4) The Son of God told His own 12: “He that endureth to the end shall be saved.” (Matt. 10:22) What explanation does this statement from “the Almighty God” need? (Rev. 1:8) I suppose none to the honest hearted. Any attempt to explain away or around such would be subversive, sinfully wicked and evil manipulation.
Listen to what Jesus tells the saints at Smyrna:
“And unto the angel of the church (not the lost) in Smyrna write…Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” Revelation 2:10-11
Our LORD’s words here are of course consistent with all of Holy Writ. Also consistent is the complete and purposed ignorance of so many who have to ignore volumes of texts like this to make their false grace message palatable. Here are two phrases that especially stand out in His message of warning to these believers in Smyrna and also His disciples today. When you read these see if you see conditions here. See if His blessing of eternal life has conditions attached:
“be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” (v 10)
“He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” (v 11)
Why would very believers be warned here by Christ if there were no possibility of them losing out? Is Jesus a lunatic or did He place conditions upon the final reception of His salvation?
We must choose to “endure sound doctrine” and not turn aside to fables if we are going to be with the Truth Himself in eternity (Jn. 14:6; 1 Tim. 4:1-3; 2 Tim. 4:1-4). I know that these truths are hard truth and yet they are the very truths of the One we will be judged by on that Day (Isa. 30:10; Rom. 3:4). So, we all make the choice to ignore or wax over these Bible truths, or face them and fall flat upon the mercy of the LORD we so desperately are in perpetual need of.
Did the very Son of Man not indiscriminately level a severe warning concerning readiness for His return? Jesus forewarned that all those who were at one time in His kingdom would not make it to eternal glory:
“And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting (over indulgence), and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares (suddenly, without warning). For as a snare (trap) shall it come on ALL them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” Luke 21:34-36
Will you be “accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass and to stand before the Son of man?” How can you know if you are ready?
Here are the main elements of this all-important passage in Luke 21:
“Take heed to yourselves” – take personal responsibility for your life and all that you think and do.
“Lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting (over indulgence)” – avoid overeating, overindulgence and reveling in this fleeting world; fast and pray often.
Do not live in “drunkenness” - be sober and do not become intoxicated with wine, strong drink or spiritual deception
Do not be caught up in the “cares of this life” – count Christ the supreme Prize of your whole existence and sever yourself from anything in this world that does not contribute to this all-consuming pursuit.
“Watch” – never allow yourself to doze off or fall asleep. Remain on guard at all times and let not any sinful thinking have dominion over your life.
“Pray always” – ceaselessly commune with the Savior. Live moment to moment in fellowship with Him.
Denying any thought or activity that doesn’t draw you closer to Christ is essential in preparedness for His glorious return.
That overcoming believer who endures to the end of his trial will receive the blessed crown of His righteousness (James 1:12). Now is the hour. Today is the day – to throw back the veil that blinds us and binds us to that chain of darkness!
Jesus told us that He came “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” (Acts 26:18)
Jesus Christ came to grant us redemption and complete forgiveness, delivering us from all the power of darkness.
“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13-14
Make no mistake: If we do not draw nigh to Him in repentance of life and cultivate a heart after Him, darkness will inevitably overtake our lives.
Be deceived no longer friend, if your life is not laid down before Christ, your eternity is sealed by your self-serving idolatrous decision to deny the nail-scarred Savior. If He is truly LORD of your life, He is reigning supreme in all you think, say and do. He is risen! Rejoice and give glory to the One who bled for your sins on Calvary’s cross and rose from the dead.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption (eternal damnation)…” Galatians 6:7-8
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Romans 6:16
If you haven’t heard this type Gospel communication, it may be time to flee for your life and from the wolf in charge of your current local church and find a true servant of Christ who preaches the Word! We must bathe and gird ourselves in His holy truth and become surrounded with those who are fervently seeking His face. There will be no excuse in that Great and Terrible Day.
Most churches today are mere playhouses for the leaders and those who attend (2 Tim. 4:1-5). Entertainment is the order of the day, not true biblical Christianity which seeks to glorify God exactly the way He told us to in His precious Word.
According to God’s Word to us (Ezek. 33:12-13), all of your past fruit or relationship with Christ is null and void (forgotten by God) if you are not submitted fully to His glorious Lordship at this moment. If you refuse to lay it all down and follow Jesus in truth, on that Great Day of Judgment He will grant you what you chose on earth – to live separated from Him. The one who lives his earthly life outside of an intimate abiding in Christ, can expect to be separated from Him for eternity in the lake of fire where the dense, horrid and ferocious flames of the literal ocean of fire will torment his helpless, conscious soul forever. Hell is for keeps. This eternal prison of fire is the point of no return and we should all consider that damnation is the eternal home of all who are not fully submitted to Christ, the only One who can rescue the depraved soul from the flames of the domain of the damned.
If one reading these words is now ready to be fully right with God, he should bow his head and heart and cry out to the One who loves him and was crucified to save and bless him. Never mind the slightest questioning or excuse – ARE YOU READY TO LAY IT ALL DOWN? OR, will you turn away and forsake what is perhaps your last call and opportunity to make things right with your Maker and Judge? To refuse to fully come to repentance upon reading these words, is to kiss the gates of Heaven and turn and militantly march through the gates of hell.
“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:6-7
Your Prayer Of Complete Surrender And Repentance:
Father in Heaven, I have sinned against You grossly and have no one to blame except myself. I have rebelled and done things my way and not Yours. Holy Father, I hasten to repent. I now beg You in this very instant to forgive me and cleanse my soul of all the iniquity and sin I have committed. Wash me with Your sinless, holy blood Jesus and make me a new creature in Christ. From this moment forward I will follow You to the end of my life! I am ready to suffer persecution for Your precious Name Jesus, my LORD and my God. I lay my life in Your hands, never to take it up again unto myself. Father, Into Thine hands I commend/commit my spirit. From this moment forward I will never be ashamed of You again but will proclaim Your salvation to others as I eagerly look for Your soon return. Amen.
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