Summary: An evangelistic message on Hell and the way to heaven.
THE TRUTH ABOUT HELL
In a recent survey, it was determined that 35% of Baptists; 54% of Presbyterians, 58% of Methodists, and 60% of Episcopalians do not believe in a literal place called hell! 71% of the 8 leading seminaries in the United States do not believe in either Heaven or Hell.
In the New Testament alone, the "eternality of Hell" occurs 126 times; while Jesus spoke of Heaven only once, He spoke of Hell 11 times!
Christian Science, founded by spiritist Mary Baker Eddy, teaches that ¡§there is no death.¡¨ They believe that ¡§heaven and hell are states of thought, not places. People experience their own heaven or hell right here on earth.¡¨
New Age cult leader Sun Myung Moon of The Unification Church believes that ¡§God will not desert any person eternally. By some means...they will be restored.¡¨
Mormonism, founded by occultist Joseph Smith, argues, ¡§The false doctrine that the punishment to be visited upon erring souls is endless...is but a dogma of unauthorized and erring sectaries, at once unscriptural, unreasonable, and revolting.¡¨
Jehovah¡¦s Witnesses, founded by Charles Taze Russell maintains that the wicked are forever annihilated because ¡§the teaching about a fiery hell can rightly be designated as a ¡¥teaching of demons.¡¦¡¨
As you can see, there are a lot of lies about hell. I believe one of Satan¡¦s greatest goals is to dupe people into believing that Hell is not real, that a God of love would never send anyone to hell. In truth He doesn¡¦t John 3:17-18 We are born with a spiritually terminal disease called sin. There is only one cure. It is a personal choice to accept that cure. Jesus is the only way. God doesn¡¦t make us a sinner. He provides a cure for the sin.
I. IT IS A PLACE OF ETERNAL TORMENT. ¡§Where the fire is not quenched and the worm dieth not.¡¨
A) ILL. A Jehovah¡¦s Witness couple came to my door one day and we began to talk about hell. She said, ¡§even if it was a literal place, if you light a piece of paper it burns up and is gone, annihilated.¡¨
The problem with that logic is that our soul is not a piece of paper.
1) Those in heaven will be given an eternal body for joy, peace, and pleasure.
2) Those in hell will be made eternal for suffering¡Xan eternal state of dying and torment.
B) Luke 16:19-24 I have heard many explanations of preachers through the years that have attempted to explain the kind of torment this will be. There is nothing in this life that we can compare; nothing that will even come close.
C) A reality that many are not willing to admit.
1) Well I BELIEVE that hell is just here on earth¡K¡KI BELIEVE that it is just a picture, not literal.
2) I won¡¦t be the only one there, all my friends will be there too¡K¡KIf you knew your house was going to burn tonight and your friends and family were in there would you just stay in the house having a party and waiting to be burned by the fire? No you would get out and try to take them out with you. SAVANAH¡¦S FIRE PLAN
II. IT IS A PLACE OF ETERNAL MEMORY. LUKE 16:25-26