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Heaven or Hell

Which have you chosen?

(prepared by Maurice Johnson, M.Div)

 

 

    Did you know that God’s plan of salvation for the human race gives man the power of choice - to choose his own eternal destiny? Yes, God allows each member of Adam’s race to choose for themselves where they will spend eternity!

 

    When God created man, He created them male and female, and He created them in His own image and likeness to be a part of God’s family (Genesis 1:27; Acts 17:28). God commanded them to be fruitful and to multiply, and to fill the earth with their offspring.

 

    For a time Adam and Eve enjoyed sweet fellowship with their Creator in the Garden of Eden, which God had made for them to live in. But Satan, God’s enemy, who had rebelled against God and had been cast out of Heaven, decided that somehow he was going to hurt God by destroying man whom God loved so much. So Satan waited until Adam and Eve were separated in the garden, and then disguised himself as one of the most beautiful creatures in the garden (the serpent), and he tempted Eve to sin against God by disobeying God’s command.

 

    Satan’s formula for deceiving Eve was three parts truth and one part lie. He told Eve four things; three were true, but one was a lie (Genesis 3:1-5). Eve, being deceived by the devil, chose to believe and act upon Satan’s word instead of God’s word. This disobedience to God’s command made her a “sinner.” She then convinced Adam to join her in sinning against God. So Adam deliberately chose to become a sinner.

 

    The Bible tells us that when Adam and Eve sinned, the just demands of God’s Holy Law sentenced them to spend eternity in the lake of fire with Satan and his fallen angels. But Adam’s sin did not just affect him alone; the Bible declares that we, Adam’s “seed,” were “in him” when he sinned, so we were all affected by his sin. The Bible explains that Adam beget sons and daughters “in his own image and likeness.” That means that the sin of Adam and Eve condemned both they and their entire race to spend eternity in the lake of fire.

 

    Adam’s “sinful nature” has passed on down to all his children. The Bible says, “They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.” (Psalm 58:3) “There is none righteous, no, not one...For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:10, 23) So then we are all sinners both by nature and by choice.

 

    But the Bible also tells us that God loved mankind so much that He immediately set in motion a plan to redeem mankind from sin. This plan required God the Son (Jesus) to become a man and to die for man’s sin. To pay for mankind’s sin, Jesus suffered and died physically on the cross. While Jesus hung on the cross, speaking of God’s plan of redemption for mankind, He stated, “It is finished.” Then He died. (John 19:30)

 

    Since mankind became a sinner by choice, God has made salvation from sin a matter of choice. Jesus paid the full penalty for all sin; now God offers salvation as a “free gift.” The Bible declares, “...the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23); “...God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” (I John 5:11-12); and, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36)

 

    Anyone who desires to have this “free gift” from God can choose to receive it. To “receive” this gift you must first “repent” of your sins. Jesus said, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” So the choice that God has given us is “turn or burn”: turn away from sin or burn in hell. Next, this gift must be “asked for.” The Bible says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13) Finally, this gift must be “received” by faith. The Bible says, “But as many as received him [Jesus Christ], to them gave he power to become the sons of God...” (John 1:12).

 

    The majority of the human race has somehow forgotten that sin has already condemned the whole race to spend eternity in the lake of fire. They have also forgotten that the one purpose for our life on the Earth is for each individual member of Adam’s race to personally choose their own eternal destiny. No one can by any means choose someone else’s destiny. Everyone must choose for themselves (Psalm 49:7). Since we have all already been condemned and sentenced to the lake of fire, no choice is required to go there; it is automatic when we die unsaved. But to go to Heaven, we must “choose” to be saved.  Most people spend their entire lives on Earth seeking fame, fortune and pleasure, and never find time to make life’s most important choice - getting their name written in God’s Book of Life.

 

    Jesus asked, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36) In the final analysis, the only thing in this life that really matters is whether or not we choose to ask God to save us and  write our names in the Book of Life; because, the Bible says, at the final judgment, “whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Rev. 20:15)

 

    So, my friend, once again I ask you, which have you chosen: Heaven or hell? As much as God loves you (enough to allow His Son, Jesus Christ, to die in your place for your sins), He will not allow anyone to make this choice for you. Throughout the Bible God says, “Behold, I set before you life and death: therefore choose life.” (Deut. 30:15, 19; Jer. 21:8) The Bible also says, “The Lord is...longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (II Peter 3:9) In other words, God is saying, “Please, don’t go to hell.”

 

    My friend, will you receive Jesus Christ right now as your Lord and Saviour, and ask Him to write your name in the Book of Life?

 

    If you would like more information concerning this gospel message, or if you are interested in a Bible teaching and preaching church, please contact us.

 

 

“It does make a difference what you believe.”

 

 

 

Is Hell Real?

 

   Hell has always been and continues today to be a subject of much controversy. Many deny the existence of Hell, and those who believe in Hell cannot agree upon the various aspects associated with it. Some believe Hell is a definite place while others believe it is a person’s state of being and that the Bible uses symbolical language to describe it. What is the truth concerning Hell?

 

Looking to the Source of Truth

 

   The authoritative source of all truth is God’s Word – the Bible.

 

  • The words of the LORD are pure words:” (Psalm 12:6)
  • the testimony of the LORD is sure,” (Psalm 19:7)
  • “...thy word is truth.” (John 17:17)
  • God...cannot lie” (Titus 1:2)

 

We can trust God to tell us the truth about all things, including Hell. The Bible reveals the following facts about Hell:

 

Hell Is Factual

 

The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” (Psa. 9:17)

   Hell is not a myth; it is not make-believe; it is not a joke; it is not an imaginary place made up to scare people into doing good; the Bible declares that Hell is very real.

 

 

Hell Is Fearful

 

     God has been gracious to give us an adequate description of this place called Hell.

 

Þ       It is a place of torment – “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments...And he cried and said...I am tormented in this flame.” (Luke 16:23-24)

 

Þ       It is a place of everlasting fire – “...to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:” (Mark 9:45)

 

Þ       It is a place of wailing and gnashing of teeth – “there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:42)

 

Þ       It is a place of “worms” – “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” (Mark 9:44)

 

Þ       It is a place of darkness – “cast him into outer darkness;” (Matt. 22:13)

 

Þ       It is a place where the devil will live – “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” (Matt. 25:41)

 

Þ       The misery of Hell will consist in the loss of the vision and love of God, exclusion from every source of happiness, the sense of the just anger of God, and all other sufferings of body and soul which in the nature of things are the natural results of sin, or which the law of God requires as penal inflictions. The degrees of anguish will be proportioned to the degrees of guilt (see Matthew 10:15; Matthew 23:14; and Luke 12:47-48).

 

 

Hell Is Final

 

     There is no second chance once a person dies; you will go either to Heaven or Hell.

 

Þ       And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.” (Luke 16:26)

 

Þ       And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” (Matt. 25:46)

 

 

Hell Is Forsakeable

 

   There is good news! God has made a way of escape from Hell. It is as easy as repenting of your sin and by faith accepting the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ that was made to redeem you. “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” (Romans 5:9)

 

 

“HOW DO I RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE?”

 

   Salvation is received like a gift is received. As a matter of fact, the Bible says, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23); and, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God" (Eph. 2:8). 

 

How can you receive the gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ? 

 

1.  You need to realize that you have sinned against a holy God (Romans 3:10-12, 23); that you cannot save yourself (Romans 3:20); and that being a sinner you are deserving of God's judgment (Romans 6:23).

 

2.  Understand that even in your sinful condition, God loves you enough that He shed His blood to pay the penalty for your sins and to save you from your sins (Romans 5:8-9). 

 

3.  You must repent (Luke 13:3-5). Part of repentance is a sorrow or grief over sins committed. This is not a sorrow over being caught in sin, or a sorrow over the penalty of sin, but a sorrow that your sin has grieved and angered God. Another part of repentance is a change of mind concerning sin. No longer is sin seen as desirable or acceptable. Instead there is a loathing of sin and a desire to turn from it and change.

 

4.  Now call on the Lord by faith (Romans 10:9-13), receiving Jesus Christ and eternal life today!

 

                       

Will you receive Jesus Christ right now?

 

 

If you would like more information concerning this gospel message, or if you are interested in a Bible teaching and Bible preaching church in your area, please contact us.

 

 

Religious, But Lost?

 

 

   Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14, “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.  One poignant truth found in His statement is the fact that “few” will receive eternal life and “many” (most) will receive eternal destruction (damnation; hell). This declaration contradicts the belief held by many today that most people will make it to Heaven. Where will you spend eternity?

 

“I THINK I’M OKAY”

 

   We live in a period of time when many in America are confident that everything is “okay” enough between them and God that they feel like they will go to Heaven when they die. The truth is, most will not. As a matter of fact, Hell will have its share of “religious” people. Jesus stated, “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)

 

  • How surprised some who had called Jesus “Lord” will be when they are not allowed to enter Heaven.
  • How shocked many will be who had “prophesied” in the name of Jesus, and yet they are denied entrance into Heaven.
  • How stunned will be those who had “cast out devils” in the name of Jesus, and they themselves are cast from the presence of the Lord.
  • How shaken many will be who had done “many wonderful works” in the name of Jesus Christ, and yet they will hear Jesus say to them, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
  • What a sad day indeed.

 

“I BELIEVE IN GOD”

 

   Many have been fooled into accepting the notion that all that is necessary for salvation is to believe in God, or to believe in Jesus. Most of us believe in God and Jesus. Believing is good and important:

 

  • Acts 16:31, “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
  • First Corinthians 1:21, “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
  • And Romans 10:9, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

 

   But merely “believing” in a God and Jesus Christ is not enough for eternal life. The Bible also states, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” (James 2:19) The devils (fallen angels) know full well that there is a God. They spent time with the triune God before this world was created. Notice that James pointed out that they “tremble.” That’s more than most men do. Will the devils be saved? No; because of a choice they made their eternal destination is sealed. The Holy Spirit used them as an example to show us how that believing in the existence of God does not secure our place in Heaven. Unfortunately, many will go to hell believing in the existence of God and Jesus.

 

   You must receive the Lord Jesus Christ in order to go to Heaven. The word “receive” means “to take, as a thing offered or sent; to accept” (Noah Webster, 1828).

 

  • The Gospel of John states concerning Jesus Christ, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:11-12).
  • The apostle Paul stated in Colossians 2:6, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.”
  • The apostle declared that the believers in Corinth were saved by receiving the gospel: First Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”

   The “receiving” is very important because, according to verse two, it is possible to believe in vain. You must believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, but you must also receive the Lord Jesus Christ to keep your believing from being in vain [the difference between head knowledge and faith].

 

 

“HOW DO I RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE?”

 

   Salvation is received like a gift is received. As a matter of fact, the Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23); and “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8). How can you receive the gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ? With an open Bible, find and read the following Scripture references:

 

1.  You need to realize that you have sinned against a holy God (Romans 3:10-12, 23); that you cannot save yourself (Romans 3:20); and that being a sinner you are deserving of God’s judgment (Romans 6:23).

 

2.  Understand that even in your sinful condition, God loves you enough that He shed His blood to pay the penalty for your sins and to save you from your sins (Romans 5:8-9).

 

3.  You must repent (Luke 13:3-5). Part of repentance is a sorrow or grief over sins committed. This is not a sorrow over being caught in sin, or a sorrow over the penalty of sin, but a sorrow that sin has grieved and angered God. Another part of repentance is a change of mind concerning sin. No longer is sin seen as desirable or acceptable. Instead there is a loathing of sin and a desire to turn from it and to change.

 

4.  Now call on the Lord by faith (Romans 10:9-13), receiving Jesus Christ and eternal life today!

 

 

Will you receive the Lord Jesus Christ right now?

 

If you would like more information concerning this gospel message, or if you are interested in a Bible teaching, Bible preaching church in your area, please contact us.