Hell: Introduction

This is the first of my series titled, “The Mexican Standoff”. For those wondering where I got the title and the purpose this series, please read this first

“He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” ~ Revelation 21:7-8

Charles Spurgeon once said “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”

There aren’t many subjects of Biblical doctrine that modern Christians will attempt to avoid more than the one of everlasting torment. No true child of God could speak on the horrors that await the unsaved without pain in their heart and tears in their eyes, however it cannot be avoided, it cannot be diluted…..it must not be distorted. (more…)


Fire, Fire! ~ J.C. Ryle

J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) has been my favourite Christian preacher and teacher for quite some time now, his writings are timeless and full of God’s truth. I would highly recommend any of his books for personal study (these are available on-line and in many larger Christian book stores) or simply for those who wish to learn and develop a greater understanding of God’s Word as the Bible itself was Ryle’s sole authority. This man had a great love for his Saviour and for the Gospel, he was unashamed of his Lord and stood defiant against the world as a solider of Christ; no wonder Spurgeon described Ryle as “that man of granite, with the heart of a child“. Below I have added one of Ryle’s sermons on the subject of hell, which was often misunderstood or ridiculed and outright denied (as it still is today).

When a house is on fire, what ought to be done first? We ought to give the alarm and wake the inhabitants. This is true love to our neighbour. this is true charity. Reader, I love your soul, and want it to be saved. I am therefore going to tell you something about hell. There is such a place as hell. Let no one deceive you with vain words. What men do not like, they try hard not to believe. When the Lord Jesus Christ comes to judge the world, he will punish all who are not his disciples with a fearful punishment. All who are found impenitent and unbelieving; all who have clung to sin, stuck to the world, and set their affections on things below; all who are without Christ; all such shall come to an awful end. Whosoever is not written in the book of life shall be “cast into the lake of fire.” Rev 20:15.


Just Be Good…..

Now before I get any angry comments, I DO NOT AGREE with the message conveyed in the above picture which I came across when searching for Bible verse pictures to add to my Facebook page and yes I became very angry when I saw it too…..

Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone…” ~ Mark 10:18

When it comes to exposing false religions Buddhism is often overlooked due to its seeming neutrality when compared to Christianity, Islam, Roman Catholicism or even Atheism. The particular website where that picture came from, like those of all the false teachings/cults immediately lures the carnal man in with a promise of reward and a mix of truth and lies. Below is a list from that website of their “teachings” :

  • Emphasizes compassion, tolerance and moderation
  • Provides a clear path for spiritual and personal development
  • Has no room for blind faith or unthinking worship
  • Encourages questions and investigations into its own teachings
  • Says sincere followers of other faiths are also rewarded in the afterlife

Now to the natural man who considers himself to be good this seems like a perfect life; to be compassionate, tolerant and with a final reward of heaven for everyone regardless of their beliefs….. what’s bad about that?

However as Satan twisted God’s Word to try and tempt Jesus, he has continually mixed some truth in with the lies and twisted what looks good on the surface to actually be evil.

  • Scripture is very clear that no man is good (Psalm 14:1, Mark 10:18),
  • No man can enter the Kingdom of God by being good (John 3:3, Ephesians 2:8-9),
  • There is only one Way/Faith to heaven (John 3:7, John 14:6, John 10:9, 2 Corinthians 6:15),
  • We are to look and believe by faith in things unseen (2 Corinthians 4:18, 1 Timothy 1:17, 1 Peter 1:8, John 20:29)
  • There are MANY who will never enter the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Matthew 7:13-14, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15)

There are even those who claim to be within the church of Jesus Christ and believe that union can be made with Roman Catholicism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and all will enter the kingdom of heaven. In reality these people are more Buddhist than Christian, believing in Belial rather than Christ. To state that any man is good and will enter heaven just by being so is an affront to Almighty God who sent His perfect Son to die in our place for our sins, to reject the gift of salvation which cost Him so much, to lift ourselves above Him ( just as Satan wanted to do), to worship the creature rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25), to demand Christ as a Saviour but shun Him as Lord, all under the guise of “love”.

Peter described this very situation over 1900 years ago so to finish I’ll simply quote his writings under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit –

“False prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgement from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” ~ 2 Peter 2:1-3

The Perfect Lukewarm Church

I don’t know who wrote this but it perfectly describes what most of the modern “seeker friendly” crowd are looking for. There used to be a church like this in Laodicea…..but it’s gone now.

Hello, Mr. Pastor,
Can you help us in our search?
We’ve been looking all around here
For a really perfect church.

We don’t care so much for doctrine,
“Flexible” is more our style.
Pleasant pluralism maybe…
That should suit us for awhile.

Something, loose and non-conforming.
A free-spirit sort of thing!
Yes, where Christ is preached as Helper,
Not so much as Lord or King.

We need something light and bouncy,
In a metaphoric way,
Sermons that will gently help us
Love the world in our own way.

We think feeling good is important,
And we heard we’d fit right in…
We’ve heard hell here is not an issue.
For that matter…neither is our “sin”.

If that’s true, we’ll be here on Sunday…
Golly-Gee, Oh, yes we will!
This sounds like the church we’re after!
We know it will be a thrill!