Our guest speaker this past Sunday was Greg Gordon. Greg oversees Sermon Index http://www.sermonindex.net – an excellent online resource of audio and video messages by top quality speakers past and present. A tagline for the site is “Promoting Genuine Biblical Revival.”
Greg chose to speak on a topic essential to the gospel of Christ yet one difficult for today’s worldly-minded souls — whether professed atheists or believers — to hear. His topic was “Hell.”
Hell, he explained, is a place of 14 fearful realities: 1. Abiding wrath (John 3:36), 2. Darkness (2 Pet. 2:17), 3. Crying (Luke 13:28), 4. Damnation (Mark 3:29), 5. Everlasting punishment (Matt. 25:46), 6. Filthiness (Rev. 22:11), 7. Hopelessness (Eph. 2:12), 8. Judgment (Eccl. 12:14), 9. Eternal imprisonment (Jude 6), 10. Fire (Rev. 20:14), 11. Rueful memories (Luke 16:2), 12 No rest (Rev. 14:11), 13. Lonely oblivion (Job 24:20), 14. Painful torment (Luke 16:23).
Many more scriptures were referenced but these are sufficient. Hell is a very real and current place, never intended for people but “for the devil and his [the fallen] angels” (Matt. 25:41). It became a place for the human disobedient by our willful choice to turn from God and to the Devil.
God must by His Nature repel sin from His holiness, just as a magnet repels a like charged pole. His nature demands it. God IS holy, thus “without holiness no one will see the Lord.” (Heb. 12:14). We are admonished “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’” (1 Pet. 1:15-16, cf Lev. 11:44,45; 19:2).
Greg also referenced the universality of the concept of Hell. He spoke of encountering “The Wheel of Life,” or ‘Bhavacakra’, while in Nepal–a Buddhist meditation tool depicting various realms of existence and how the law of ‘Karma’ works among them. It is all held together by ‘Yama,’ the Lord of Death. Buddhism acknowledges 18 “hells” and all are places of intense torment and torture inflicted by demons.
At the bottom of most Bhavacakra is this inscription:
“I have shown you the path that leads to liberation
But you should know that liberation depends upon yourself.” – Buddha
But Scripture teaches us we can only depend upon God…
The psalmist blessed God, singing “You [the Lord God] make known to me the path of life…” (Ps. 16:11).
Jesus taught, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).
And the early church linked the two: “…God raised Him [Jesus] from the dead… David said about Him: ‘You have made known to me the paths of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence.’” (Acts 2:24…28).
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Prov. 9:10)
Choose wisely today.