If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner? –1 Peter 4:18
Even for the Righteous, It is Hard to Be Saved
I have come to realize in my Gospel studies, that I need to gain a quicker understanding, and comprehensive awareness of Hell, and the justice of God in sending the wicked there. In many places, the Bible makes a distinction between the “righteous” and the “wicked.” The righteous are those who live their lives by faith in God and try to keep His moral commandments. When they sin, they immediately repent and say sorry to God, trying not to sin that specific sin again: so as to restore a good conscience before God immediately. This is only possible by the grace of God shown to the righteous, because of their faith in the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross: the only way a totally angry, and righteous God, could satisfy His wrath at the righteous for their sins. Only by that thin veil which is the blood of Jesus, can the righteous be saved. And “if it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” (1 Peter 4:18). It goes without saying, that the righteous are not perfect, they are not without sin, for “if we claim we have not sinned, we make” God out to be a liar (1 John 1:10). However, as a life-style the righteous TRY TO LIVE RIGHT generally speaking, and when they slip, stumble, fall, and sin–they repent immediately to restore their relationship with God. They fear the judgment of Hell, because they know it is easy to backslide, and shipwreck their faith (1 Tim. 1:19). They love God too, as growth in holiness naturally tends, but at the very foundation of their faith: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Prov. 9:10). They are awakened to Hell, and its presence in the center of the Earth (Matt. 12:40), awaiting to punish them everlastingly without mercy, and without the possibility of future escape–if they walk away from the Lord. (The very Lord God who left Heaven to suffer on the cross for their sins–even their sins!) Those anxious devils, who hated them before they were saved, and even more while they were saved, cannot wait to POUNCE on the souls of backslidden Christians, and take them down to the pits of Hell: those caverns of eternal torment. Those dark, depressing caverns of ghostly wails; and flashes of flames on the cave walls. That habitation of monstrous animal-like devils, and the weakened tortured wicked ones of the centuries.
Do You Have Any Idea How Horrible Hell Is?
If So, Why On Earth Would You Want to Go There?
I believe that 90% of the people who go to church, will also go to Hell and see these tortured wicked, and grotesque devils regularly, because they are not counted among the righteous. Every demon who has appeared in a nightmare, or a hallucination, or vision, or any false god or goddess who has appeared to a wizard or witch: will be so manifestly visible and present in Hell, and there will be no escape from their repulsive presences. Imagine the gods of the totem poles on those Native American shrines, or Kali, the eight-armed goddess of destruction from India. Demons like these are down there in Hell: for all the gods of nations are demons, the Bible says (Ps. 96:5, NETS). Monstrous, bestial devils which have revealed themselves to shamans, wizards, and pagans for centuries. And are you taking pains to avoid them? If not, you will live with them forever, in a disgusting hideous place of fire and sulfur (the smell of rotten eggs). AND IT WILL BE TOO LATE TO REPENT AND BELIEVE THE GOSPEL THEN! We have one life to live, and after this our judgment comes from God: to Heaven or to Hell (Heb. 9:27). ARE YOU READY TO MEET GOD? ARE YOU RIGHT WITH GOD?! DO YOU KNOW YOU ARE SAVED IN YOUR HEART? Take it seriously. (Or just keep going to work, go to sleep, go to the movies, go to church, and go to…?) Do you know where you will go when you die? Take the safe way out: FOLLOW JESUS. Repent: turn your life over to God and live by the Bible. Ask for Him to forgive your sins; and tell Him you believe Jesus died on the cross for your sins. And never go back to living like an atheist: “having no hope and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:12). Never go back. Follow Jesus. Follow God. Live for Him, and He will save you from going to Hell. Because if you don’t have His saving grace operating in your life right now, it’s only a matter of time, that one of these days you will wake up in Hell. Without Christ and His saving Gospel: YOU ARE ALREADY ON YOUR WAY THERE!
The Wrath of God Against the Wicked is Very Strong
Only those who do the will of the Father will go to Heaven (Matt. 7:21). It is a narrow gate and a narrow path of righteous living, with a life of faith in Jesus; that denies materialism, and seeks first the kingdom of God: this is the only way to Heaven (Matt. 6:33; 7:13-14; 19:24). This excludes a very large number of people inside the church, and obviously condemns everyone outside the church. Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matt. 7:13-14). The narrow gate is faith alone in Jesus’ death on the cross for your sins, and the forgiveness of your sins by that penitent faith. The narrow road is the way of righteous living by the moral commandments of God, as expressed in the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount (see Exodus 20:1-17; Matthew 5-7), and the apostolic letters of the New Testament. Ask yourself this question: are you living in a state of salvation? Or are you living in a state of damnation? Your body encases your soul. If your soul were to come out of your body right now, through death, or some other means–would you find yourself rising up to Heaven in the company of angels? Or, falling down to Hell in the company of devils? Ask yourself this seriously. It’s a matter of life and death. Don’t think that because you’re a churchgoer, a good humanist, or a nice guy that somehow God has favoritism for you. Don’t be so deluded! God is just inches away from hating you, because of the stench of your rotten wickedness and evil doings. But because of His patience, He puts up with you just a little longer, because deep down in His heart He still loves you, and wants you to repent, and turn to Him, and believe in His Son’s death on the cross for your sins, and live by His holy commandments.
If God Almost Destroyed the Israelites,
How Much More Will He Destroy You–
Unless You Repent and Believe in Jesus?
God almost completely destroyed the Israelites at Mount Sinai. He had enough of them. After the ten plagues of Egypt, the Red Sea crossing, the manna, the quail, the pillars of fire and cloud, the apparitions of angels, the sounds of heavenly trumpets, and the audible voice of God: they still rebelled against Him, and worshiped a golden calf, having a sex orgy! They were blind! But I say: THEY WERE LESS BLIND THAN AMERICANS TODAY. If it were not for Moses praying for them, the Jews would only exist today as the descendants of Moses, not of Abraham. God had said He was ready to restart the whole Jewish project through Moses’ bloodline. But something within God, held Him back from going back on His promise to save them, with just a thread of patience, and much pleading from Moses–God did not destroy the Israelites where they stood, dancing and fornicating at the foot of Mount Sinai (Exod. 32:10-14). Moses just barely managed to get God to change His mind. And I submit to you, that this is the same God, with the same righteous temperament, who will send every last one of you down to Hell, unless you repent from your sinful ways, and accept that only Jesus’ death on the cross, is sufficient for the forgiveness of your sins.