Easy Access – No Exit 1

This is a micro-series on what has become an unpopular topic among Christian pastors, and Christians who choose instead to speak mainly of evangelism, missions, and a love without justice. Jesus did not shy away from speaking on hell. On the other hand secular humanists and liberal theologian dismiss it all together out of hand. There is nothing new in their threadbare arguments, the parrot the same tired hypothesis and river of dismissive adjectives that like a bad penny will not go away.

The Judgments

The Path to Believer’s Judgment

Man cannot get into heaven, live with God for eternity, by his own works–PERIOD.

Really the term “heaven” in general thought, is not representative of where God’s people will reside through eternity. The biblical reality is a new heaven (firmaments), a new earth, and a new Jerusalem (Rev. 21:1-2). However that is a discussion for another time.

The only way into heaven, is by recognizing Jesus shedding of blood and death on the cross was a payment for my sins and for yours. Jesus finished His work when he rose from the grave, thereby defeating death forever (John 14: 6).

Yet it is not enough to just recognize these historical facts, or offer mere intellectual assent. We must believe in our hearts that Jesus died and was raised bodily from the grave. His finished work is therefore sufficient to save us if we put our full trust in Him and turn away from our sin. That is the gospel; the celestial passport that is our salvation and gives us the “Christian.”

When the believer is judged God cannot see his sins, no matter how many or how heinous. God sees only the Perfection of Jesus Christ enveloping him. This is God’s grace and mercy given only to those who trust in God’s true Messiah, Jesus, for salvation.

This is the gospel message, but it is pretentious in so far as it is missing an implicit, but cognate component— eternal torment in hell—the real danger of rejecting Christ’s free gift!

All You Need is Love?

For the most part the Christian Church today proclaims “God is love.” That’s it. God is love, and that is where it is left for the most part. However, if God is just love He is a puny God indeed. Love without justice is not love at all.

God’s people have no capacity for theodicy[1], hence we are plagued with the false precept that a loving God would not send someone to hell and certainly not for all eternity. The Church is by and large, embarrassed about the doctrine of hell. When the wicked person’s “sin” has been paid for by staying in hell the allotted time, they are then brought into heaven (purgatory) or they cease to suffer, because they cease to exist (annihilation). Both postulates are fallacious. God is not divided. God is not just love. That is but one attribute of God, and the attributes we name are not “various components” of God any more than the trinity is three different Gods—God is One.

Judgment of the Unbelievers All You Need is Love?

The Bible calls the judgment of the unbelievers, the “great white throne”[2] judgment. No true believer will be judged here. This will be a terrifying occasion. As the unrepentant dead stand before God’s throne they will witness the earth and heavens as they retreat into oblivion in a flash before God’s glory.

Then the books are opened illuminating the sins of each reprobate to the billions of unbelieving people. Standing before the throne of judgment every sin, every word, every secret thought, and every act of all peoples, from every nation, tribe, and tongue will be revealed for all to see. All evil done against God or man will be exposed!

God will judge them from their deeds, the works of unbelievers judged as right or wrong according to “the moral law, the precepts of the gospel.”[3]

But another book is also opened—the Book of Life which contains the names of every man, woman, and child who in Christ. However, by their absence it also shows those that did not heed the “precepts of the gospel,” thereby it damns unbelieving men to hell; whereas the books revealing their evil deeds decree the severity of their torment.

When the judgment is over, the eternally lost follow Satan and the beast into hell; Hell, geénnēs in the Greek, is the eternal lake of fire. Whether the flames are physical or immaterial will matter not—hell is the place where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched (Mark 9: 48).

Abandon all hope, all ye who enter here.

Continued in Part 2

[1] Defending God’s goodness

[2] Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

[3] Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary (AMG Publishers), “deeds” Strngs 2041, 650.

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