What happens when you die?
John 14:6 “ 6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Dark darkness can be absolutely terrifying.
In case you don’t realize how darkness actually looks and feels, do this. Wait until it’s really late at night (between 11pm and 3am). Turn off your bedroom light, then go sit in the bathroom without the light on so there is absolutely no light seeping in from anywhere. This experiment wasn’t my intention when I decided to wash my hands in the middle of the night without turning on the lights (to keep from waking myself up more than I already was). I sat down and started blinking and looking around. I realized I couldn’t see anything! I don’t mean the type of reaction you have when lights go out, and you wait for your eyes to adjust to the darkness. I mean I couldn’t make out the shapes of my towels, the sink or the wall because there was no light to cast any shadows. Since I couldn’t see, I noticed I was very in tune with my sense of touch and hearing because I used them to guide me back to my bed.
For just those couple minutes, my senses were heightened allowing me to feel terror. I wasn’t scared of the dark because I knew where I was, but I felt terror because the only place I know to have darkness thick enough to feel is in hell. In those couple minutes, this is what I imagined. I’m blinking, squinting and straining my eyes desperately trying to see something, and I can’t. I’m alone. I don’t know where I am or how I got here. Things are crawling on me. I’m trapped/bound/confined to this area, and I hear something coming towards me. I want to see it, but I don’t want to see it at the same time. I don’t know what it is, but I instantly know I don’t like it. It sounds tall and horrible, and attacks me from behind. I feel my back rip open and know I’ll be beaten for longer than I can stand.
I struggled with breathing and had to force myself to leave to get back to my bed all the while thinking about how hell will have every nightmare and torture waiting for anyone who rejects Jesus. I didn’t go to sleep for some time. I lay in bed shaken and wondering what would go through my mind if I was unsaved and saw light afar off in Heaven. Would hopelessness set in immediately? Who would I hate for having to be in this place? The thought of no meals, no water, no sleep and only constant suffering was too much for me to continue pondering.
I don’t write this because I want to scare people to Jesus, but if Jesus spoke about it often, it must be real. This is as much a reminder for myself as it is for anyone reading this. He warns us about the consequences of not accepting Him which is what we believe is for unbelievers, but He also warns us hell is the destination of those not following His commands (including those who call themselves Christians but have not Christ). I’ve been called names and dismissed as a legalist because I point out things that may be dangerous to the body of Christ if we participate. I’m told “it’s not that bad” or that I want people to be like me…so forth and so on. Mostly, what I’m told is that I need to stop talking about things we do (I’m taken as being mean, I guess) and “just pray”.
Let me ask you this.
1. If I see you’re about to get hit by a bus, would you rather I:
a) write you an entertaining letter that says it’s a good idea to watch where you’re going?
b) pray that you wise up to see the bus coming?
c) yell, “LOOK OUT!”?
2. If you’ve fallen into the deep end of the pool and can’t swim, would you rather I:
a) watch you drown?
b) dive into the pool and offer you swimming lessons?
c) throw you a floating device and pull you out?
If you answered “a” to either of these scenarios, you just described modern day evangelicalism –pretty words that don’t offend and basically ensure a person will die in their sins (because “sin”, “repentance”, and “holiness” are words that are avoided). If you answered “b” to either of these scenarios, you describe a nice person or even a compassionate, caring Christian. However, in the attempt to do something yet not disturb anyone, that person is passive and possibly lukewarm. If you answered “c” to either of these scenarios, you just described someone who has a burning desire to see people come to Christ because they see an IMMINENT DANGER in the activity or the direction of the person to whom they speak.
According to this website, the world population on 4/14/10 was 6,814,826,683. The death rate for 2009 (8 deaths/1000 population) was 53.4 million people gone/year. That meant:
– 146,357 people die each day
– 6098 people die each hour
– 102 people die each minute
– almost 2 people die each second
In the time it took you to read those statistics, how many people were thrust into eternity? We don’t know when our time will come to stand before Almighty God. How many people can you directly affect but won’t because you just want to pray for them instead of talking to them? How many people will you let continue to think are okay living in sin because you don’t want to hurt their feelings or be seen as judgmental? If you were going to die of a disease, you’d want someone to diagnose you and help you get the cure so you could live. You may not enjoy hearing your condition, but you’d be grateful to whoever told you so you could do something about it. If you were going to die eternally, you’d want someone to point you to Jesus. You may not enjoy being told your sinful lifestyle is wrong, but wouldn’t the end result be worth the short-term anger?
“Letter from hell” – Listen
Eze 3:17-19 “17Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. 18When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 19Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.”
“Just love them!” What? “Just love them and pray for them. I love everybody.” You are a liar! The love of Jesus is NOT in you if you don’t have a burning desire in your heart to see people come to Christ. How can you say you love your friends and opt not to minister to them to keep them from eternal separation from the Giver of life? There is no excuse for us to sit back and wait for someone else to speak to our “friends”. Yes, “he who wins souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30), but he knows when he should be silent and when to speak. When we pray for people, we pray that their hearts of stone be broken so they may receive the Word of God. We pray for people to come into their lives to help lead them to Christ and teach them to follow in His ways. You may be the person chosen to speak into your friend’s life, yet you keep praying that God send someone else!!! How dare you know the perils to come and be content to let your friend go on believing that s/he is fine! How can you sleep comfortably in your warm bed convinced you’re saved and on your way to Heaven while the friend you claim to love is one breath away from eternal damnation?! If that is your idea of “friendship”, please don’t ever get close to me because you have shown yourself to be selfish. Jesus is a gift for all who will receive Him. All of Heaven celebrates when one who is lost comes to know the salvation of the Lord (Luke 15:3-7), yet when we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings and keep silent about Him, we are walking our friends right up to hell’s gates.
HURT MY FEELINGS, PLEASE! Let me know when I’m out of the will of God so that I may correct myself and get in right standing with Him.
All you need is love? – Really?
At night, as I lie awake in darkness and silence, I think of the fact that someone is dying at that very moment. I pray for people I don’t know as well as those I do. I pray that people will call on the name of Jesus. I hear about people dying as it comes across the news. I see people saying they hope they have a safe journey to the other side or that they rest in peace. The only thought that occupies my mind upon hearing of their deaths is, “Did they come to know Jesus as their personal savior?” When I’m baking and open my oven or cooking over an open flame, I think of how much hotter hell is than the heat than just passed over me. I think about how much I appreciate being able to adjust my temperature settings, eat and drink at will and sleep when needed, but souls in hell no longer have those privileges. Day after day, I think about if we will be ready when Jesus returns. I’m not morbid. I do enjoy life, but I also recognize that everything I do in this life determines where I will be and what I will do in the afterlife. I have to answer to God for what I do, what I say, and what I didn’t say. I clearly do not care about you if I let you believe you can live outside God’s instructions and still make it to Heaven. I don’t understand how anyone can have an attitude of not trying to help each other pursue holiness because they feel “Only God can judge”. YES! THAT’S THE WHOLE POINT! God is going to judge, and He’s going to give an absolute, perfect and final judgment on ALL of us. That verdict is going to be without mercy against every sin not covered under the blood of Christ….and there is no appeal process. We must give an account of our words and deeds. I don’t understand how any fellow Believer can think allowing someone to face God’s judgment against something the Holy Spirit has pointed out as wrong is a good idea. It’s too late to correct the problem at trial. Jesus actively warned of hell and the judgments to come.
Matthew 12:36-37 “ 36But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
Matthew 10:27-28 “27What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. 28And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Mark 16:15-16 “ 15And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
Revelation 20:11-15 “11And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
This is War
Don’t be content to just be saved and let others find out the hard way. Warn your friends: Repent. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Follow Him and His instructions, or there will be hell to pay.