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24 Reasons Why Hell Is Real

24 Reasons Why Hell Is Real
David Shibley

Some false teachers today would like us to think that everybody will eventually get to heaven. Don’t believe them.

William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army and a man who dedicated his life to lifting the poor out of sin and poverty, reportedly made this statement: “Most Christian organizations would like to send their workers to Bible college for five years. I would like to send our workers to hell for five minutes. That would prepare them for a lifetime of compassionate ministry.”

Booth never suggested that the desperate people he served were “already in hell.” He believed in a real, eternal hell, and it drove him to rescue people from both their current plight and future perdition.

Shortly before his death in 1912, Booth warned prophetically that he saw coming to the church “forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration … a heaven without a hell.”

In today’s theological fog, his ominous caveat is unfolding. Even some who claim to believe the Bible are having second thoughts about eternal judgment, and others have rejected the notion of judgment altogether. The name usually given this teaching is Universalism.

Universalism basically is the belief that all people will be saved. Jesus’ death and resurrection will automatically, or at least eventually, save the whole human race. Personal repentance and faith in
Christ are not necessary for going to heaven. The Christian mission is reduced to announcing to people the “good news” that they are already saved.

But does Scripture teach that everyone will be saved? There is overwhelming biblical evidence to the contrary.

I’d like to offer 24 reasons to reject Universalism. You may be able to add a few of your own.

1. Jesus made both repentance and faith prerequisites for forgiveness. “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3, NKJV). “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15).

2. The “water of life” is offered to all, but not all receive it or even desire it. “Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely” (Rev. 22:17).

3. Scripture teaches that there will be a judgment after death. “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Heb. 9:27).

4. Those who have not had a true conversion will experience a judgment for sin that the Bible describes as “the second death.” “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Rev. 21:8).

5. Contrary to Universalist beliefs, Jesus’ teaching indicates that most of humanity is on a broad path that leads to destruction. “‘Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, “Lord, Lord, open for us,” and He will answer and say to you, “I do not know you, where you are from. … Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity”‘” (Luke 13:24-27).

6. Jesus spoke often of a terrible place of judgment for those outside His kingdom rule. “‘The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth'” (Matt. 13:41-42).

7. The Bible teaches both the love of God and His sure judgment of sin. Trusting in Christ’s payment for our sins saves us from this coming judgment. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him” (Rom. 5:8-9).

8. In one of the most loving verses in the Bible, Jesus issues eternal options. “‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life'” (John 3:16).

9. Scripture teaches that there is unending, eternal judgment for those who do not know God and who do not respond in faith to the gospel. “The Lord Jesus [will be] revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power” (2 Thess. 1:7-9).

10. Jesus emphatically taught that a spiritual birth is essential to entering the kingdom of heaven. “‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God'” (John 3:3).

11. In answer to a very clear question about what is necessary for salvation, Paul gave a very clear answer: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts. 16:31).

12. Jesus gave no indication that many roads lead to God. He forcefully stated that He was the only way. “‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me'” (John 14:6).

13. The early preachers of the church clearly preached that Jesus is the only way to salvation. “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12; see also 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 2:3-4; 1 Pet. 1:3-5).

14. According to Scripture, only those who receive Jesus Christ and believe in Him are children of God. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).

15. The gospel is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Rom. 1:16; see also 10:9).

16. Rather than teaching that those without faith in Christ are already saved, the Bible teaches that they are already under judgment. Faith in Christ brings us out of condemnation and into right relationship with God. “‘He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God'” (John 3:18).

17. Only those whose names are in the Lamb’s Book of Life are granted access into the eternal city of God. “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” (Rev. 20:15; see also 21:27).

18. People are not automatically righteous. Only when we declare faith in Jesus Christ does God declare us righteous in His sight. “But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness” (Rom. 4:5).

19. Eternal life comes only through a relationship with God. We cannot know the Father unless we know the Son. “‘And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent'” (John 17:3).

20. The cross of Christ is where payment for our sins was made. Only when we believe this are we saved. “‘And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up [on a cross], that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life'” (John 3:14-15).

21. Only those who have the Son of God have eternal life. “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:11-12).

In addition to these verses, the story of Cornelius in Acts 10 and 11 provides hard evidence against Universalism. Cornelius was devout, prayed often, gave generously to the poor and even received an angelic visitation. Yet God went to great lengths to get the gospel to him so he could come to know Jesus and be saved.

22. Added to the avalanche of scriptural evidence, there are also practical reasons for rejecting Universalism. History teaches that acceding to Universalism sets the church on a slippery slide toward theological liberalism. Soon all confidence in Scripture is lost and the uniqueness of the Christian gospel evaporates.

23. If we embrace Universalism, there is no urgency to evangelize or imperative to do missions. In fact, evangelism and missions would have to be redefined. We need look no further than most of the mainline denominations to see what happens to evangelism when Universalism is prevalent.

24. If Universalism is finally proved right, nothing will have been lost by our continued urgency in winning people to faith in Christ. But if it is false and we embrace it, then everything will be forever lost–including people who do not know Christ.

Unbroken Hearts

It needs to be said clearly that God’s character is not on trial. The judge of all the earth will do what is right (see Gen. 18:25). Our faith is on trial. Our hearts are on trial. But God is not on trial. Whatever judgment He makes regarding those who have not responded to the gospel will be executed according to His standards of equally perfect righteousness and love.

When we ponder God’s mercy, this whole issue is inverted. Because God is perfectly holy, the wonder is not that some will be lost. The greater wonder is that anyone from rebellious humanity will be saved! Only Christ’s work on the cross could reconcile us to God.

God has put down the most massive roadblock possible to stop humanity’s mad rush toward hell. He sent His Son. God intervened personally through Christ. His sacrifice on the cross paid the penalty for our sins. This is the good news for all who will believe and receive Him.

Espousing Universalism is sad. But rejecting it with no impact on our hearts or change in our priorities is sinister. If we believe that people are lost outside of Christ (and they are), and that faith in
Christ is the only way of salvation (and it is), what could possibly be a higher priority than getting the gospel as far as we can as fast as we can?

To pronounce people “saved” who are obviously enslaved by darkness, deception and the devil is surely the cruelest of jokes. We are sent to a lost world with a gospel of power. Our message gives the spiritually blind their sight and liberates those who are chained by Satan. We do not preach that people are forgiven but that they can be forgiven.

I would not want to stand before Jesus Christ as a Universalist. But neither would I want to stand before the Lord as an evangelical who was not evangelistic. What a serious accounting must await us if we believe in eternal torment for those without faith in Christ–and yet do nothing! A recovery of biblical truth and compassionate evangelism are the twin screaming needs of the American church.

The apostle Paul said he would be willing to give up his place in Christ if by such a sacrifice others would be saved (see Rom. 9:2-3). He believed all people outside Christ were lost, and it left him with a broken heart.

More than encroaching Universalism, it is our unbroken hearts that often impede evangelism. Many Christians today have never even heard of “a burden for the lost.” The harvest is huge and ready to be reaped by those who are willing to sow first in tears (see Ps. 126:5-6). Right theology will only indict us if we do not recapture the evangelistic imperative. We must believe the truth, and we must act on what we believe. Let’s not just reject faulty theology; let’s embrace those who need Jesus.

David Shibley is president of Global Advance, a ministry that provides training and resources for thousands of pastors in developing nations.

The above article, “24 Reasons Why Hell Is Real,” is written by David Shibley. The article was excerpted from www.chrismamag.com website, January 2013.

This material is most likely copyrighted and should not be reprinted under any other name or author. However, this material may be freely used for personal study or research purposes.

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I Have Seen Hell

I HAVE SEEN HELL
BY LORNE F. FOX

Some people do not believe there is a literal hell. I do. I believe it, first, because the Bible emphatically teaches that there is: and second, because of a tremendous. miraculous experience which God brought to my heart, and which I cannot deny.

As I lay prostrate on my back for over three hours, the Lord gave me a vision. It shook and stirred me to see some of the glories of Heaven: and then He allowed me to see some of the horrors and awfulness of Hell.

I did not die–I want that dearly understood. I simply fell into
a trance. as did the apostle Peter (Acts 10:10). I am not a person given to dreams and visions, but that day God portrayed the awful reality of hell before my mind in such a way that I never can forget it.

I saw pictured before me the soul of an unsaved man going into eternity at the same time of his physical death. That soul left its mortal tabernacle, the earthly body, and moved out of the sick room, and into space. It began to descend. Down, down, down it went into the lower regions, and everything grew dark. Soon it was so black that one could not see an inch away from his eyes, though he had the keenest eyesight. But, still, the motion or sensation of descending continued, and after awhile there began to appear. faintly at first, weird,
fantastic lights and shadows. It was like a flickering firelight, which gradually grew brighter and brighter.

The atmosphere, which had been warm, suddenly became stifling hot and almost unbearable, and the descent ceased for a little time. From the lower regions there ascended a weird–looking creature that had been sent evidently to guide that lost soul on the remainder of the journey to the lower kingdom. Together the lost soul and the strange creature continued the descent: and at a short distance I was permitted, in vision, to descend and watch again.

Far below us, by this time, things began to take on definite
shape. There appeared, far below, a great glowing orb. That was the source of the flickering firelight I had seen. It became larger and larger, as we came nearer, until ultimately it was so huge, a person couldn’t begin to see around it. All one could see was a small portion lying within his vision. I want to say this’ That huge orb was covered with flames of literal fire– no, I think I would be more accurate if I said liquid fire: for that is as it appeared, Tongues of liquid fire covered every portion of that orb, and licked to the tongue of flame at its top. Finally the descent ceased, as we came right up against this great orb, or close to it. There was evidence of a fierce struggle, for a moment or two, between that lost soul and the weird conductor that had come for him. Then, suddenly, with a wild shriek, that soul was plummeted head-long into the wall of flame. Then everything was silent, except for the licking of the flames of fire.

Suddenly a weird sensation passed over me. A messenger sent from the Lord stood by my side and said, “Be not afraid. I have been sent of the Lord to sustain and strengthen you.” Then the weird, strange sensation passed through my very being, and suddenly I felt myself plummeted headlong through that fire. It did not burn or hurt. In an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, I found myself in another realm. It was like being in another world. And in that world I heard the shrieks and groans of souls by the countless thousands. I heard ironical, sarcastic laughter. I heard weeping and wailing; I heard cries and curses. Instinctively, before my heavenly conductor told me. I knew I was in the regions of the lost, the place that we speak of as hell. Let me pause long enough to say this I believe in literal hell fire, because the Bible says it is literal: and also because I’ve seen it. I know that it exists. Not only will the souls of lost men and women be tormented eternally by literal fire, but they will also be tormented by the sins and vices that caused them to be lost. For I discovered, as my guide conductor led me through the various caverns and corridors, that hell was divided into sections.

Over yonder I saw the greatest gambling games that could ever be imagined. I shuddered. There were devices of gambling which I am sure have never been perpetrated on the face of the earth. There were great piles of gold and silver and precious gems: and these lost souls were gambling with them. They gambled furiously. Every time they touched the
devices, and the money, it burned, and they drew back: and yet some irresistible force drove them to gamble again. They loathed it, they hated it, they wanted to get away from it, but they couldn’t. They were held to the spot as by some magnetic force.

Not long ago, when we were traveling to Boise, Idaho, I had a
strange experience. We read signs along the highway advertising a certain gambling place in Reno, Nevada. We stopped in Reno for just a few moments, and I said, “I want to go in that gambling place and see just what goes on.” It was evening time. We stepped inside and walked through some of the corridors. Hundreds of people were engaged in gambling of every form. Suddenly my blood chilled. I turned to my wife
and said, oh, please, let’s get out of here. I’ve seen this place
before, and I don’t want to stay around it. We went outdoors, and it was so good to get a breath of fresh air again. I had seen something just like that, only worse, in the realms of the lost!

In another section of hell I saw an eternal dancing party going
on. As I came close, and looked into the faces of those lost souls, my heart pitied them with a great pity: for they were so utterly, abjectly weary and tired. They pleaded and said. “Oh, can’t we stop for just a moment?” But there was no stopping. The eternal dance went on and on, just like some great churning caldron. I never spend much time preaching against worldly amusements, for I believe that, when people
really get saved, the Lord will take the desire for such things out of their hearts. But I’m going to pause long enough to say this: The modern dance hall is one of the devil’s biggest trap doors leading directly into hell.

In another place an eternal drinking party was going on. I have witnessed some scenes of drunken debauchery in this life that have been hideous, but nothing to compare to the wild, drunken orgies that go on eternally in hell. They can t stop it. That thing, that took them to hell, torments them continually throughout all eternity.

In another place in hell, I saw the most rank, rawest form of
fear that ever existed. We have never seen anything like it on the face of the earth. Every time there was a cry, a shriek, a groan, or any other sound, anytime the cracking of the flames of hell could be heard, these poor, abjectly fearful people darted back into the shadows, trembling, horrified. And I saw more people in that classification in all the other combined! These, the messenger, who was with me, said were the millions of people who were too fearful to publicly and openly
confess Jesus Christ. Their fears had taken them to hell: fear of their families, fear of their parents, fear of wife or husband, fear of friends or business colleagues, fear of this or that kind. There they were lost, filled with an abject fear that tantalized them, as the flames of hell burned endlessly on.

Last of all, you may be shocked when I tell you that I also
witnessed a form of religion in hell. The music that went with it was enough to make a man tear his hair. You talk about a minor music, but you never heard anything like this. It was the worst kind of funeral dirge that grinds into the bones, even into the marrow of the bones. Religion! No worship of God, but a form of religion. And, as I looked at these multitudes, I was told by my messenger that these were the ones who once had a form of religion but who denied the power of the
gospel.

Friend, only the blood of Jesus, applied by faith to the heart,
can save a man or woman from being eternally lost. People in hell were screaming for release everywhere, but there was no help: for they had ignored the blood which alone has power to save. None escaped! That wall of fire that covered the great sphere seemed to be an eternal barrier through which a lost soul could never pass, once it had penetrated the flames at the time of physical death.

Oh, I wish I had the power to make hell as real to you, my
friends, as God made it to me. I would give anything if I could help you to realize how awful it is. It is ten thousand times more horrible than I can describe. Are you saved and on your way to Heaven? Or, are you bound for Hell?

If you have not accepted Christ as your personal Saviour, please do it now. Tomorrow may be too late. God is calling you. He has said, “My Spirit shall not always strive with man.” but He is striving with you now. I beg’ you, from the depths of my heart, turn to the Lord while you have the desire and opportunity: Seek ye the Lord while He may be found.” I have seen hell. I don’t want you to see it.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal
life through Jesus Christ our Lord,” Romans 6:23. Repent ye and believe the gospel:

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Why Didn’t Someone Tell Me

WHY DIDN’T SOMEONE TELL ME?
AUTHOR UNKNOWN

Why didn’t someone tell me? Why didn’t you warn me, if you knew hell was a real place and that judgment day was surely coming?

Oh! Why, Why? I might have escaped the damnation of hell. If you only would have warned me!

Yes, I could have rejected you at first in my ignorance, but if you would have been persistent in your love for my soul, my eyes, that were blinded, might have been opened to the truth and the awful need of my soul’s salvation.

If you knew about the soon coming doom and that great gruesome day of reckoning for every sinner, why were you so slow to warn me to repent? Why you seemed to be so indifferent toward my lost condition? Oh! Why! Why!

If you really believed there was heaven to gain and hell to shun for every soul that ever lived on the face of this earth, including mine, why didn’t you put it down strong enough to me to count the cost to be lost? Why didn’t you put it down in black arid white so I could see from God’s eternal Word where my miserable life would lead me to?

Why didn’t you tell me before it was eternally too late? Why? Oh, where will I spend eternity? How can I endure agonies of torment of hellfire and brimstone? How can I endure all this, being separated from God forever without the slightest hope of ever having a chance for reconciliation. All hope of repentance gone forever, gone in the way of no return! It’s too late now, eternally too late!

This will be the accusation for many on that day. Many shall rise up in judgment with a finger of accusation against so-called Christians.

Sinner friend, backslider, lukewarm Christian, ponder the words of this warning. Take them to your heart with deadly seriousness. Repent! Get right with God! Call upon His name while He hears, seek Him while He is near! The day is coming when they shall seek Him early, but will not find Him. They will call, but He will not answer (Proverbs 1:28).

“When 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” (Ezekiel 3:18).

A VISION OF HELL

The vision of a real Bible hell that follows is a stirring experience to saints and to help sinners to seek God and His saving grace before it’s eternally too late.

On the night of November 20 some years ago, after having been near death for three days, I was permitted to see a few of the many awful horrors of hell. Oh, hell is a fearful place.

It seemed I was going down a steep hill and my guide said, “Look.” As I looked. oh, horror of horrors, there was an ocean of fire with many people in it, a few of whom I knew, As far as I could see there were fire and people. The fire I have been accustomed to seeing, doesn’t look horrible or as hot as that awful fire did. It was so hot there was a vapor looking a little like steam, everywhere. Oh. the misery and suffering. Words utterly fail- me to give an idea of what I saw and heard.

Some of the people were crying, some groaning the most pitiful groans, and begging for water! Water! Some were pulling their hair; some gnashing with their teeth; some biting their hands and arms. Such a sight is impossible for me to describe. One I knew was a young man, formerly a schoolmate of mine. His mother was my Sunday school teacher and we all thought her to be a Christian. He raised up and said, “Mamma is here too.” At this time I did not know that either this boy or his mother were dead, but I have, since learned that they had been killed in an automobile accident. There were others I knew who had died as they had lived-in deep sin. There was a woman who cursed, and when she saw it did no good she groaned and said, “That used to ease my temper, but it doesn’t anymore.”

Another standing near said, ‘Well, we had our own choice.”

But she answered, “NO, WE DIDN’T. THE PREACHERS DIDN’T TELL US HOW AWFUL HELL IS. THEY TOLD US HOW JOYFUL HEAVEN IS, BUT I THOUGHT I WAS HAVING JOY ENOUGH ON EARTH. IF THEY HAD TOLD ME ABOUT HELL. I MIGHT NOT HAVE COME HERE.”

Another picked up fire with her hands and filled her mouth with it, and groaned and blew fire from her mouth for four or five feet, and it came close enough to me for me to feel the heat of it. Then she cried, ‘Water! water!,” but none was given her.

Then my guide asked, “Do you want to go on?”

I said, “No, I want to go back. I want to never see this awful place of torment again.” it makes me shudder now to think of that awful place of misery and suffering called hell. No one can possibly imagine how awful hell is.

“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (Matthew 24:12).

We live in the last days. Sin abounds and Satan is on the rampage, knowing he has a short time. As a result, many have lost their vision and many have lost their first love. This is a terrible and sad fact
today, right in the face of all strong evidence of the soon coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Why was the precious blood of Jesus shed on the Cross of Calvary? Why? Tell them.

Pastor George Ordinec

“Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Rev. 20:15).

“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7).

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