There are times that frustration sets in, but in a moment I realize ‘this is really NOT about me.’ This is really about people refusing the truth concerning the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The real issue is the narrative people wish to believe, the narrative that is far different from what Jesus teaches in His Word. We must not forget this, “If you continue to follow my teaching, you are really my disciples and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 NET2. In order to be His disciple a person MUST follow His teachings. Anyone who follows another teaching that is denial of what He teaches is already condemned. “The one who believes in him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.” John 3:18. One must follow the Christ without question, “The man replied, “I have wholeheartedly obeyed all these laws since my youth.” When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Luke 18:21-23. The point being is simple, in order to go to Heaven people must follow Jesus, no matter the cost. It is not about becoming poor or giving away everything, the narrative is about following Jesus. Chirstians do not do good in order to follow Jesus, they do good works BECAUSE they follow Jesus. “For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are his creative work, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we can do them.” Ephesians 2:8-10.
Everyone who disagrees with the Word of God will not have their names written in the Book of Life and if names are missing from the Book of Life? “Then I saw a large white throne and the one who was seated on it; the earth and the heaven fled from his presence, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. Then books were opened, and another book was opened—the book of life. So the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death—the lake of fire. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, that person was thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:11-15.
Many have become angry with me because I have said something like this, “You will go to Hell if you do not believe in the Son of God for salvation.” Others have asked, “How can you tell someone they are going to Hell?” My response is something like this, “The Bible says so.”
“Now the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. And in Hades, as he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his side. So he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue because I am in anguish in this fire.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus likewise bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish.” Luke 16:22-25.
The Word of God is a simple book to read and to understand, but hearts of lost people are cold, hard and distant from the truth found therein. These people are in darkness and cannot understand the Light. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.” John 1:1-5.
Sadly there are those who stand to teach the Word of God, but refuse to proclaim the ‘whole counsel of God,’ “Because people are weary of being told they are lost and going to Hell, and I want to give them relief from condemnation.” The truth of the matter is simple one cannot drink unless they first come to the Master and if they do not first come to Him they remain in darkness. “ Jesus replied, “Everyone who drinks some of this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks some of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again, but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up to eternal life.” What more can I say?
Jesus is Lord.