Go to Hell!

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How many times have you said this to someone? Well, as a Christian I hope you would never say this to someone, but as a Christian how many times do you say this to people in act or in deed? I’d say we all do this more times than we can imagine. I actually shudder to think how many times I do this.

Just recently a man died. His name was Jack. Jack woke up not knowing this day would be his last. I’m sure he had a lot of things on his to-do list that day and I’m certain he expected he’d accomplish all, if not most of his tasks. I didn’t know Jack; in fact, I know almost nothing about Jack except that he was in his forties. I’m sure he was a family man with a wife and kids. Maybe he was a church going man, I’m not sure. Maybe he wasn’t.

The thing is it’s possible I’ve talked to Jack at some point in my life and I wonder if in that encounter I told him about Jesus? I wonder if I told him that there is a Holy God that we will give account of our lives. I wonder if I told him that we’ve all sinned and fallen short of This God’s glory, and because of that problem justice must be served.

We are all guilty criminals; guilty of the most heinous of all crimes, against an infinitely Holy God. That God has given us life and everything good that we experience on this earth and we really have no thoughts of Him and we certainly don’t care to thank Him or honor Him. No, we just go along in our daily endeavors rarely thinking, if ever thinking, that this day might be our last, that today will be the day that we must stand in His courtroom and tell of all our deeds.

This courtroom has a much higher level of strictness and judgment than any earthly courtroom could have. In fact it is so strict that it requires perfection or we will be found guilty. In this courtroom anger is considered murder, in this courtroom looking with lust, or sexual desire is the same as adultery.

I don’t know if Jack knew that or not? I’m sure there will be a funeral where a minister will say a lot of nice things about Jack. How he was a good father, a good husband and probably a “good” man. But I wonder if that minister will remind those people that today or tomorrow could be the day they will face the judge?

Today I wonder if you or I, Mr. and Mrs. Christian, will tell people that today could be the day that they will face the judge. Will we tell them that He is a righteous judge, and that He is angry with the wicked every day? That if they don’t turn from their sin, and place their trust in Christ Jesus as their only hope that they will spend an eternity in a place called Hell, the place where God punishes guilty sinners just like I was, or just like you were?

Do we tell the guilty sinner that the only hope they have is in Christ? Not their own goodness?

Or do we really tell them to “Go to Hell!” I don’t want to take the time… I don’t want to risk the embarrassment…   I don’t want to risk the rejection… I don’t want to risk being labeled a freak…

In other words, you just don’t care about their soul. In other words, I don’t care about their soul.

If we believe the Bible, and I expect most reading this post will say they do, did we forget the imperative command of the Lord Jesus Christ, when He said “Go” and make disciples, teaching them to obey My commands? (Matthew 28:18-20) Did we also forget He said He would be with us, as we did it?

Did we forget that He said the first and greatest command is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind and the second commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself?  Loving our neighbor certainly includes calling them to repentance doesn’t it?

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.” – Ezekiel 3:17-19

My dear friends, if your evangelistic zeal is non-existent, or seriously lacking, please consider your testimony today. Do you really love people, or do you just love yourself? Do you prefer to protect yourself, or do you really desire to live for the glory of God?

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. – Luke 9:24

Let’s consider today, how many Jack’s we will pass by and tell them to “Go to Hell!”

 

Kevin

 

I met Pastor Craig…

I met Pastor Craig Houston on September 29th, 2012.  Well… I sort of met him, I had sent the general mailbox at his church an email looking for some information on churches in the Seattle area and he wrote me back.  I was impressed by the tone of the email.  You can tell when someone has genuine intentions by how they write.  I didn’t seem to be an annoyance and I’m a chatty sort of fella when it comes to email.  I always seem to want to get the last word, even if it’s a “thank you”.

In the past month I’ve continued to communicate with Pastor Craig and we’ve had a dialogue going about churches on the east side that I could recommend to my friends.  I have greatly appreciated his willingness to help.  I can tell that if we actually sat down together we’d have great conversation because we share a passion for Christ and the gospel.  We are like minded in our pursuits.

I had been invited to attend a conference at the end of October and decided my work schedule was too busy to go, but I noticed Pastor Craig was on the speakers list.  This week I wanted to send him a note of encouragement.

Philippians 1:3-4 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now.

A group from Grace Fellowship Church was going to be attending and I had hoped I could meet him again through my Brothers and Sisters.  It looked to be a great time with a talented list of speakers.  In his typical fashion Pastor Craig wrote me back and thanked me for my encouragement and shared with me that he would be unable to attend.  It seems God had purposed something else and his daughter Anna had been diagnosed with Leukemia.  Anna is 16 years old.  In all, the Houston’s have 11 beautiful children.

I asked Pastor Craig how I could pray for him, and here was his response.

Our God is faithful and makes no mistakes. Pray that I will be able to lead my wife and children with steadfastness, compassion and strength during the season ahead – Grace and Peace

Brothers and Sisters we serve an Awesome God and He promises to work everything to the good for those that love Him.  We can trust that promise, but He never promised an easy road and He never promised perfect health to those that love Him.

Today I want to ask you a very challenging question.

Can you say, with confidence, God makes no mistakes?

I can when it’s Pastor Craig’s daughter.  It’s easy for me to Praise God’s name when it’s someone else.  I have to dig deep when I think about it being Grace, Madeline or Lydia.  What if God asks you to give Him back your child?  Do you only serve Him when your life is going well and your kids are healthy or can you begin to comprehend a trial like this?

In the easy times and the hard times, Believer, you must cling to Him because there really is nothing else that matters.  I look forward to hearing the testimonies that will come from Anna’s life and there will be many.  I know that the good news will be preached and lives will be changed, and that is a life that glorifies the One that is worthy.

2 Timothy 1:7-10 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

Here is a link to Pastor Craig’s blog and you can read the story of Anna.

http://www.soundpulpit.com/my-sweet-anna-has-cancer

Here is Emily Houston’s blog which provides some great information about what is going on.

http://www.emiliesposts.blogspot.com/

Please join me in praying for the Houston family and that Pastor Craig can continue to lead his family in steadfastness, compassion and strength.  I for one have already benefitted greatly from this and I trust you will as well.

In Christ,

Kevin