The Reality of Hell
There was once a preacher by the name of Peter Cartwright. One morning before Cartwright was to preach, he was told that General Andrew Jackson was going to be in the service and was asked not to say anything to offend him.
When Cartwright got up to preach, he said: "I am told that General Andrew Jackson is in the congregation. Andrew Jackson will go to hell if he does not commit his life to Jesus Christ."
People were aghast. But after the service was over, Jackson approached Cartwright and shook his hand, saying, "If I had 100 men like you in my regiment, I could take on the world."
Satan does not want to hear preachers talking about the lake of fire. He does not want people to be told that unless they repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, they will spend eternity in hell with Satan.
In Matthew 25:41, Jesus teaches about the reality of hell. He warns that hell is an eternal separation from God. It is a place of impenetrable darkness, uninterrupted pain, and unquenchable fire. He also warns that those who reject Him will spend eternity there.
The lake of fire was created by God to be the eternal destination of Satan and his fallen angels. When Adam sinned against God, his destiny changed, along with the destiny of mankind. However, the Lord, in His infinite grace, provided a sacrifice for Adam's sin.
Today, through Christ, God has provided a way for our sins to be eradicated. When you confess your sin and accept Him as your Lord and Savior, your eternal destination changes from hell to heaven. Rejoice in the Lord, for He has been good to you.
Prayer: Lord, give me the courage to be bold on Your behalf, that I may speak of Your saving grace that has brought me out of the depths of sin. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called" (1 Timothy 6:12).
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