In this message, we want to address some critically crucial questions such as: What is hell like? And likewise, what is heaven like? Who goes to hell and who goes to heaven? Friend, according to the Bible, I must tell you that there is a hell. And hell is not just a figment of imagination, or symbolic, but a real, literal place. There are many people in hell right now. If they could, they would rise from the dead to tell you not to go there. The thing is, the Bible says that even if they were to rise from the dead to warn us against going to hell, we would not necessarily believe. Why? We have prophets, we have preachers, we have the Bible, the Word of God. If we don't believe in the message of salvation in Jesus Christ, who paid sin's price on the Cross of Calvary, that through Him, there is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun, we would not believe even if our loved ones or friends who are dead, comes back to life to warn us to flee from the wrath and fury of hell. The Good News is, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16); "Jesus saith unto [you], I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6); and "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation" (Romans 10:9-10). Our goodness fall short of the glory of God. What we consider good is filthy rags in the sight of God because God's standard of holiness is way far higher than what we can comprehend. We cannot do anything to gain eternal life. Being religious, charitable or performing good works will not get us to heaven. Only by confession of sin and faith in Christ can we be made righteous. I pray that you will embrace the gospel of "Jesus Christ and Him crucified" if you have not already done so. The invitation is for you to trust in the Lamb who taketh away the sin of the world! Will you submit to the Saviour's bidding and come now? Praise the Lord!
Will You Be Glad In Heaven Or Sad And Mad In Hell? Part 2
To Be And Not To Be: Be Separated, Not Isolated
We are called to be in the world, but not of the world. Yes, we continue to live and work on this earth, but we are not to be influenced by the spirit and system of the world. In other words, we are not to seclude ourselves in some isolated communities, unless God has specifically called as such. We cannot escape the bombardment of the culture in our society, which is often ungodly. Yet, we are called to be set apart, reflect Biblical values, to live and shine as lights in the world. When we are born of the Spirit and produce the fruits of the Spirit, we will face hostility from people who are in the flesh. When they are antagonistic toward God, they will hate His children too. This is the age-old conflict between the flesh and the Spirit. Sometimes, even the religious people oppose those of us who walk in the Spirit. Just as the Pharisees hated Christ, sadly, the apostate and backslidden church also hinders and rejects those who are following the Lord. In the Bible, “Egypt” is a type of the world. It looks attractive but it is not the Promised land. Consider the faith and life of Moses, who is an example for us. He could have stayed in Egypt, but have chosen to renounce Egypt. We need God’s protection. We must live by the Word. We do not compromise by using worldly methods to reach out to the lost. What I am going to say will be controversial. I say it not with joy but with grief and burden. In some churches, they are using worldly music, and in other cases, so-called modern contemporary Christian rock music to try to reach out to the lost. Now, I am not judging the motives of these artists and musicians. They may be sincere but such methods are foolish and fleshly! They try to be seeker sensitive to the crowds but they may grieve and quench the Holy Spirit! The gospel of Jesus Christ must be preached under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. When the Spirit moves, it will convict hearts of “sin, righteousness and judgment!” We don’t win the drug addicts by taking drugs. We don’t win the gamblers by gambling. Jesus is a friend of tax collectors and sinners, but He does not adopt their lifestyles or incorporate the ways of the world! We need a supernatural transformation of our mind and spirit! The world likes to boast and display outward expressions of success. For Christians, it is the renewing of our inner heart that is true worship. Our thoughts, words, behaviours and habits are not to please men, but to honour and glorify the Lord! God is our supreme interest and affections in our daily life! May our lives conform to the Word of God, and our hearts transformed by the Spirit of God!
To Be And Not To Be: Be Contented, Not Complacent
We can and should be contented with what we have materially. We are thankful for the blessings of food, clothing and shelter. However, spiritually, we ought to be discontent and dissatisfied, if we have left our first love for the Lord, if there is no desire to grow closer to Him. We should never be complacent, indifferent and lukewarm to the things of God. Do not be satisfied with going through the motions of the Christian life as usual. We need to wake up from apathy and lethargy, be hungry for the Word and thirst for a close and vital relationship with God. We need more of Jesus, more of His grace and glory in our lives! Do we seek His face constantly? If I can illustrate, when we come before His Presence, do we in essence, stand at the outer court, or draw nearer to the inner court, or move into the innermost place of the Holy of Holies? Put it in another way, in today’s context, when we come to church, do we have a mentality of being an audience, “Let the worship leader and the preacher minister to my needs!” Or do we desire to worship the Father in spirit and truth, and encounter Him in a real and intimate way, in the beauty and splendour of His holiness? Often, the Church equates material wealth with spiritual blessings! Now, in 1 Timothy 6:6, it does not say “gain is godliness” but “godliness with contentment is great gain”. We can be materially wealthy, yet be in spiritual poverty! There are dangers in coveting riches. It is the love of money – not money itself – that is the root of all evil. Greed is deceitful, especially when the poor are being exploited. Often, accumulating wealth causes selfishness and pride, and destroys relationships with others. Character and values are compromised when we focus on possessions, and not God. The passion and lusts for self-gain will wreck the mind and body, and eventually ruin the soul. Our fulfilment, identity and destiny is in Christ, not our position or possessions. We believe that God wants to bless His children, in order that we can be a blessing to others. Do we bless our brothers and sisters who are in need? Most importantly, are we generous with giving to the work of God, in fulfilling the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ! Let us eagerly and earnestly pursue, “righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:11-12).
To Be And Not To Be: Be Childlike, Not Childish
In this world, many think of greatness as having wealth, power and position. The spirit of pride, personal ambition and self-importance consumes many. In God’s Kingdom, the qualification for greatness is opposite of the standard of the world. Look at children. They are dependent on their parents or guardians. They are generally humble, without lust for money, power and fame. As Christians, while we are to grow in grace and the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, we must never become self-righteous and self-sufficient. While we are to become spiritually mature and put away childish words and thoughts, we must remain childlike in our faith and trust in Christ. We need to humble ourselves before God, recognizing that we are nothing without Him. Pride hinders many unbelievers from entering the Kingdom of God. Even after becoming Christians, we need to guard ourselves against moral and spiritual pride. In particularly, if we have great knowledge of God’s Word, or that God is using us mightily. We move in the gifts of the Spirit, we see signs and wonders in our lives and ministries. Casting out demons and moving in the gifts of the Spirit are wonderful, and are important as we exercise delegated authority in Jesus name. Yet, the salvation of souls and seeing them entering the Kingdom of God should be our greatest joy.