Never let anyone tell you that God won’t send anyone to hell.
A cover of a past U.S. News and World Report boldly proclaimed that hell was “out of fashion” and that “modern thinking” says there is no longer a place of torment. Really?
Can you believe a national magazine would actually print an article that says hell is not politically correct?! Even worse, clergyman after clergyman agreed. But we’ll leave that for another day.
The Bible says that God is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. —Hebrews 13:8
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” —Exodus 3:14
He never changes. Nor do His words. Jesus described hell as a place whose inhabitants are alive, in the dark, and in tremendous pain.
- . . . the fiery hell —Matthew 5:22
- soul and body in hell —Matthew 10:28
- the unquenchable fire —Matthew 9:43
- . . . outer darkness . . . weeping and gnashing of teeth —Matthew 22:13
- . . . how shall you escape the sentence of hell? —Matthew 23:33
- . . . sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. —Rom. 5:21
Dear Compass, (Regarding the verses about Christians drinking wine)
With all respect to you, I believe that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and I would be defiling it with the use of alcoholic beverages. I therefore also believe that greater is He [Jesus] that is in me than he [Satan] that is in the world. The world offers so many temptations and seductions like alcohol. Should we give Satan such a “green light?” Think carefully about this, it is the urging of the Holy Spirit that I respond to you. I appreciate your work, but please be careful in justifying the drinking of alcohol.
The key word in your statement is “I”, as in “I believe . . .”, “I would be defiling”, etc. We listed the scriptures that showed drinking was not a sin unless you were causing a brother to stumble, and even those that encouraged drinking in certain cases.
In response, you did not show us scripture that we missed or violated, but instead just gave us your opinion. Therefore, if you think it is wrong, that’s ok, but it’s between you and God only:
. . . nothing is unclean in itself; to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. —Romans 14:14
But we don’t believe we should tell someone that drinking wine is wrong in all cases. It’s simply not taught in the Bible. That would be adding rules that are not in the Bible.
But the main thing to realize is that Jesus drank fermented wine, so it’s certainly not a sin.
The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, “Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!” —Luke 7:34
And He says He’ll drink it again with us when He returns!
Truly I say to you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God. —Mark 14:25
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