Let's chat about hell

Let's chat about hell

Please note: When I reference baptism of fire in this blog post/video I mean baptism of the Holy Spirit, please do not allow anyone to burn you in/with physical fire.

There are two reasons I am cautious when speaking about hell.

The first reason is because I don't want to make the topic of hell the center of my teaching
  • If you are a born-again believer, and you are being led by the Holy Spirit, and are in God's plan for your life, hell should not be spoken of as much as we speak about the good news about Jesus and the Kingdom of God. Jesus did not tell us to go into the world and preach the good news about hell [note, there is no good news about hell, other than satan's condemnation]. Rather, he told us to go into the world and preach the good news about the Kingdom of God. Some people, like how I used to be, talk about hell so much out of fear. When I was like that I didn't know what to do or how to be after having a NDE, I was trying to warn people but not biblically. Preaching hell doesn't bring people to Jesus. In the 90's pastors preached hell into people and it didn't create the change that Jesus want. It made people change with self-effort for a short-period of time and after trying and failing, they would either be religious, or be a backslider.
The second reason is because I don't want to not talk about it, just because it makes people feel uncomfortable.
  • Just because we ignore the subject of hell due to uncomfortableness doesn't make hell less real. The reason we speak about hell is to snatch people from the fire, as Jude tells us to do in Jude 1:23. If a person does not know their authority, and identity in Jesus Christ, or know if they've were born again [which is an identity issue] then they will fear anything hell, demon related.In 2 Timothy 1:7 Jesus tells us that for God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
I've said this to say that I speaking to you about hell because heal exist, but it is nothing to be fearful of, if you are a born-again believer and are being led by the Holy Spirit. The word of God says in Romans 8:14 that those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons/daughters of God. Note: God has given mankind free will, the Holy Spirit cannot force us to be obedient and not turn away. We have the right to choose!
 Scriptures: Ezekiel 28:11-19 Revelation 12:7-9 Genesis 3:14 Genesis 6:1-5 Matthew 25:41 Luke 16:19-31 Matthew 27:51-56

Near Death Experience (NDE):

    Why OSAS doesn't make biblical sense
    According from what I know in scripture, once saved always saved does not make biblical sense. There are Christians who go to church and think they can sin without repentance because in Ephesians 2:8, Paul says that we are saved by grace through faith. These same people don't stop to read the 7 verses before that verse in Ephesians 2:8 and the 1 verse afterwards it in Ephesians 2:1-9 which reads "As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time,gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.  But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace,expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

    In regards to OSAS some pastors say that grace is a free gift of God as quoted from Ephesians 2:8, and that once a gift is given from God to us according to Romans 11:29 that it is irrevocable [not able to be changed, reversed, or recovered; final]. If that is their reasoning for OSAS then it still doesn't make biblical sense. If I purchased my mom shoes for her birthday, at the moment that I give the gift to her she has to decide if she will accept it and actually use the gift or if she will exchange it for something else. So when pastors partially give biblical context regarding Romans 2:8, they are not outlining the meaning behind why Paul said what he said in Romans 11:29. For clarification, in Romans 11 Paul was speaking about Israel still being the chosen branch and that although they fell into disobedience, if they repent they will be still chosen. What Paul did not say was that Israel was God's chosen people, they fell into disobedience and they are still in disobedience, and are going to go to heaven. We know this because we read that in Matthew 5:20, and Matthew 23:15 that Jesus told those who happened to be Israelites that if they do not accept him in word and action [faith] they will be condemned to hell. Now back to the gift of grace, the word of God says that the free gift of grace is transformational. The proof text comes from 1 Corinthians 15:10, 2 Corinthians 8:7 and what this means is that grace will transform you, and you will not longer produce bad fruit, but you will produce good fruit as Jesus says in John 15:1-17.

    Let me ask you a question, can you honestly say that a born-again believer who choose not to love their neighbor and fails to repent will make it into heaven ...knowing that in John 15:1-17 Jesus commands us to love, and in 1 John 3:14, John says "We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death."? If Lucifer loved God, more than he loved himself, he wouldn't had sinned and be where he is today.

    Additional proof text:
    • Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
    • Jude 1:1-14 The bible states believers who use grace as a license to sin will be judged.
    • Revelation 3:14-22 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent [Jesus told his body, the church to repent which means to change].
    • Hebrews 10:26-31 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
    • Acts 10:30-31 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.
    • John 3:18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
    • Hebrews 3:12-13
    • See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
    • Hebrews 6:1 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God.
    • Hebrews 6:4-6 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.
    [Please check out the Pictorial Blog Post - Opening the door to sin]
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