Hell – Part 4 of 5: Will there be those who once professed Christ in Hell?

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Dear reader, in our final two articles on the doctrine of Hell (this week and next), we will consider that this place of eternal torment will also be the eternal abode of those who “expected” to spend eternity in Heaven. So, please know that I want to help you make sure that you will not become a “shocked” inhabitant of Hell! 

The Lord Jesus Christ teaches us and warns us that there will always be people (i.e., never-dying souls) who expect, at death, to wake up in heaven, but instead wake up in Hell -- “Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and do many mighty works in Your Name?’ And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness’” (Matthew 7:21-23). The most frightening of our Lord’s Words on this subject can be found in Luke 13:22-30: “He went on His way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem. And someone said to Him, ‘Lord, will those who are saved be few?’ And He said to them, Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, “Lord, open to us,” then he will answer you, “I do not know where you come from.” Then you will begin to say, “We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.” But he will say, “I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!” In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out.’ And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”  Oh yes, the Lord Jesus Christ taught unmistakably and unashamedly that there are and will always be “shocked” inhabitants in Hell (cf. 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 4:1-3; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43; 25:31-34). Dear friends, this is no joke! Those who were once “religious” earthlings are now in torment endlessly screaming in the agony of Hell.  This should sober us all!  In light of this, you may wonder:  What is Hell like? The Bible tells us that Hell is a place of unspeakable, conscious punishment of unrepentant sinners, who are forever weeping and gnashing their teeth in unquenchable fire (Matthew 8:12; see also Isaiah 33:14; Matthew 12:32; 25:46; Luke 16:23, 28; Revelation 20:1,15; 21:8; 22:11)! So then, despite what the 14th century Italian medieval poet, Dante Alighieri, wanted us to believe about the role of Satan and his demons in Hell, Revelation 20:10 tells us that both he and his demons will be the ones being tormented in Hell! Furthermore, the tormenting and consuming fire in Hell is the wrath of God Himself (Psalm 139:8; Hebrews 12:29)! In conclusion, how could a sporadic or even a regular attendee of church end up in Hell? Luke 13:22-30 reminds us that there are two reasons for this tragic but certain reality:  A lack of spiritual urgency and a life of spiritual complacency. We will study these two issues next week in our final study of this five-part series. I now leave you with the following words of Pastor John MacArthur: “It’s one thing to go to Hell and know that you are going there, not expecting anything different. It’s quite a different thing to end up in Hell when you thought you were a Christian.” 

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