IS THERE A PLACE CALLED HELL?
Luke 16:19-24, “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried, and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.”
Is it true that Hell is mentioned 162 times in the New Testament? Is it true that Deuteronomy 32:22 says, “A fire is kindled in mine anger and shall burn unto the lowest hell.” Is Job 11:8 true? “God is higher than heaven and deeper than hell.” Is Psalm 9:17 true? “The wicked shall be turned into hell.” Is Proverbs 27:20 true? “Hell and destruction are never full.” Is Isaiah 5:14 true? “Hell hath enlarged herself.” Is Ezekiel 31:16 true? “I cast him down to hell with them that descend into the pit.” Is Amos 9:2 true? “They dig into hell.” Is Habakkuk 2:5 true? “Who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is a death, and cannot be satisfied.” Is Matthew 10:28 true? “Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul! But rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Is II Peter 2:4 true? “God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down into hell.” Is James 3:6 true? “The tongue is set on fire of hell.” Is Revelation 20:15 true? “Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
R. A. Torrey said, “I claim to be a scholar and I believe the old fashioned doctrine of Hell.” D. L. Moody said, “If there is no Hell, let’s burn our Bibles.” Henry Ward Beecher said, “A future punishment is enough to make an earthquake of terror in a man’s soul.” Dewitt Tallmadge said, “Not having enough intellect of my own to fashion an eternity to my own desires, I will have to accept what the Bible has to say about Hell.” Charles Spurgeon said, “Dread for Hell a saved man will never know.” Billy Sunday said, “You won’t be in Hell 5 seconds until you will believe there is one.” Sam Jones said, “Every sinner carries his own brimstone.”
Is there a place called Hell? I ask that question for I fear we have gradually become a health and wealth preaching nation rather than having our pulpits aflame with Holy Ghost preaching and conviction about the realization of a real place called Hell. We preach as if we are a people that will never die and face God!
I ask the question is there a place called Hell? Why are we fundamental, Hell-fire, and damnation preachers instead of calm Bible expositors? Why are you a Hell-fire damnation preacher or maybe better why are you not a Hell-fire damnation preacher? The answer finds its answer in another question, “Do we really believe there is a place called Hell?”
If there is a place called Hell that should settle once and for all why we take a Hell-fire and damnation position. Is there or is there not a place called Hell? We must answer the question!
Is there a place where people are burning at this very moment? Is there a place that exists called Hell where now people who have died without Christ are burning in torment and will be there forever and ever?
Luke chapter 16 is not a parable! Parables never use proper names and they never use the word “certain.” That means that this rich man is still burning in Hell and crying out for a drop of water these 2,000 years later.
Is there a place called Hell? Is there a place where people beg for one drop of water? Is there a place where people cry for mercy? Is there a place where the worm dies not and the fire is not quenched? Is there a place where people go when God says, “Depart from me for I never knew you.”?
Is there a place where people will go after God says to those on the left hand, depart from me ye cursed in to everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels? Is it true that the wicked shall be turned into a place called Hell and all the nations that forget God? Is there a place where those who are not found written in the Book of Life shall be cast into forever? Is there really a place called the Lake of Fire?
Is the rich man still weeping and crying after all these many years? Is he still crying for one drop of water to cool his tongue? Is he still begging for someone to go tell his descendants not to come there? Is he still falling and screaming and begging for mercy after 2,000 years? Is this man still burning in a place called Hell?
Hey, we have to decide once and for all is there or is there not a place called Hell? Hey, we have to decide who is a person who is not saved going to burn in Hell forever and ever and ever and ever or not?
If there is no place called Hell let’s quit and go home, but if there is a place called Hell let’s all become apart of the battle for the souls of mankind!
Is it true that my dear wife’s dad who died in pure agony without receiving Christ is burning in Hell tonight and has been for over four decades? Is it true then why don’t we forget all of our petty gripes, pretty grievances, petty prejudices, petty disagreements in our local churches and let us rise up like a might army and take the Gospel to our city. Why don’t we remove our pharisaical phylacteries and lead someone to Christ. “But preacher we don’t save anybody” one man said to me. Ok, then introduce Jesus to some one! You don’t save any one, but you can win them over to the Saviour!
If there is a place called Hell! If men are burning! If men are crying! If men are begging for mercy then why don’t we leave our classrooms and tell someone how to miss Hell and make Heaven? Is there a place called Hell?
While I was preaching in New Jersey a professor in a college approached me and told me that he taught Greek and Hebrew to prepare others to spread the Gospel. I asked him this question “Is there a place called Hell?” Is there a Hell Mr. professor, Mr. PHD, Mr. Bible teacher, Sunday school teacher, deacon, usher, secretary, staff member, faculty member, choir member, teenager, church member, and retired person?
“But preacher I’m a Methodist!” Ok, is there a Hell Mr. Methodist? “But I don’t agree with my pastor on everything?” Ok, but can you agree with him that there is a Hell?”
These modernistic liberal Southern Baptist Convention Seminaries don’t know whether Hell exists or not! You who know there is a Hell ought to be ashamed of yourselves for sending innocent young men of God into their liberal clutches to be trained for the ministry. They become Bible correctors and destroy everything that the previous generations have bled and died for!
I can tell you SBC professors how to find out if there is a Hell buy yourself an old King James Bible and read it and quit correcting it. Billy Graham stated that he did not know whether there was literal Hell or not because it could be just the absence of God’s presence. That is exactly what he told TIME MAGAZINE. That is the same thing Joel Osteen said to Larry King. I realize it is not very popular any more, but I ask the question, “Is there or is there not a place called Hell?”
If there is a place called Hell and you let your loved ones die and go there you are a dirty crook! Is that plain enough? I can hear you now saying, “But it pricks my refinement to think there is a place called Hell!”
However, we must answer the question is there or is there not a place called Hell? If its true that there is a Hell then preach it, teach it, and tell it! If its true that the one who carried you in her body and labored in the jaws of death to bring you to life and at whose breasts you found sustenance is not saved and she’s lost and on her way to Hell then how can you go out to eat at night? If this were true how can you sleep at night? Again, the question must be answered is there or is there not a place called Hell?
If people by the multitudes are plunging toward a Christ less and godless burning Hell it looks like no one should be called a fanatic who works to keep people from going to Hell? Is it true that the only man you have ever called legitimately dad is unsaved at this very moment? Is it true that you dad is only one breath from the torments of a devils Hell? Is it true that the one you call mother is only one breath from eternal Hell fire? Is there or is there not a place called Hell? We must face the question and answer the question!
Is it true that the one who joins you in bringing life into the world and with whom you became the heirs of the grace of life is lost without Christ and is one heartbeat from going to Hell? Is it true that he or she is not saved? Is it true that you have a brother or sister who’s without salvation and only one heart beat from a devils Hell?
Do those who work beside you day after day know the answer to keep from going to Hell? Is it true that they are on breath away from Hell? Do those who live beside you to whom you waive too in the mornings as you pull out of the drive way and head for work know how to keep from going to Hell? Is it true that they are one heartbeat away from an eternal Hell? If they die without Christ will they burn forever in the Lake of Fire?
Preacher, do those to whom you preach die and go to a place called Hell? If so we need to start having altar calls. Is there a place called Hell? “But preacher I rebel at this kind of old fashioned preaching!” Well the devil doesn’t like it either so classify yourself! Its time to quit playing church, spiritual patty cake, and religion and start believing like there is a place called Hell!
Is it true that those potential bus riders have souls and could spend an eternity in Hell? Is there or is there not a place called Hell? If there is a place called Hell then show up for soul winning night at your church. Shut down the formalistic and ritualistic church services and let’s go back to reaching sinners with the Gospel. Is there or is there not a place called Hell? We must answer the question!
If there is not a place called Hell then I’m gong back to the house. If there is no place called Hell let’s eat, drink, and be merry! If there is not place called Hell then let’s call the missionaries home. It’s silly for the Kevin Wynns, Rick Martins, and Tommy Ashcrafts to leave their home land to go to a country that fights them being there if there is no place called Hell! It’s ridiculous if there is no place called Hell to go somewhere to teach people how to grow corn!
If there is no place called Hell let’s stop the buses from rolling, let’s make a planter box out of the baptistery, let’s close the church doors, and call the deacons what we have always wanted to call them! If there is no place called Hell let’s quit the ministry and make money and live it up! If there is no place called Hell I have purchased my last airplane ticket to go preach somewhere! If there is no place called Hell I have spent my last Labor Day away from home attempting to stir Christians about personal soul winning. If there is no place called Hell then I have checked into my last motel room. If there is no place called Hell then I have spent my last night in prayer.
However, if there is a place called Hell then let us plead for God’s power, let us show up for church soul winning, let us win our neighbors, let us win our dads, let us win our mothers, and let us win our co-workers to Christ. If there is a place called Hell then let us run the buses, get the soul winners out, get the preacher boys out soul winning, get the Sunday school teachers out soul winning, get the college professors out soul winning, get the staff out soul winning, and get the pastor out soul winning.
If there is a Hell then put water back into the baptistery, quit trading the prayer closet for the voting booth, quit turning the bus captains into precinct captains, and quit trading disgruntled church members. If there is a Hell let us keep our concern about the murder of the unborn but be more concerned about the rebirth of the born. If there is a place called Hell let us keep our burden for the right to life but have a bigger burden for the right to eternal life. If there is a place called Hell let us return to Hell fire, spittin’, sloberin’, damnation, brimstone, and leathern lunged preaching!
“But preacher if I preach like that my deacons will fire me!” The truth is if you don’t preach like that your deacon’s ought to fire you! If there is a place called Hell let us talk about Jesus the King of King is He, the Lord of Lords supreme though all eternity, the Great I am, the way, the truth, the life, the door, let’s talk about Jesus more and more.
If there is a Hell then let us lift up Jesus as the only hope of salvation from Hell. If there is a Hell let’s keep the Bible standards in our local churches and schools. If there is a place called Hell let’s keep preaching the same old King James Bible without casting doubt on its Words. Hey Christian there is more to this thing than just making a living or holding the fort together.
Soul winning will sober more alcoholics than AA, clean up more slums than federal social programs, feed more families than welfare, do more for the children than head start, and save America quicker than politicians. If there is a place called Hell than trade your record attendances for record baptisms, trade your emphasis on record offerings for record conversions of the lost.
Is there a place called Hell? Ok, then let’s return to talking about Jesus more than politics, more about baptisms than budgets, more about the church than the school, more about the saving of souls than basketball scores, and more about who lives in the Father’s house than in the White House. Is there a place called Hell or not?
One man said to me, “But I’m a Methodist.” My reply was so was Sam Jones, Bob Jones, and Peter Cartwright! “But I’m a Presbyterian.” Ok, so was Billy Sunday! “But, I’m a Congregationalist.” Ok, so was D. L. Moody. The truth is most Bible professors believed there is a place called Hell before they became a Bible professor.
Billy Sunday, the Presbyterian, said, “Call it Gahanna, Hades, or whatever you want to call it, but it’s all Hell to me.”
Is there a place called Hell? Matthew 25:41 says it is a prepared place. II Peter 2:4 tells us it is a place, which is down. God cast wicked angels down into Hell. Revelation 10:13 tells us that Hell is a pit, which has no bottom to it. Matthew 5:22 lets us know that there is fire in Hell. II Thessalonians 1:8 and Luke 16:24 reveals that there are real flames of fire in Hell. Luke 26:24 tells us that fire in Hell causes pain and torment. Luke 16:24 says that Hell is hot. Matthew 3:12; 25:41; Mark 9:43-45 tells us that Hell’s fire is unquenchable. Revelation 14:11 says that there is smoke that rises from the fire in Hell.
Revelation 19:20; 20:10 lets us know that there is brimstone in the fire and that brimstone is sulfur, which is extremely flammable. Psalm 55:1-5 and II Thessalonians 1:8 tells us that the inhabitants of Hell will be people who have rejected Christ as payment for their sins. Matthew 25:41 lets us know that the devil and his angels will inhabit Hell. Mark 9:43-46 reveals that worms or maggots will be in Hell. Luke 16 tells us that memory will exist in Hell. Luke 16 tells us that bodies will be in Hell.
Luke 16 tells us that the minds of those in Hell will be conscience. Luke tells us that there will b e anguish of mind. II Peter 2:4, 17 reveals to us that darkness will engulf Hell. Matthew 6:25-34 tells us that hunger will be in Hell because the Bread of Life will be in Heaven and the Tree of Life will be in Heaven. Daniel 12:2 tells us that shame and contempt will be in Hell. I John 4:7; Matthew 9:17 tells us that hate, bitterness, and unhappiness along with all bad human traits will be in Hell.
I Corinthians chapter 15 and Colossians chapter 3 lets us know that no intelligent conversation will take place in Hell. II Thessalonians 1:8-9 and Psalm 92:7 says that there will be everlasting punishment and destruction. Luke chapter 16, Matthew chapter 23, and Psalm chapter 55 tells us that there is great gulf fixed. Psalm 75:8 lets us know that God will not and cannot alter his justice.
Hell is the prison house of despair,
Here are some things that won’t be
No flowers will bloom on the banks of Hell
No beauties of nature we love so well
No comforts of home, music, and song
No friendship of joy will be found I that throng
No children to brighten the long, weary night
No love nor peace-not one ray of light
No blood washed soul with face beaming bright
No loving smile in that region of night
No mercy, no pity, no pardon, no grace
No water-oh, God, what a terrible place!
The pangs of the lost no human can tell
Not one moment’s ease-there’s no rest in Hell
Hell is the prison house of despair
Here are some things that will be there
Fire and brimstone are there, we know,
For God in His Word has told us so
Memory, remorse, suffering and pain,
Blasphemers and swearers, haters of God
Christ rejecters while here on earth trod
Murderers, gamblers, drunkards, and liars
All have their part in the Lake of Fire
The filthy, the vile, the cruel, the mean,
What a horrible mob in Hell will be seen!
Yes, more than humans on earth can tell
Are the torments and woes of an eternal Hell!