DEVOTION:THIS IS NOT A SCARE TACTIC!

I have heard people who say Christians are using the fear of Hell as a scare tactic in order to make people believe in Jesus Christ. There is nothing further from the truth. The truth is this: God has always been clear and specific about the future – from the Garden of Eden to the New Testament times of Christ.

After God created Adam, He placed him in the Garden of Eden and gave him these instructions.

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Genesis 2:15-17

 

But Adam and Eve did not follow these instructions and not only did death come into the world, man was separated from God and kicked out of the Garden and forced to fend for himself to survive.

Before the Children of Israel entered the Promised Land, God gave instructions to them through Moses that clearly stated the consequences of obedience and disobedience. These are described in Deuteronomy 28:1-68. Read it and see how God never hid anything about the future from the children of Israel. Then spring forward and see what happened to them when they eventually disobeyed God.

In today’s passage, Malachi writes these words from The Lord.

Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them. But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. Then you will trample on the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty. Malachi 4:1-3

This prophecy might be one of those with dual fulfillment. In other words, this prophecy has already been fulfilled but because it has a dual fulfillment, the second part will actually be fulfilled upon Christ’s return. This is to say, Malachi not only spoke to his generation, but he also spoke concerning the end of the world when Christ returns to earth to take believers with Him to the New Heaven and A New Earth.

In the New Testament, Jesus Christ elaborated this prophecy

This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 13:49-50

Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.Matthew 25:41

Other New Testament writers had this to say

They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power

2 Thessalonians 1:9

But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. Revelation 19:20

 

The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done.  Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.Revelation 20:13-14

 

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

Nothing is hidden about hell! Therefore, it is not a scare tactic used to manipulate anyone to accept Christ. There will be a lake of fire for those who do not believe in Jesus Christ for their salvation.

APPLICATION:

1.    Have you encountered anyone who uses this excuse so as to deflect any attempt to be witnessed to about Christ? If so, share these and other passages in the Bible that clearly teach about Hell.

2.    It is important to know that Hell was not prepared for people. It was prepared for the devil and the fallen angels. Read this verse again:

Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.Matthew 25:41

3.    Knowing the reality of Hell should motivate us Christians to witness to the unsaved even more aggressively.

4.    Is anyone close to you or your workmates know about the reality of Hell, whether they believe it or not? Make sure you tell them the truth and spare yourself blame of failing to warn them. Here is a warning for believers who are not sharing the gospel or warning the unsaved concerning the impending judgment that leads to eternal fire.

When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself. “Again, when a righteous person turns from their righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before them, they will die. Since you did not warn them, they will die for their sin. The righteous things that person did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the righteous person not to sin and they do not sin, they will surely live because they took warning, and you will have saved yourself.” Ezekiel 3:18-21

5.    Make a plan to be able to witness to one person a week or at least once a month. This is better than not witnessing at all.

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers,

The sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts,

The idolaters and all liars–their place will be in

The fiery lake of burning sulfur.

This is the second death.”

 Revelation 21:8

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THIS IS NOT A SCARE TACTIC!

Pastor Shadrack Ruto

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