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The contents from this post was an email newsletter sent out on 8/22/2007
Is Hell Reasonable? & Outreach to Mormons!
Aug 22, 2007
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FAIR IN MISSOULA, MONTANA
We were able to talk to a lot of young teenagers at this fair. Many of them are at the ripe age for trouble. Some of them, around the age of 15, admitted to already getting into sex and drugs. I warned them about the snares of the devil, and the wrath that is to come, and about the safety that is in Jesus Christ.
We made a sandwich board which said “Stop Sinning, Trust Jesus” and gave a list of warnings on the back. No doubt, some are not fond of our “STOP SINNING” message. But what should we say, “KEEP SINNING?” I would rather die then to encourage sinners to continue in sin! God wants them to repent, that is, God wants them to turn around!
For a short time, we got away with preaching open air within the actual fair. But as soon as the first vendor complained, worried that they won’t be able to make a profit of their Dianna, we were shut down.
And so we moved to the outside exits, where we were able to preach to THOUSANDS of lost souls as they were leaving from the fair. We warned them about how sin is deadly, but how they can have life if they turn to Jesus Christ.
UTAH FAIR: OUTREACH TO THE MORMONS!
For 3 full days we were able to preach the gospel open air to Mormons in Utah at their state fair! Unlike Montana, the police in Utah actually affirmed our right of freedom of speech so that we preached unhindered 3 days in a row, around 5 hours a day!
On one end of the fair we had the open air preaching, and on the other end of the fair we had a witnessing booth where a team talked to people and gave out free tracts and books.
Brother Evan and I took turns preaching, along with other Brothers who were from a local witnessing team.With all of the preaching, THOUSANDS of Mormons must have heard the TRUE gospel. You may know that Mormons are wanna be gods. But there is only ONE God and God is calling all mormons to serve Him!
Even though it was a fair with all sorts of entertainment and fun activities, LARGE crowds gathered each day for HOURS to hear the preaching!
It was also our privilege to preach at a home group that Sunday.
Here is a report from that:
“There were about 20-25 of us there, and in 21 years of church it was truly the best day ever. We started at 10:30 am and sang hymns Evan Schaible then preached on prayer, we then went to the park for a picnic lunch and fellowship. Then back to the home for hymns and Jesses’ message and more hymns. We went home at 7:30 pm. Praise God for He was glorified and lifted up.”
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SERMON FROM THE HOME GROUP:
A Serious Call to Radical Soul Winning:
This sermon explains the loving heart of God, how God wants all men to be saved! That must be our heart as well. Jesus is our example, who gave Himself for this sinful world.
SERMONS FROM OPEN AIR PREACHERS CONFERENCE:
“The Fear of the Lord” & “Preaching the Causes Trouble”
VIDEOS OF THE OUTREACH AT THE MONTANA FAIR:
VIDEOS OF THE OUTREACH TO THE MORMONS:
HELL-FIRE: A Necessary Reality Demanded by Divine Love and Reason
By Jesse Morrell
The Apostle Paul reasoned and persuaded with sinners (Acts 17:2, 17:17, 18:4, 18:19, 24:25). God does not discourage reasoning, nor does He forbid reasoning. But God actually encourages reasoning (Isaiah 1:18). Christians are to renew their minds (Ephesians 4:23), not to remove their minds! True reason establishes the faith; it does not destroy it. Only an unreasonable faith fears reason. True biblical faith, however, does not fear reason, for God is a reasonable God, and true reason is derived from His Divine Intelligence.
The bible says that God is a good Governor with a good Government (Psalm 67:4, 22:28; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 2:6), and it is absolutely vital to understand that in the government of God, God is guided by His infinite Intelligence (Job 12:13; Proverbs 3:19-20, 8:12, 22-30) and by His benevolent [loving] nature (1 John 4:8, 4:16). God has a good and loving reason for everything He does; He is never malicious or unreasonable in any of His dealings. The judge of all the earth will do right (Genesis 18:25)!
So does the Divine Intelligence and the Divine Nature require the existence of hell? Is the existence of hell reasonable and loving? If God’s Divine Intelligence and Nature did not demand the existence of hell, then God would not have created it. But since the Divine Word declares that hell does exist, and that it was God who created it, and that God is wise and loving, then the Loving Nature of God and the Infinite Intelligence of God requires hell to exist; God cannot have it any other way without violating His own Intelligence and Nature. Hell is, in fact, one of the most reasonable and loving doctrines in the entire Bible!
The existence of moral good in the universe requires the existence of God’s Moral Government in the universe; without it, there would be nothing but complete moral anarchy, chaos, and disaster! In the same way, government requires law, every law must have precepts, and every precept must have sanctions. Law without precept is no law, and precept without sanction is mere advice. Because God is reasonable and loving, both the precepts of God’s moral laws and the sanctions of God’s moral laws are reasonable and loving. In this way, God’s entire Moral Government is reasonable and loving!
Jesus taught that the reason, or spirit, of God’s law was to do that which was good to the well-being of His people (Luke 6:9). Jesus said that what was good was well-being, and what was evil was ill-being (Luke 16:25). God does what is good to those who are made in His image because He values them (Matthew 14:36; Luke 12:7). God hates sin because God loves people. If God did not love people, He would have no reason to hate sin. God is pleased at the well-being of His creation (Genesis 1:31, 4:7; Isaiah 42:21), but God is grieved at the ill-being of His creation (Genesis 6:5-6; Matthew 23:37; John 11:33)! A truly good King loves his people; how much more so for the King of Kings (1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14, 19:16)!
The purpose of Government is to protect the well-being of the community, to promote its welfare. Every good government, that seeks to protect the community from harm and to promote its well-being, outlaws what is harmful (precepts), then publicly punishes (sanctions) those who are a threat to the well-being of the community; isolating in prison those who cannot be trusted in the community. Every good government establishes jails and prisons; these are absolutely necessary. And every good judge sends those who break good laws to those places of punishment and isolation. The community would not be safe otherwise.
Because God wants to protect His creation that He loves, and wants to promote the well-being of the universe, His precepts and sanctions are designed to secure that end. Sin is harmful, and so the Law has a precept; sinners are harmful and so the Law has a sanction. Because God genuinely cares about the welfare of His creation, and because God seeks the well-being of the people that He has created and loves, especially and specifically those made in His image, He outlaws all that is harmful (lying, stealing, adultery, murder, all manner of sin and selfishness, etc.), and commands what is good and beneficial (love – genuinely caring for and valuing one another).
That which is harmful is forbidden; that which is good is commanded. “Jesus said, ‘thou shalt do no murder, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness’” (Matthew 19:18). Jesus also commanded, “Thou shalt love…” (Matthew 19:19, 22:37-39; Mark 12:30,31; Luke 10:27), and the Inspired Apostle wrote, “For this, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness, thou shalt not covet, and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Romans 13:9).
Consider family government, how loving parents command their children not to play in the road. The parents do not make this command arbitrarily, simply to make their children miserable, but rather because they love their children and want the best for them. God is our loving Creator, and He commands us not to play in sin. God does not do this arbitrarily, simply to make us miserable, but rather because He loves us and cares about us. God wants the best for us. But sinning against ourselves, against each other, and against God is destructive and harmful. Sin is not good for us or for others. Sin does not please or glorify God in the least! And so our Creator forbids all sin because He is loving and reasonable; His laws have the public interest in mind.
It is important to understand that the law does not determine what is good and what is evil (it is not arbitrary), but rather the law declares what is good and what is evil; the law does not originate what is good and what is evil, but rather it reveals what is good and what is evil (Romans 5:13). The moral law of God is not arbitrary, but it is good and right (Romans 7:12)!
The precepts of God’s moral laws are good, and to uphold these precepts He has established proper sanctions. God’s government is good, and God’s judgment is just. He punishes with isolation those who are harmful (sinners). That eternal prison and punishment of isolation is called “outer darkness” (Matt 8:12, 22:13, 25:30), which is a place of eternal “torment“ (Matt 8:29; Luke 16:28; Revelation 14:11). Hell is such a horrific place that it is described as a lake of fire (Revelation 21:8), as a furnace of fire (Matthew 13:42, 13:50), where there is weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 8:12, 22:13, 24:51, 25:30; Luke 13:28; Revelation 18:15, 18:19)! Such descriptions can only give us a glimpse of the agony and the torment that souls will experience eternally in hell.
The existence of this eternal prison, called hell, in the universe is not rooted in any maliciousness in God, nor was it created because God is sadistic. Rather, the existence of hell is grounded in the benevolence of God, because God loves His creation and wants to protect it from those who are willing, because of their selfishness, to harm it; to isolate those who are willing to disregard the value of others in their selfish pursuit of their own happiness and pleasure. God protects the creation that He loves from such sinners and criminals!
And the punishment is just; the punishment fits the crime. Instead of loving God supremely and their neighbor equally (Matthew 22:37-38; Mark 12:30-31; Luke 10:27), they seek their own happiness supremely! They choose selfishness over love! Instead of seeking to please God and to help their fellow man, they seek to please and help themselves! Sinners are willing to trample upon the well-being of others to pursue their own pleasure, and so they will eternally experience ill-being and misery, because that is what they were willing to let others suffer (Luke 16:25)! They will experience the opposite of what they were pursuing; they will experience precisely what they caused others to experience: misery and ill-being!
But let it be understood that God has created no individual specifically for hell, for hell was not created for man. Rather, hell was originally created for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41), because the devil and his angels were the first to disobey God, and thus to become a threat to the creation that He loves. The devil selfishly wanted to be His own God (Isaiah 14:12-14), and so does every sinner, and that is why sinners reject God’s government (Luke 19:14). Those enemies of God who reject the reigning of God for their life will be slain on Judgment Day (Luke 19:27) by Jesus – the judge of all (Romans 2:16, 2 Timothy 4:1)!
And so those who choose of their own will to join the selfish rebellion started by the devil will share in the devil’s fate of everlasting fire – eternal torment (Matthew 3:10, 7:19, 18:8). This reveals God’s justice, so God is glorified even in this (Job 21:30; Proverbs 16:4, Romans 9:22), though God takes no personal pleasure in the death of the wicked, but desires that they turn and live (Ezekiel 18:32, 33:11).
God will not let sin into Heaven (Revelation 22:15), and the moral condition that you die in will be the moral condition that you wake up in (Revelation 22:11). Death cannot change your will, only you can ultimately do that. We absolutely must choose to live a godly, righteous, and holy life in this present world (2 Corinthians 1:12; Galatians 1:4; Titus 2:12, 1John 4:17)! Heaven is the “inheritance of the saints” only (Ephesians 1:18; Colossians 1:12), for the inheritance of the ungodly and sinners is hell-fire (2 Peter 2:4-7). The righteous will be saved on Judgment Day, not the ungodly and sinners (1 Peter 4:18).
Heaven will be Heaven because there will be no sin there, because there will be nothing but love there. The citizens of Heaven will not be lying to each other, stealing from each other, or hurting and harming one another. They will not blaspheme God, and grieve the heart of God. They will not dishonor God. Rather, they will love and value one another, and they will love and value God; they will honor and glorify God, and that is precisely why it is Heaven, and it is also God’s will is for that to occur now “on earth as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10)!
And so there is an eternal prison in the universe because God is loving and wise. His Benevolence and Intelligence demand the existence of hell. If His Divine Nature and Divine Intelligence did not demand it, hell would not exist, but hell must exist if God is loving and wise! A loving and wise Governor would not have it any other way. Only an ignorant or evil ruler, who does not care at all about his subjects, would have no laws and no punishments, would issue no precepts and no sanctions in order to protect that community that he oversees. But our Great and Glorious God is not ignorant but wise (1 Timothy 1:17; Jude 1:25), not evil but holy (Matthew 5:48; James 1:17), and so He deeply cares about His people (John 3:16; 1 John 4:9).
God is loving, not selfish. God cares, and is not cruel. God is reasonable, and not tyrannical, and that is precisely why hell is a reality for those who continue to sin and who refuse to repent and obey God (Luke 13:3; Romans 6:23; 1Corinthians 6:9-10; Hebrews 5:9; Revelation 21:8). Hell is not an unreasonable place of punishment to which an evil God sends good men, but hell is a just place of punishment to which our good God sends evil men.
All have voluntarily chosen to sin against themselves, to sin against their neighbor, and to sin against God (Romans 3:10-23). All have done what they knew was wrong (Romans 2:15), and thereby justly deserve punishment!
God is good, and merciful, and ready to forgive sin (Psalm 86:5)! But if God is going to forgive sin, if God is going to set aside our punishment of hell-fire and turn from His wrath, then God’s government requires bloodshed to take the place of our punishment – for there is no forgiveness of our sins without blood shed (Hebrews 9:22). But if there is a blood offering to take the place of our punishment in hell, God can then set aside our punishment in hell and can turn away from His wrath; God can then actually forgive us our sins and pardon our debts!
The blood offering, which makes the salvation of all men possible, is the finished work of Christ (John 19:30)! Christ died to atone for the sins of the whole world (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2). The atonement of Christ was a substitute for our punishment (Galatians 3:13), declaring the righteousness of God (Romans 3:25), thus enabling God to justly forgive us our sins (Romans 3:26), and to pardon our debts (Matthew 6:12, 18:27; Luke 7:42).
Because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross, making Himself a sin offering (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21), giving His own body (Luke 22:19) and blood (Matthew 26:28) for everyone, God is now able to set aside our punishment, to turn from His wrath (Psalm 78:38). Christ is our Passover lamb (1Corinthians 5:7), so that the wrath of God can pass over us instead of being poured out upon us (Exodus 12:13).
And our loving God provides this gracious offer of forgiveness to all men upon condition of repentance and faith (Luke 13:3; John 3:18). Because God wants all men to be saved (2 Peter 3:9), God calls all men to repent (Acts 17:30-31)! That is why all of Heaven rejoices when even one sinner repents (Luke 15:7-10), because God will not pardon any rebel (Hebrews 2:2; 1Corinthians 6:9), but saves only those who wave the white flag of surrender and who make a decision to no longer sin against God, to no longer sin against their neighbor, and to no longer sin against themselves (Hebrews 5:9).
God has grace and mercy for every sin that you turn away from, forgiving every sin that you repent of! Because Christ has died for all, God can forgive everyone. God can turn from His just wrath, and no one has to go down to eternal hell-fire. But to be saved, you must surrender your whole life to Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23, 14:26) – you must give your whole heart to God (Joel 2:13). You must receive Christ as your Lord and Savior in order to be saved (John 1:12; Romans 10:9-10)!
Only those who obey the gospel are saved (Romans 6:17), but those who obey not the gospel must be damned (2 Thessalonians 1:8; 1 Peter 4:17). And the gospel requires that you repent and believe (Mark 1:15; Luke 24:47); those are the necessary conditions of forgiveness and reconciliation. God chooses to save those who respond to His call. (Matthew 20:16; Luke 14:23), and only those who persevere and are faithful unto the end are saved from God’s wrath at last (Matthew 10:22; Revelation 17:14).
God will not force you against your will to be saved (Luke 13:34), it must be from your own heart (Acts 8:37; Romans 6:17, 10:9-10). God puts the decision in your hands, and even begs you to be reconciled unto Him (2 Corinthians 5:20)! Will you respond to God’s gracious invitation? “Flee from the wrath to come” (Matthew 3:7; Luke 3:7)!
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