Food for Friday

And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Luke 16:23

In a BBC interview some years ago, then Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, declared that hell is merely a state of mind, not a real place. During the same interview, he also dismissed the Book of Genesis as being not historically correct, and said he ‘trusted’ that there is a God, although he could not say he knew it as a certainty. Dr. Williams was a very influential man. He was the head of the Church of England and the worldwide Anglican Communion, which claims 77 million members, who looked to Dr. Williams for spiritual guidance and leadership. It would appear that Dr. Williams was leading his flock into the very hell he refuses to believe in. Not believing in hell will extinguish none of its flames, nor reduce its level of torment one degree. Do we as Christians believe in hell? Of course we do! The Bible declares its reality. Does that belief make any difference in our lives? Good question!

The next time you are among a crowd of people, such as a busy shopping mall or an airport, look about you at the people’s faces. Know this: the vast majority of those folks, in a few short years, will be wailing out their eternal woes in the flames of hell. They are lost, and most don’t know it. They are helpless and hopeless, and they need to hear the Gospel, even if most of them won’t pay any attention to it. Maybe if we took hell more seriously, the unsaved around us might get the message and seek deliverance.

The fact that we have been delivered from the pit is cause for much rejoicing and gives us much peace. But sometimes, we get comfortable in our Salvation, and forget that although we are secure in Christ, there are swarms of people all about us who are still abiding under the wrath of God. What would it take for us to take an interest in the lost? What would it cost us to hand out a Gospel tract, or speak a word in witness to our redemption? What would it take for us to be shaken out of our apathy and see sinners in their desperate peril of hell’s flames?

Get a match, light it, and quickly blow it out. Smell the sulphurous odour that comes from the match… that’s what the lost will smell for eternity, magnified a million times. Do we care that they are going there? May God grant us a love for lost souls, and a desire to see them delivered from perdition! -Jim MacIntosh

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