"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
You Have the Right to Go to Hell
Today a thought crossed my mind: You have the right to go to hell if you want to. You may be one that refuses to acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God, you refuse to recognize your sinful nature, your need for repentance and, you do not believe that you must give your life to Jesus according to the Biblical reality of the Gospel. Guess what? You have the right to do so.
You may think that you do not need Jesus to go to heaven; you may think that you can go to heaven by placing your trust in the Muslim faith or you may become a Jehovah Witness, a Mormon, etc. The constitution of the United States gives you the freedom to do whatever you want, as long as you do not violate the law and the freedom of others.
That same constitution gives you the right to believe in the spiritual journey of your preference or believe in nothing that goes beyond you. My dear friend, this nation and God give you the right to go to hell if you so desire. The Bible tells us in 2 Peter 3:9,
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (NIV)
You don’t have to be a doctor in theology to know that, even as God does not want anyone to end up in hell, many will end up there. That is because God has given all of us a free will.
I have been saying for some time that the church is distracted trying to change the world. The Bible is clear in letting us know who is the god of this world system, that is Satan according to 2 Corinthians 4:4. The Bible is also clear in letting us know that we do not belong to this world (John 17:14-15)
We, as Christians, should place our emphasis in pursuing the fulfillment of the first commandment of loving God above all things. We should be a people that embrace the process of sanctification. We are holy people, separated for God. We should not be behaving like the world. We also should be an example to the world by loving one another as a united family. If we do these things we will be able to impact the world more effectively than to trying to change laws, policies and our constitution.
Church! This is not our world and this is not our Kingdom. Our job is to make sure that we have the power, according to Acts chapter two, to be effective witnesses for our Lord Jesus Christ in the mix of this fallen world.
We need a Christ-centered life style and a life-centered message. There is a great portion of the church that has gotten involved with politics; they love to dance with the powerful. There is another portion of the church that has gone after higher learning and the prestige and fleshly dignifying and prideful attitudes that come alone with it. They sound good, but they have no power and no revelation.
We need the good old Gospel and all that the Gospel tells us to be, to do and to say. As for the rest of the world, even as rude and as heartless as this may sound, they have the right to their same sex marriage. They are gaining territory as they change their own laws to kill innocent children in their mother’s bellies. By the way, the killing of children was one of the last sins Israel got involved with before they were taken into captivity. That is prophetic of our times; perhaps our own captivity is coming. The world has the right to continue and promote their immorality. They have the right to promote their violent message through music, video games, movies, etc. They have the right to reject our loving God, but, make no mistake about it, they also have the right to go to hell.