Friday, October 4, 2019

The Real Reason We Need A Savior

Dr. Ralph “Yankee” Arnold
We are warned to flee from the wrath to come. Mat 3:7  But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 
Dwight L Moody said, “The God who tells of the glories of heaven, also tells of the horrors of hell”.
Billy Sunday said, “A man will be in hell less than five minutes before he knows there is one”.
Read the story of Luke 16: 19- 31
Whenever I have taught Bible college students about the story of the rich man and Lazarus, I would always have them study this portion of Scripture and make a list of all the things you garner about a person in hell.
Here are a few reasons to examine your need of a Savior, every family faces death:
This was a rich family:
This was a large family:
This family was visited by death:
This family had one member in hell:
This family had no hope by choice:
Who would have thought that in a brief moment in time:
That a millionaire could be changed into a pauper? 
That he could not buy so much as one drop of water?
That riches availed nothing at death?
That he would remember forever deeds he did on the earth?
That once he was in hell, he could never escape?
That their destination was the result of their own decision?
Luke 16:29  Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 
Luke 16:31  And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. 
Seven reasons why you should not go to hell:
1.      God does not want you to go to hell
2.      Jesus does not want you to go to hell
3.      The Holy Spirit does not want you to hell
4.      People in heaven do not want you to go to hell
5.      People in hell do not want you to go to hell
a.      Luke 16:27  Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: 
b.      Luke 16:28  For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 
6.      People that know and love you do not want you to go to hell.
7.     Hell is an awful place that was not prepared for you
Mat 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 
Things that the rich man discovered about hell:
1.      Death did not end it all 
a.      Luke 16:22  … the rich man also died, and was buried; 
b.      Luke 16:23  And in hell he lift up his eyes…, 
2.      Hell was real
3.      That a man reaps what he sows even in hell (Luke 16:25)
4.      That there is punishment and torment in hell
5.      That there is a great gulf between heaven and hell (Once dead – destiny is fixed)
6.      That praying to saints availed nothing (Abraham was a good saint, but he could not help)
7.      There are no opportunities for salvation after death (No need to preach the gospel in Hell)
Things that are not found in hell:
1.      There is no peace in hell
Isa 57:21  There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. 
2.      There is no rest in hell
Rev 14:11  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, (Forever tired)
3.      There is no joy in hell (There is nothing there to rejoice about) 
4.      There is no comfort in hell (Luke 16:25)
5.      There is no water in hell
6.      There is no mercy in hell
Luk 16:24  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. 
7.      There is no hope in hell
a.      Luk 16:26  And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. 
b.      Dan 12:2  And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt
c.       Dan 12:3  And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.  
If we could get out of hell after a million years or so, perhaps we could afford to take a chance with our never dying soul. 
2Co 6:2  (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) 
Soul-Winners make a difference
Jude 1:22  And of some have compassion, making a difference
Jude 1:23  And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire;
Dr. Ralph 'Yankee' Arnold, Pastor

Calvary Community Church of Tampa

4811 George Rd.

Tampa, FL 33634


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