...and neither is damn. They are Bible words. But the devil is shrewd. And if he can make them commonplace, then they lose their powerful meaning. And if he can make them cuss words, then Christians will be afraid to use them. But they are very important words. And we shouldn't be afraid.
A few weeks ago I reposted on facebook a quote from Charles H. Spurgeon. It says:
“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”
So many things on my heart as I read it again for the umpteenth time in my life. It moves me to tears every single time.
First let me say that Christians who love the thoughts written here by Spurgeon are often very misunderstood. People get angry and say things like:
"Who do they think they are, cramming their religion down other people's throats?" But it's not possible for my intention to be any more further removed from that statement. It's as opposite as the east is from the west. I believe the Bible. I know what it says. Hell is PROMISED to those who stand accountable for their own sin. Christ paid for that sin and gives them a way of escape. The ONLY way. That's why He came. That's NOT religion in today's sense of the word. It's truth. And I share the truth in love for you. If I saw you trapped in a burning building, I can promise you I would do everything in my power to get you out. Everything! It's like that.
"Those born-again Christians think they are better than everyone else. They look down on other people." Oh my word! SO wrong! Again, you couldn't BE more wrong. Paul said, when speaking of sinners, that he was the 'chiefest' of them. "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." (1 Timothy 1:15) If you run across a so-called Christian who does not have this attitude, they are probably not saved. I KNOW my sinful state if it were not for being Blood Washed. All because of Christ and nothing of me. I know when I look at the lost, no matter how awful and raw their sinfulness might be, that if it were not for the grace of God finding me many years ago, that could and probably would be me. I am better than no one. No one! But Jesus is perfect and I am redeemed by the Blood of my precious Saviour. That's the only difference.
And so, our quote from Charles Spurgeon. Teachers are usually pretty visual. I am very much so. I see it vividly. The lost having to leap over my dead body in order to get to hell. Even in death, trying to stop them from going there. My arms wrapped around their knees, begging them to stay and do it God's way. It even made me cry to type that, I see it so clearly. Loving the lost. Wanting them to have the wonderful Saviour I have. Fulfilling Christ's commandment. Having compassion. Warning and praying.
Every sentence in this post I could give you Scripture for. Well, except for teachers being visual. But with the exception of that, not one word of this is my opinion or just one of my experiences. This is straight up Bible. God's Word. But I will give you a few powerful verses using those words, 'hell' and 'damn', and then you decide if they are cuss words. Or just truth.
Matthew 10:28 - "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
Matthew 25:46 - "And these shall go away into everlasting punishment (hell): but the righteous into life eternal." (The righteous are only that way because they are saved by the shed Blood of Christ.)
Revelation 20:15 - "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (hell)
Mark 16:16 - "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."
Romans 13:2 - "Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation."
There are hundreds, but you get the idea. Study those words for yourself. They are powerful words of warning from God. They are not cuss words. Or they shouldn't be. And neither are any of the names of Jesus or God the Father. :(
If you have never before seen these truths in this way and want to know more about trusting Jesus and not being damned to hell (according to the Scriptures), go to the top of this page, and look for the 'home' button on the right hand side. Click it, and then scroll to the bottom of that page. You will find a blog post pinned there entitled 'Redeemed'. It will tell you how to be forgiven through the finished work of Jesus on the cross of Calvary. Then you won't have to worry about a place called hell except to warn others. Because that's the way it works! :)
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