Luke 16:19-31 ~ The Rich Man & Lazarus
““There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
“Then 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.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’
“Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’”
Jesus speaks of Hell more than any other subject. 13% of everything He says is on Hell.
50% of His Parables are on Hell or Judgment.
There are a million roads to hell and not one road out.

“Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” James 4:14
Job 7:7
Psalm 39:5
Psalm 102:3
Psalm 144:4
Revelation 21:8 ~ Who will be in Hell?
There will be NO COWARDS in HEAVEN!
“But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Luke 12:4-5 ~ Fear God ~ “And I say to you, My friends do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who after He has killed, has the power to cast you into Hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!” Matthew 7 Matthew 7:13&14 ~The Narrow Way
Matthew 7:21-23 ~ I Never Knew You
Matthew 7:24-27 ~ Build on The Rock
Christianity is a hard life! It’s not an easy life. If you want an easy life: Have fun and go to Hell!
‎”And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23
“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience;” Romans 5:3
“….we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22
‎”Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” John 15:20
“If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” John 15:19
“And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:27
Matthew 18:9 ~ Eye Causes Sin ~ “And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.”

The Judgment Seat of Christ:
Only believers face The Judgment Seat of Christ.
Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.”
2 Corinthians 5:9-11
2 Corinthians 5:17 New Creation
2 Corinthians 5:20 Ambassadors for Christ
1 Corinthians 3:9-15 Foundation

Once you die your test, your opportunities are over.
There is no purgatory & you can’t pray someone into Heaven.
This is your only opportunity.

The Prosperity Gospel?
The fate of the Apostles:
Stephen was stoned to death.
Paul & James were beheaded.
Philip, Andrew, Jude and Simon were crucified.
Matthew was killed with a halberd.
James was crucified, stoned then beaten to death.
Matthias was stoned and beheaded.
Mark was dragged in the streets then beheaded
Peter was crucified upside-down.
Bartholomew was flayed alive and crucified.
Thomas was killed by a spear.
Luke was hanged.
Antipas was roasted to death
John was cooked in boiling hot oil but survived. He was then banished to an island.
John was the only Apostles who was not martyred.

Jesus Christ did not die on a Cross to make you rich!
He died on a Cross for your sins!
If we had a money problem: he would have sent an Economist!
But HE saw we had a SIN problem: A problem we could not fix ourselves!
So HE sent a SAVIOR!

John the Baptist was a poor humble preacher who was put in prison and beheaded.
Jesus said of him: “Among them that are born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist”
How does this prosperity gospel apply to him?
What about Job?
Job lost it all and endured great hardships: I wonder what he would have said to the preachers who are distorting the message of The Gospel on tv today?
I wonder what Jesus would say: He called those who were profiting off of the name of God in his time: Snakes & a generation of Vipers.
My how things have worsened since then! Regardless of what the TV preachers are saying thankfully we have a Bible that we can read and discover the Truth of The Gospel for ourselves!

“Why do people embrace the prosperity message and reject…repentance and holiness? It is because…prosperity preaching fits beautifully into their successful lifestyles. They…want to feel comfortable in their world of materialism. They are in no mood to give up anything, or to sacrifice, or to hear of crosses and losses. They are into buying, acquiring, enjoying, climbing.” David Wilkerson

If you’ve read a Pastor’s book in it’s entirety but you’ve never read The Word of God in it’s entirety: it’s obvious you care more about what a man has to say over what God has to say!
Think about it: It’s just the Truth!
Every breath we take is an offer of mercy.
For a moment we appear and then vanish away.
Repentance: a free gift to the unworthy.
Trusting Christ: our only Hope and the only Way
If the Narrow Road were so easy to find: wouldn’t more people find it? There are a million roads to Hell and not one way out.
“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:14

Every second 2 people die: By the time you go to sleep tonight about 150,000 people will die.
Do you care?
Do you care to step out of your comfort zone to share your faith with others?
If you don’t care, if you let that person walk by, if you let that loved one die without telling them about Jesus Christ… You will give an account for it at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

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