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October 30, 2006, Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

Old messages still true today

Lyndon Korhoen, Pastor, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran, Cokato

After having “Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames” for the second time, I have heard it asked, “Is it right to scare people into heaven and away from hell?”

I have replied with these verses from Jude 22 and 23, “And on some have compassion, making a difference: and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”

Jesus spoke very plainly about the reality of these two places. He gave many stern warnings about the place of eternal torment. He also spoke clearly about the place he would be preparing called heaven.

I really wonder if anyone would reject Jesus if they could see what hell is really like.

At our cast party, we watched the DVD “Last Chance,” which is the new drama from the company that did “Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames.”

In that presentation, those who reject Jesus are pictured passing through a long tube, down into what looks like molten lava.

After watching that a number of times, I closed my eyes, because the thought of that reality is a little to much for me to handle.

In that place of torment, there is no change, no end, no relief, like the rich man that Jesus spoke of found out. I don’t like speaking about hell, but since Jesus warned us about it, so we must warn others.

Jesus’ words of Luke 13:3 are still the truth, “I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too, will all perish.”

Martin Luther referred to John 3:16 as the gospel in a nutshell. It still tells us of the overwhelming love that God has for every one of us. He doesn’t want any of us to perish.

But there is only one cure and that is Jesus, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

What love God has for you. Repent of your sin, and trust Jesus as your Savior today.


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