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Is the lake of fire a place of conscious torment, or is it a place of annihilation, i.e A place of non-existence or is it a place of non conscious existence?


There is one other question that remains to be answered, and that is, is the lake of fire a place of conscious torment, or is it a place of annihilation, i.e., a place of non-existence, or is it a place of non-conscious existence? There are those who believe in a literal hell, but they do not believe that those who are consigned to it will consciously suffer there for any great length of time.


They hold either that those who are sent to hell are annihilated, or else that they exist there in a non-conscious state. Of course, this would be an everlasting hell, and everlasting punishment, but is it the hell that is taught in the Bible? Is the lake of fire a place of continued conscious torment, or is it a place of non-conscious existence? In answer to this question let me call your attention to the fact that the punishment of the wicked is spoken of in the Bible most frequently as “Death” and “Destruction.” What do these words mean in biblical usage?


Let us look first at the biblical usage of the word “Death.” Many tell us, time and time again, that death means non-existence, or at least non-conscious existence, and therefore that is what it must mean in the passages where it is spoken of [as the future punishment of the impenitent. But does “death” as used in the Bible mean either non-conscious existence, or annihilation?


Look first at 1 Tim. 5:6; here we read, “She that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.” Death here certainly does not mean either non-existence, or non-conscious existence. The woman that lives in pleasure still exists, and she certainly exists consciously, but she is “dead.” Death means wrong existence rather than non-existence. It is just the opposite of life, and life in the New Testament usage does not mean mere existence, it means right existence.


God-like existence, holy existence. It means the ennoblement and glorification and deification of existence; and death means just the opposite, it means wrong existence, debased existence, the ruin, the shame, and the ignominy and the despair of existence. In a similar way we are told in Eph. 2:1, that men until they are quickened, or made alive, by the power of God are “Dead in trespasses and sins.” It is perfectly clear then that death does not mean either non-existence, or non-conscious existence.


But even more decisive than this is the fact that God Himself has defined death very accurately and very fully in Rev. 21:8: “But the fearful and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolators, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.” 


Here we are told in so many words that the “death” which is [the final outcome of persistent sin and unbelief is a portion in the place of torment, the lake of fire. That this lake of fire is a place of conscious suffering is made clear in the preceding chapter, Rev. 20:10, where we are told that “the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” The beast and false prophet had already been there a thousand years when the devil was cast into the lake of fire, and they were tormented consciously, without rest.


Now let us look at what “Destruction” means in the New Testament. We are told by a certain school of religious thought that “destruction” means destruction. Yes, “destruction” means destruction, but what does destruction mean? They say it means annihilation, or ceasing to be, but the Greek word so translated never means that in the Bible, nor even out of the Bible.


In the best Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament extant, Thayer’s translation of Grimm’s great work, we are told that when a thing is said to “perish” (and the verb from which the noun commonly translated “destruction” and “perdition” is derived, is the one translated “to perish”) it is not meant that it ceases to be, but that it is “so ruined that it no longer subserves the use for which it was designed.”


Furthermore, here again God has been careful to define His terms. He Himself has given us in the Bible a definition of “destruction.” We read in Rev. 17:8, 11: “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition; and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder . . . and the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.” 


Here we are told that the beast goes into “perdition.” The word here translated “perdition” is precisely the same word that is elsewhere translated “destruction” and should be so translated here; or else in the other instances it should be translated, as here, “perdition.” Now if we can find what the beast goes into, then we shall know exactly what “destruction” means, for we are told that he goeth “into destruction.”


In the 19th chapter of Revelation, the 20th verse, we are told exactly where the beast goes: “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” 


Now looking forward to the next chapter, the 10th verse, which I have already quoted, we read: “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where are also the beast and the false prophet, and they shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” 


Putting these passages together we see that the beast goeth into “destruction,” and the destruction into which he goes is a place in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, where for a thousand years he is in conscious torment, and where after the thousand years are over he is still there and is still tormented. So then “destruction” is clearly defined in the New Testament in the same way in which “death” is defined, as the condition of beings in a place of conscious torment.


Again in Rev. 14:10, 11, we read regarding those who worship the beast and his image and receive his mark in their foreheads or in their hands: “The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb; and the smoke of their torment ascendeth for ever and ever; and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” 


The Bible makes it clear as language can make it that the lake of fire to which “whoever is not written in the Lamb’s book of life” is consigned, is a place of continued, conscious torment. There is no escaping the clear teaching of the Word of God unless we throw our Bibles away and discredit the teaching of the Apostles and the teaching of Jesus Christ Himself.


Sherman said, “War is hell.” Of course, in the way in which Sherman meant it, this is true. It is far more true of war to-day than it was in the worst and most inexcusable phases of our Civil War—Libby and Andersonville, for example, on the part of the South, and the march through Georgia on the part of the North. But even war to-day as carried on by Germany in all its appalling frightfulness, is not hell.


Hell is incomparably more awful than the war now raging in Europe, and this awful hell of which we have been studying to-night is the destiny of some of you here in this room, unless you soon repent and accept the Lord Jesus Christ. Other appalling facts about hell we will take up next Sunday night, but we have already seen enough to make any true Christian determine to work with all his might to save others from this awful hell. And we have seen enough to make every honest and sensible person here to-night determine to escape this awful hell at any cost.


Excerpt From – The Fundamental Doctrines Of The Christian Faith By Reuben Archer Torrey.



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“In danger of the hell of fire.”—Matt. 5:22.


But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. 

Matthew 5:22 

I wish that the things that I am going to preach to you were not true. God wishes so, too, “The Lord is longsuffering to us ward, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). But God has made us in His own image, with a moral nature, with a capacity for self-determination, with a power of choice; and men can if they will choose darkness instead of light.


They can choose to trample God’s saving love under foot. They can choose to reject the One who was wounded for their transgressions and bruised for their iniquities, and upon whom the chastisement of their peace was laid; and some will so choose. I am sorry that they will. I would be willing to die to save them.


The Lord Jesus did die to save them. But they spurn Him. So these things that I am to speak to-night are true and I am going to preach them in order that you may know them, and in order that you may be sure of them. I am [going to preach about hell to keep as many of you as possible from going there.


Is There a Literal Hell? Almost all intelligent people who believe that there is a future life at all, believe that men and women who sin in the present life and who die impenitent and unsaved will be punished to some extent at least in the life that is to come. They believe that whoever sins must suffer, and that the suffering which sin causes will not be limited to this present life.


But, while almost all intelligent people who believe in a future life at all believe that there is some kind of future punishment, there are many that do not believe in a literal hell, that is, in a place of awful and unutterable torment. Is there a hell? Is there a place to which impenitent men and women will go some time after death and suffer agonies far beyond those that any one suffers here on earth? Some say, “yes,” there is a hell.


Many, even including not a few supposedly orthodox preachers, say, “No, the only hell is the inward hell in a man’s heart.” How are we to settle this question? How are we to determine who is right? We cannot settle it as some are trying to settle it by “counting noses.” Majorities are not always right. Especially is it true that majorities are not always right in science and in philosophy and in theology.


What the majority of scientists firmly believed a century ago the majority of scientists laugh at to-day. What the majority of philosophers once [believed, the majority of philosophers to-day regard as ridiculous. So majorities cannot always be right. And, therefore, we cannot settle this question by asking what the majority believe.


We cannot settle the question by reasoning as to what such a being as God must do, for how can finite and foolish man judge what an infinitely holy and infinitely wise God would do? Man never appears more foolish than when he tries to reason out what an infinite God must do. All these arguments about hell by reasoning as to what God must, or must not, do are stupid.


A child of seven cannot reason infallibly as to what a wise and good man of fifty will do, much less can puny creatures of the dust (such as you and I are, such as the most learned philosophers and theologians are) reason infallibly as to what an infinitely wise and infinitely holy God must do. It is, however, far easier to believe in a literal hell, and an everlasting hell, from the standpoint of pure reasoning to-day than it was three years and a half ago. Nevertheless, we cannot settle the question as to whether there is a literal hell by reasoning even to-day as to what such a being as God must do.


There is only one way to settle this question right, that is by going to the Bible and finding out what it says, and taking our stand firmly and unhesitatingly upon that. We have seen the last three Sunday nights that the Bible is beyond an honest question God’s word, so whatever the Bible says on this subject, or any other subject, is true and is sure.


Especially is it true that we must go to the Bible and find what it says in the matter of future punishment and future blessedness. All we know about the future is what the Bible tells us. All reasoning about the future outside of what the Bible tells us is pure guessing, it is a waste of time. We know nothing about heaven but what the Bible tells us, and we know nothing about hell but what the Bible tells us.


On a subject like this one ounce of God’s revelation is worth a thousand tons of man’s speculation. The whole question is what does the Bible say about Hell? But while we are dependent entirely upon the Bible, the Bible clearly reveals all that we need to know.


The Bible tells us a great deal about heaven, and it tells us still more about hell, and it is an interesting fact that the Lord Jesus Himself, whose authority many are ready to accept who do not accept the authority of the rest of the Bible, is the One Who tells us the most about hell, and the most clearly about hell. Indeed, all that I am going to show you is what the Lord Jesus Himself says on this subject.


Excerpt From – The Fundamental Doctrines Of The Christian Faith By Reuben Archer Torrey.



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1. The first result of the atoning death of Jesus Christ is that a propitiation is provided for the whole world.


We read in 1 John 2:2, “He is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the whole world.” This plainly means that by the death of Jesus Christ a basis is provided upon which God can deal in mercy and does deal in mercy with the whole world.


All of God’s dealings in mercy with any man are on the ground of Christ’s death. Only on the ground of Christ’s death could God deal in mercy with any man. God’s dealings in mercy with the rankest blasphemer or the most blatant atheist is on the ground of the atoning death of Jesus Christ.


2. In the second place through the atoning death of Jesus Christ all men obtain resurrection from the dead.


We read in Rom. 5:18, “So then as through one trespass (i.e., the trespass of Adam) the judgment came unto all men to condemnation; even so through one act of righteousness (i.e., through Christ’s righteous act in dying on the cross in obedience to the will of God) the free gift came unto all men to justification of life.” And we are told in 1 Cor. 15:22, “As in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” 


The Apostle Paul in the whole chapter is speaking about the resurrection of the body, not about eternal life, and he here distinctly teaches that as every child of Adam loses life (physical life—see Gen. 3:19) in the first Adam, so also in Jesus Christ, the second Adam, he obtains resurrection from the dead, through the atoning death of Jesus Christ. Every man, the rankest infidel as well as the most devout believer, will some day be raised from the dead because Christ died in his place.


Whether the resurrection which he obtains through the death of Jesus Christ shall be a “resurrection of life” or a “resurrection of condemnation,” “shame and everlasting contempt” (John 5:28, 29; Dan. 12:2) depends entirely upon what attitude the individual takes toward the Christ in whom he gets the resurrection.


3. By the atoning death of Jesus Christ all believers in Jesus Christ have forgiveness of all their sins. 


We read in Eph. 1:7, “In whom (i.e., in Jesus Christ) we have our redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.” Because Jesus Christ died as a full satisfaction for our sins, forgiveness of sin is not something which believers are to do something to secure, it is something which the blood of Jesus Christ has already secured and which our faith has already appropriated to ourselves; “we have forgiveness,” we are forgiven.


Every believer in Jesus Christ is forgiven every sin he ever committed or ever shall commit, because Jesus Christ shed His blood in his place. Through Christ’s atoning death all believers in Him, although they once “were enemies,” are now “reconciled to God by the death of His Son.” As we read in Rom. 5:10, “While we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son.” 


That is to say, the enmity between God and the sinner is done away with, or, as Paul puts it in Col. 1:20, Christ has “made peace through the blood of His cross,” or, as he puts it in the next verse but one, Col. 1:22, Christ “hath reconciled” believers “in the body of His flesh through death.”


The story is told of a faithful vicar in England who was told that one of his parishioners was dying. She was a good woman, but he hurried to her side to talk with her. As he sat down by the side of the dying woman he said to her very gently but solemnly, “They tell me you have not long to live.” “No,” she replied, “I know I have not.” “They tell me you will probably not live through the night.” “No,” she replied, “I do not expect to live through the night.” Then he said very earnestly, “Have you made your peace with God?” She replied, “No, I have not.” “And are you not afraid to meet God without having made your peace with Him?” “No, not at all,” she calmly replied. Again he said to her, “Do you understand what I am saying? Do you realise that you are at the point of death?” “Yes.” “Do you realise you will probably not live through the night?” “Yes.” “And you have not made your peace with God?” “No.” “And you are not afraid to meet God?” “No, not at all.”


There was something about the woman’s manner that made him feel there was something back of her words, and he said to her, “What do you mean?” She replied, “I know I am dying. I know I am very near death. I know I shall not live through the night. I know I must soon meet God, and I am not at all disturbed, for I know that I did not need to make my peace with God, because Jesus Christ made peace with God for me more than eighteen hundred years ago by His death on the cross of Calvary, and I am resting in the peace that Jesus Christ has already made.”


The woman was right: no man needs to make his peace with God, Jesus Christ has already made peace by His atoning death, and all we have to do is to enter into the peace which Jesus Christ has made for us, and we enter into that peace by simply believing in the One who made peace by His death upon the cross. Jesus Christ’s work was a complete and perfect work. There is nothing to be added to it. We cannot add anything to it, and we do not need to add anything to it. Jesus Christ has “made peace through the blood of His cross.”


4. The fourth result of the atoning death of Jesus Christ is that because of the atoning death of Jesus Christ all believers in Him are justified.


We read in Rom.5:9, “Being now justified by His blood.” Justification is more than forgiveness. Forgiveness is negative, the putting away of our sins, manifested in God’s treating us as if we never had sinned.


Justification is positive, the reckoning of us positively righteous, the imputing to us the perfect righteousness of God in Jesus Christ, not merely the treating us as if we had never sinned, but the reckoning us clothed upon with perfect righteousness. By reason of Jesus Christ’s atoning death there is an absolute interchange of position between Jesus Christ and His people.


In His death upon the cross Jesus Christ took our place of condemnation before God, and the moment we accept Him we step into His place of perfect acceptance before God. As Paul puts it in 2 Cor. 5:21, “Him who knew no sin He made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 


Jesus Christ stepped into our place in the curse and rejection, and the moment we accept Him we step into His place of perfect acceptance, or as it has been expressed by another:”Near, so very near to God,Nearer I cannot be;For in the person of His Son,I’m just as near as He.Dear, so very dear to God,Dearer I cannot be;For in the person of His Son,I’m just as dear as He.”


5. Furthermore, because of the full atonement that Jesus Christ has made by the shedding of His blood, by His atoning death on the cross, every believer in Him can enter boldly into the holy place, into the very presence of God.


As it is put in Heb. 10:19, 20, “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holy place (i.e., into the very presence of God) by the blood of Jesus, by the way which He dedicated for us, a new and living way, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh; and having a great priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in fullness of faith.” 


Oh, how some of us hesitate to come into the presence of God when we think of the greatness and the number of our sins, and when we think how holy God is, how the very seraphim (the “burning ones,” burning in their own intense holiness) veil their faces and feet in His presence and unceasingly cry “Holy, holy, holy, is Jehovah of Hosts” (Isa.6:2, 3).


“God is Holy,” we think. “Yes.” “And I am a sinner.” “Yes.” But by the wondrous offering of Christ “once for all” I am “perfected forever,” and on the ground of that blood so precious and so sufficient unto God, I can march boldly into the very presence of God, look up with unveiled face into His face and call Him “Father,” and pour out before Him every desire of my heart. Oh, wondrous blood!


6. But this is not all. Because of the atoning death of Jesus Christ those who believe in Him shall ever live with Him. 


How plainly Paul puts it in 1 Thess. 5:10, “Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, (i.e., at His coming), we should live together with Him.” 


7. Further yet, because of the atoning death of Jesus Christ, all those who believe on Him receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.


This is what we are told in Heb. 9:15, “And for this cause He is the mediator of a new covenant, that a death having taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant, they that have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.” I wish I had time to dwell upon that.


8. There are other results of the atoning death of Jesus Christ as regards the Devil and his angels, into which we have no time to go.


Just one more thing as regards the results of the atoning death of Jesus Christ as it relates to the material universe. God teaches us that through the death of Jesus Christ the material universe—”all things, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven”—is reconciled unto God. These are His words, “For it was the good pleasure of the Father that in Him (i.e., in Jesus Christ) should all the fullness dwell and, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in Heaven” (Col. 1:19, 20).


These are wonderful words. They tell us that the death of Jesus Christ has a relation to the material universe, to things on earth and to things in heaven, as well as to us and our sins. The material universe has fallen away from God in connection with sin (Rom. 8:20, R. V.Gen. 3:18). Not only earth but heaven has been invaded and polluted by sin (Eph. 6:12, R. V.Heb. 9:23, 24).


Through the death of Jesus Christ this pollution is put away. Just as the blood of the Old Testament sacrifice was taken into the most holy place, the type of heaven, so Christ has taken the blood of the better sacrifice into heaven itself and cleansed it.


“All things . . . whether they be things in earth or things in heaven” are now reconciled to God. “The creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God” (Rom. 8:21). “We look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13).


The atonement of Jesus Christ has an immense sweep—far beyond the reach of our human philosophies. We have just begun to understand what the blood that was spilled on Calvary means. Sin is a far more awful, ruinous, and far-reaching evil than we have been wont to think, but the blood of Christ has a power and efficiency, the fullness of which only eternity will disclose.


Excerpt From – The Fundamental Doctrines Of The Christian Faith By Reuben Archer Torrey.



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Some issues are not about a person’s political inclinations. Some issues are not about whether a person is a republican or a democrat. Some issues are simply about doing what is right. Some issues are about the truth and our consciousness. Some issues are beyond people and they are about God.


The issue of the death penalty is one such issue.


God commands us not to murder. I believe that since none of us has ever created a life, we have no right to take a life. Human beings have enough challenges without having to carry the burden of killing other human beings.


Let’s leave murder to God who created life in the first place. I believe if God wants to kill someone, he is able to do it without human help. That is why one of his commandments is that we should not kill.



“You shall not murder.”

Exodus 20:13


We have sadly become a society that encourages the most gross kinds of wickedness and human behavior. In fact, I have no idea how the death penalty has stood for so long in this world. It’s archaic and outdated. 


Governor Gavin Newson of California has done a righteous thing by halting the death penalty. It’s long over due. I believe the light is finally starting to shine into the darkness of California.


The spiritual revival we have been praying to sweep  through California and lead to healing is finally beginning.


With over 700 inmates on the death row, some innocent, mentally ill or too old, there is really nothing to be gained by killing them.


Living in jail, away from family and a normal life is punishment enough for a human being.


Most human beings can’t even manage staying in their room, the whole day without talking to other human beings. One can therefore only imagine the kind of emotional turmoil and trauma that inmates experience. 


If Jesus could forgive the criminal on the cross next to him, then we have an obligation to show mercy and forgive other human beings.


One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Luke 23:39-43


I thank Governor Gavin Newson for being bold, audacious, strong and brave enough to stand and say NO to the death penalty.


Governor Gavin Newson’s stand is one of light, love, righteousness, justice in our world that is often filled with darkness, fear and hate. 


With the atmosphere in California, I know it was not an easy call for him to make, and yet, he went ahead to make the hard call anyway. That is brave and impressive.


I pray Jesus and his Holy spirit keep leading Governor Gavin Newson. I pray Jesus is able to do more righteous work through Governor Gavin.


God can use anyone. There is no partiality with God. Jesus is not a respecter of persons. Jesus is able to use both democrats and republicans in the advancement of his kingdom.



But glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does what is good, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. 11 There is no favoritism with God.

Romans 2:10-11


In the kingdom of Jesus, there are neither democrats or republicans. There are just people who need the love and grace of Abba.


Well done, Governor Gavin Newson. Jesus bless and keep you safe. Let him keep doing more righteous work through you.


Jesus loves you Gavin Newson, and so do I.



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“The future state of those who reject in the life that now is the redemption offered to them in Christ Jesus is plainly declared in the Word of God to be a state of conscious, unutterable, endless torment and anguish. This conception is an appalling one, but it is the Scriptural conception. It is the unmistakable, inescapable teaching of God’s own word.


I wish that all men would repent and accept Christ. If any one could show me one single passage in the Bible that clearly taught that all men would ultimately repent, accept Christ and be saved, it would be the happiest day of my life, but it cannot be found. I once thought it could, and I so believed and taught.


These ideas so widely noised about to-day as something new, these theories of “Pastor” Russell, formerly of Pittsburg, Mr. Gelesnoff of this city, and Dr. Mabie of Long Beach, and Mr. Pridgeon of Pittsburg, and many others, are not at all new to me. I held and taught substantially the same views regarding ultimate universal salvation years before these men were heard of, indeed nearly forty years ago. I was familiar with the arguments that they now urge, and other arguments which they do not seem to know, but which were to me more decisive than those that they urge.


But the time came, as I studied the Bible more carefully, when I could not reconcile my teaching with what I found to be the unmistakable teaching of God’s Word. I had to do one of three things: I had to either give up my belief that the Bible was the Word of God, or else I must twist the words of Jesus (and others in the New Testament) to mean something else than what they clearly appeared to teach, or else I must give up my doctrine of ultimate universal restoration and salvation.


I could not give up my faith that the Bible was the Word of God, for I had found absolutely overwhelming proof that it was God’s Word. I could not twist the words of Jesus and of others to mean something else than what was clearly their intended meaning, for I was an honest man.


There was only one thing left to do and that was to give up my doctrine of universal restoration and salvation. I gave it up with great reluctance, but I was compelled to give it up or be untrue to my own reason and conscience. It is the inescapable teaching of the Word of God that all who go out of this world without having accepted Jesus Christ, will spend eternity in hell, in a hell of unutterable, conscious anguish.


This Bible conception is also a reasonable one when we come to see the appalling nature of sin, and especially the appalling nature of the sin of trampling under foot God’s mercy toward sinners, and rejecting God’s glorious Son, Whom in His love He has provided as a Saviour.


Shallow views of sin and of God’s holiness and of the glory of Jesus Christ lie at the bottom of weak theories of the doom of the impenitent. When we see Sin in all its hideousness and enormity, the Holiness of God in all its perfection, and the Glory of Jesus Christ in all its infinity, nothing but a doctrine that those who persist in the choice of sin, who love darkness rather than light, and who persist in the rejection of the Son of God, shall endure everlasting anguish, will satisfy the demands of our own moral intuitions.


Nothing but the fact that we dread suffering more than we loathe sin, and more than we love the glory of Jesus Christ, makes us repudiate the thought that beings who eternally choose sin should eternally suffer, or that men who despise God’s mercy and spurn His Son should be given over to endless anguish.


If, after men have sinned and God still offers them mercy, and makes the tremendous sacrifice of His Son to save them—if they still despise that [mercy and trample God’s Son under foot, if then they are consigned to everlasting torment, I cannot but say, “Amen! Hallelujah! True and righteous are thy judgments, O Lord!”


At all events the doctrine of conscious, eternal torment for impenitent men is clearly revealed in the Word of God, and whether we can defend it on philosophical grounds or not, it is our business to believe it; and leave it to the clearer light of eternity to explain what we cannot now understand, realising that God may have many infinitely wise reasons for doing things for which we in our ignorance can see no sufficient reason at all. It is the most ludicrous conceit for beings so limited and foolish as the wisest of men are, to attempt to dogmatise how a God of infinite wisdom must act. All we know as to how God is to act is what God has seen fit to tell us.


In conclusion, two things are certain. First, the more closely men walk with God and the more devoted they become in His service, the more likely they are to believe this doctrine. Many there are who tell us they love their fellow men too much to believe this doctrine; but the men who show their love in more practical ways than by sentimental protestations about it, the men who show their love for their fellow men as Jesus Christ showed His, by laying down their lives for them, they believe this doctrine, even as Jesus Christ Himself believed it.


As Christians become worldly and easy-going [they grow loose in their doctrine concerning the doom of the impenitent. The fact that loose doctrines are spreading so rapidly and widely in our day is nothing for them, but against them, for worldliness is also spreading in the church (1 Tim. 4:1; 2 Tim. 3:1; 4:2, 3). Increasing laxity of life and increasing laxity of doctrine go arm in arm.


Second, men who accept a loose doctrine regarding the ultimate penalty of sin, be it Universalism, Restorationism, or Annihilationism, or that fantastic combination, or conglomeration, of them all, Millennial Dawnism, lose their power for God. I have seen this proven over and over again.


These men may be and are very clever at argument, and very zealous in proselyting, but they are seldom found beseeching men to be reconciled to God. They are far more likely to be found trying to upset the faith of those already won by the efforts of those who do believe in everlasting punishment than trying to win men who have no faith at all.


If you really believe the doctrine of the endless torment of the impenitent, if the doctrine really gets hold of you, you will work as you never worked before for the salvation of the lost. If you in any wise abate the doctrine, it will abate your zeal. Time and time again I have come up to this awful doctrine and tried to find some way of escape from it, but when I have failed, as I always have failed at last, when I have determined to be honest with the Bible and myself, I have [returned to my work with an increased burden for souls and an intensified determination to spend and be spent for their salvation.


Eternal, conscious suffering, suffering without the least ray of hope of relief, awaits every one of you here to-night who goes on persistently rejecting Jesus Christ, as you are rejecting Him to-night, and who shall pass out of this world having rejected Him. In that world of never ending gloom there will be no possibility of repentance. As you look out into the future there will not be one single ray of hope. “Forever and ever” will be the unceasing wail of that restless sea of fire.


After you have been there ten million years and look out toward the future you will see eternity still stretching on and on and on and on, with no hope. Oh, men and women out of Christ, why will you risk such a doom for a single year, or a month, or a week, or a day? Hell is too awful to risk for five minutes the chance of going there. There is but one rational thing for you to do, that is to accept Christ and accept Him right now as your Saviour, surrender to Him as your Lord and Master, confess Him as such before the world, and strive from this time on to please Him in everything day by day. Any other course is utter madness.


Excerpt From – The Fundamental Doctrines Of The Christian Faith By Reuben Archer Torrey. 


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The Powerful Things That The Blood Of Jesus Can Do – Faith In Jesus Christ

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The Powerful Things That The Blood Of Jesus Can Do – Faith In Jesus.

Have you ever felt like the devil is viciously after you? You are probably a “good christian” and believer who does what is supposedly right and yet for one reason or another, the devil seems to be attacking you.

I have felt that way. As the devil and his agents pelt accusations at me. Reminding me of past sins, transgressions and iniquities.

For a long time I struggled with this. I didn’t understand what I was doing wrong to be so attacked and malingered. Then one day as I was reading through the scriptures, I came across a powerful passage in the book of Revelations.

The salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Messiah have now come, because the accuser of our brothers has been thrown out:
the one who accuses them before our God day and night.
11 They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not love their lives in the face of death.

Revelation 12:10-11

They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not love their lives in the face of death. Revelation 12_11 Bible Verse Instagram Post

This Bible verse opened my eyes on how believers defeat the enemy.

It also revealed to me that believers were under utilizing the Blood of Jesus.

Many believers do not know much about the Blood of Jesus and how they can use it to break the enemy’s strong holds in their lives.

During the last supper, Jesus told his disciples that his blood was part of the New Convent for the forgiveness of sins.

Then He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He gave it to them and said, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood that establishes the covenant; it is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Matthew 26:27-28

Don’t allow the devil to guilt you and shame you for past sins. The blood of Jesus is able to make new and cleanse completely. If you are struggling with sin, go to the father, ask to be washed in the blood of Jesus and repent of your sins.

And if the devil ever dares to start accusing you and reminding you of the past or your shortcomings, just give him your testimony and plead the blood of Jesus.

The blood of Jesus will render all the power and wiles of the enemy powerless.

If you need to know more about the blood of Jesus and what it can do, please read the  brilliant and expository article on the Blood of Jesus by Anomalous Darling.

If you’ve been reading Anomalous Darlings for an extended amount of time, you probably know two things to be true (in addition to my love for Jesus, family and cupcakes): 1) I, too struggle with surrendering to God and 2) I enjoy mystery murder T.V. shows and books. It’s an unlikely combination, but let me […]

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Sarah – Scandal To Salvation – Scandalous Women In The Bible

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Friend: “Hannah, why do Christians act so Holier than Thou? Like goody two shoes who never sin.”

Me: I don’t think that is a fair assessment of Christians. Most Christians are just flawed people who have found salvation from scandal. Sinners saved by the mercy and grace of God.

Friend: “Really?” Going by the way most Christians have become so judgemental and critical, that is hard to believe.”

Me: Let me tell you about some scandalous people in the Bible and how they were able to find salvation in the midst of their sins and scandal.

Today, we shall be speaking about Sarai who became Sarah in our series on Scandalous Women in the Bible and how their Scandal, Sin and Shame was turned to salvation and redemption by the Lord God almighty who is able to forgive sins and change destinies for the best.

I will put a spin on the write ups:

I will start off by writing how our media houses today might have sensationalized and told the stories of these women. After that, I will write on what the Bible actually tells us happened.

The Media Headlines of Modern Times Would Probably Carry:

  • Scientists are baffled and are trying to investigate how an elderly post menopausal woman could give birth to a healthy baby boy.
  • Sister and Brother get married sending worldwide shockwaves.
  • Wife given away to neighbors by her husband so he can get food and other favors.
  • Woman surprises her friends by encouraging her husband to sleep with her maid.
  • Woman anger’s and enrages feminists when she chooses to address her husband as, “My Lord.”

What the Bible Says:

1. God promised Sarah and her Husband Abraham a Son and that She would be the Mother of Nations.

15 Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16 And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her.”
17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?”

Genesis 17:15-17

10 And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.”
(Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.) 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. 12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”

Genesis 18:10-12

2. Sarah, doubted the promises God had made to her husband Abraham. Because of her doubt and fear, she asked her husband to sleep with Hagar so that he could get children by her.

So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai. 3 Then Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram

Genesis 16:2-3

3. Sarah, was about to sleep with another man, Abimelech after Abraham claimed she was his sister. But God intervened and she did not sleep with Abimelech.

Now Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. 3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, “Indeed you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.”
4 But Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, “Lord, will You slay a righteous nation also? 5 Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she, even she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands I have done this.”

Genesis 20:2-5

4. Sarah, was Abraham’s Half Sister.

12 But indeed she is truly my sister. She is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife. 13 And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said to her, ‘This is your kindness that you should do for me: in every place, wherever we go, say of me, “He is my brother.”

Genesis 20:12-13

5. Scandal to Salvation: God kept his promise to Sarah and Abraham. Sarah gave birth to Isaac.

And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken. 2 For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. 3 And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him—whom Sarah bore to him—Isaac.

Genesis 21:1-3

I pray this post encourages someone and let’s them know that God is faithful even when we are not faithful. God always keeps his promises.

I pray this post speaks to someone to let them know that whatever their sin, God can redeem and forgive them.

I pray this post inspires someone to let them know that whatever the scandal they find themselves in, whatever the world and everyone says about them, there is still Salvation. God is able to raise anyone from Scandal to Salvation.

The love of Jesus is so wide, so high, so deep there is no sin, no scandal, his love can’t make right.

The grace of Jesus is so immeasurable, there is no sin, no guilt, no shame, he can’t forgive and erase.

Hannah

Eve – Scandal To Salvation – Scandalous Women In The Bible

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Friend: “Hannah, why do Christians act so Holier than Thou? Like goody two shoes who have never sin.”

Me: I don’t think that is a fair assessment of Christians. Most Christians are just flawed people who have found salvation from scandal. Sinners saved by the mercy and grace of God.

Friend: “Really?” Going by the way most Christians have become so judgemental and critical, that is hard to believe.”

Me: Let me tell you about some scandalous people in the Bible and how they were able to find salvation in the midst of their sins and scandal.

Brethren, the conversation above with a dear friend is the inspiration for the series on Scandal to Salvation where we shall be exploring the stories of various women in the Bible and how they were able to find the abounding, eternal, redemptive Salvation of God. How these women rose from Sin and scandal.

I will put a spin on the write ups:

I will start off by writing how our media houses today might have sensationalized and told the stories of these women. After that, I will write on what the Bible actually tells us happened.

I start with the first woman in all of creation: Eve! 

The Media Headlines of Modern Times Would Probably Carry:

  • Woman caught speaking with a serpent: Might have Magical Powers or Be Mentally Disturbed.
  • Mother loses son in family brawl where the jealous elder brother kills his younger brother over sacrifice.
  • Unashamedly, Woman betrays her family and the rest of mankind.
  • Woman found red handed breaking the Law and inviting curses onto her kin.
  • Husband tempted by wife into eating poisonous fruit that kills both of them.
  • Husband and wife both naked asked to leave luxurious accommodation premises after angering the Landlord.

What the Bible Says:

1. Eve, Wife of Adam, Adam’s HelpMate and Rib.

Adam named his wife Eve because she was the mother of all the living. 

21 The Lord God made clothing out of skins for Adam and his wife, and He clothed them.

Genesis 3:20-21

2. Mother of Cain, Abel and Seth. Mother of all the Living. 

Adam was intimate with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain. She said, “I have had a male child with the Lord’s help.” 2 Then she also gave birth to his brother Abel.

Genesis 4:1-2 

3. Eve, unfortunately succumb’s to sin after being tempted by the devil

1 Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?”

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. 3 But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’”

4 “No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

Genesis 3:1-7

4. Eve punished by God for her Sin and Transgression.

He said to the woman: I will intensify your labor pains; you will bear children in anguish.

Your desire will be for your husband, yet he will rule over you.

Genesis 3:16

5. God Promises Redemption and Salvation from Sin and Death.

Then the Lord God said to the serpent: Because you have done this, you are cursed more than any livestock

and more than any wild animal. You will move on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life.

15 I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will strike your head,

and you will strike his heel.

Genesis 3:14-1

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. 15 Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good.

Isaiah 7:14-15

6. Scandal to Salvation: God fulfills his promise.

1 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

Luke 1:31-33

4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 

5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

Galatians 4:4-5

Eve the first woman was tempted by the serpent and she fell from Grace by eating the forbidden fruit and sharing it with her husband.

This led to her, Adam and the rest of mankind being cursed and chased from the Garden of Eden.

Yet despite this curse, God promised that her seed would eventually crush the Serpent’s head.

God is faithful and he kept his promises.

Many centuries after her fall from grace and scandal, Jesus Christ was born of a woman. This same Jesus came to redeem the whole of mankind and offer salvation to everyone. Jesus brought forgiveness and grace and everyone who believes in him, will not perish but they will have everlasting life.

I pray this post speaks to someone to let them know that whatever their sin, God can redeem and forgive them.

I pray this post inspires someone to let them know that whatever the scandal they find themselves in, whatever the world and everyone says about them, there is Salvation waiting for them. 

God is able to raise anyone from Scandal to Salvation.

The love of Jesus is so wide, so high, so deep there is no sin, no scandal, his love can’t can’t make right.

The grace of Jesus is so immeasurable, there is no sin, guilt, no shame, he can’t forgive and erase.

Hannah

Spiritual Revival And Renewal Is Coming To California – Faith – Powerful Stories

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For a long time now, California, especially San Francisco and Los Angeles have been labelled a sort of play ground for the devil.

I have never quite understood how a State with cities named Los Angeles, meaning, “The Angels” and San Fransisco named for Saint. Francis of Assisi could be so plunged with so much iniquity and demons instead.

What not with all the going on’s in  Hollywood  and all the gay parades and havens San Francisco is famous for. Recently Mel Gibson on the Graham Norton Show had some rather shocking revelations to share concerning Hollywood Elites, going as far as alleging that, ” They thrive on breaking every God-given taboo known to man. They have a blatant disregard for the good of the people. Destroying people’s lives is just a game to them. The more pain they can cause, the better the thrill. Children a just sustenance to them. They feast on the pain and fear, and the younger, the better. These people follow their own religion and use it for moral guidance. It’s not the sort of religious teachings you folks would ever hear about. They perform sacred rituals that are sick and totally at odds with the moral fabric that binds most patriotic Americans. The worst part: It’s an open secret in Hollywood and everyone wants in on it.”

All things he shared sound like something out of a movie and not real life. I can only pray his life is safe after those revelations. What not with all the occult and ritualistic descriptions sounding like some sort of modern day witchcraft and sorcery.

After all the scandals that kept pouring out of the state, e.g Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey etc week after week and then the occurrence of the Monstrous Thomas Fire and all the devastation it caused, I guess some folks woke up and started seriously seeking the face of the Lord for the State.

Now, Hope starts to trickle in with wonderful News like a Christian High School Student standing up to the High School Board requesting for the current District Policy which states that,” Philosophical and Religious Theories not be discussed during Science Class” be changed so that he is able to express his religious views, one starts to feel like the Holy Spirit is about to Visit California to do some much needed house cleaning.

In many ways, one can feel the spiritual war that is raging over the state as various phenomenon sweep through the state.

But the Holy Spirit is moving through the world and `California will not be left behind! There is hope for California.

Hillsong held its awesome conference in Los Angeles and various Saints prayed for the State. I know many people are praying for the state that Jesus will move and heal California of it’s iniquities.

Even if many people in the world have given up on the salvation of California, Jesus and his Holy Spirit have not given up on California. Revival and Renewal is coming to the Golden State. Jesus is going to be glorified in California.

If I had any doubts before, because of all the news that keeps coming out of the state, the courage and boldness of 16 year old Grayson Mobley and his strong faith-in-jesus-christ/">faith in Jesus just started dispelling those doubts.

And as my doubts are dispelled, I’m compelled to ask, who else will join to take this mantle further and bring the Lord’s Ark to the City? How many people are willing to join in Sanctification like King David? Our world needs God. We need him to heal our Land and bless it. Let’s join those praying.

7 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and God struck him down there because of his error, and he died there beside the ark of God. 8 And David was angry because the Lord had broken out against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzzah to this day.

9 And David was afraid of the Lord that day, and he said, “How can the ark of the Lord come to me?” 10 So David was not willing to take the ark of the Lord into the city of David. But David took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.

11 And the ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and all his household.
12 And it was told King David, “The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing.

13 And when those who bore the ark of the Lord had gone six steps, he sacrificed an ox and a fattened animal. 14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might. And David was wearing a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn.

2 Samuel 6:7-15

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On The Floor – Poem

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On The Floor – Poem.


She is on the floor
Doubled over
Her body going through spasms
Not of pleasure but of pain
She is wailing
But you wouldn’t be able to tell
See, she doesn’t make a sound,
But if you take time to watch closely enough
You will know she is breaking
And if you keep watching long enough
You will finally see the pain kill her
Suffocating the breath and life
Out of her body until she becomes
Just another dead soul walking around
And if you keep watching long enough
You will see a man
A man who knows about broken people
A man who knows about dead souls walking around
You will see this man come to her
You will see this man hold her hand and raise her from the dead
You will see this man put her broken pieces back together
And if you keep watching long enough
You may even find out the man’s name.
Jesus!



Bible Verse:


“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
3 To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

Isaiah 61: 1-3



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