Oh, You’ll See…

“Good evening,” Pastor greeted us as we walked up to the door.

            “Good evening,” we replied.

            “Mr. Short-hand,” David greeted us. “I see you must have gone to the beach; your hair is wet.”

            I felt my head. “Yeah, I guess it is,” I stated. “Yes, we went to Biloxi with the Martins.”

            “Something fun to do,” David agreed.

            Several families had already arrived, since we were a little late (around 6:20 instead of closer to six).

            The service soon started, and then Brother Jesse Homes had the floor.

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Not Mad

“Well,” I stated Friday morning as we finished breakfast, “how does McComb sound?”

          “Let me guess,” Steve replied, “it’s an hour and a half away.”

          “Approximately,” I replied.

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          “Good evening, Amos,” Antoine greeted us that evening as we walked into the church.

          “Good evening,” I replied.

          “Mr. Short-hand,” Ed stated when he spotted us.

          “Well if I’m Mr. Short-hand,” I replied, “you must be Mr. Film, since you’re the ones filming.”

          “Could be,” he chuckled.

          “So how long have you known shorthand?” Antoine asked.

          “A little under a year,” I replied.

          “Like David said, that’s a handy skill,” Antoine agreed.

          I bit my lip.

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Dead Man

“Well,” I said that morning as we finished breakfast, “if everyone’s ready, we can leave for Slidell.”

          “Slidell?” Steve repeated.

          “It’s another city in Louisiana,” I told him. “About an hour and a half away.”

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          “Good evening,” Pastor Mast greeted us at the door.

          “Good evening,” I replied.

          “Mr. Short-hand,” David greeted, coming over.

          “You all are early,” Pastor Mast observed.

          “It would seem like it,” I agreed, since only David and his family and the Masts were here.

          A couple of minutes passed and the Martins pulled in.

          “Mr. Short-hand,” Edward greeted me. “How do you do?”

          “Good, thank you,” I replied.

          “Name’s Edward,” he stated. “Though most call me Ed. My wife, Emily; oldest daughter Anna; our oldest son, David; second daughter, Ruth; and these are our twin girls, Rachel and Rebecca.”

          “Amos Kauffman,” I replied, and introduced the rest.

          “David said you’re housing the Millers,” Felicity remarked.

          “Sure am,” Edward agreed. “It’s a little strange with two Anna’s in the house; Antoine’s wife is named Anna, also.”

          “This must be Mr. Short-hand,” Antoine remarked as he neared the spot.

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What the Hell

Of all the topics spoken of in Christianity, Hell has got to be one of the more popular. Some believe that Hell doesn’t exist; others believe that when a person dies and goes to Hell, they burn up into ashes and cease to exist. But what the Hell is the truth? (Yeah, bad pun, I know).

     Let’s first establish what Hell is. No, I don’t mean the psychological state of mind or the figurative hell we have to deal with at work or home at times, but the place spoken of as opposite of Heaven. Yeah, THAT Hell.

      The Bible never actually tells us where Hell is; just that it IS. While some speculate that Hell is in the center of the earth, that is somewhat impossible, as 1) Hell is a spiritual dimension like Heaven, and 2) Hell will last forever, while earth won’t. We’ll discuss this in a moment.

     So let’s just assume for the hell of it (sorry, I’ll stop) that Hell is  in some “alternate dimension”. What is it?

     The Bible describes Hell as a place of torment. The rich man in Luke 16 said he was “tormented in this flame”. Jesus said Hell is a place of fire in Mark 9.

     Hell is also described as eternal. Yes, eternal. Not temporary, not “you can buy your way out”, but forever. Jesus said the flame “dieth not” in Mark 9. In Revelation 20, Death and Hell are “cast into the lake of fire”, which will last forever.

     As far as the notion that you’ll go to Hell and burn up, that can easily be dispelled by Revelation 20:10. According to the Bible, Satan will be cast in the lake of fire “where the beast and the false prophet are”. Yep, after one thousand years, those two are still there. We won’t mention it says Hell “gave up the dead that were in [it]” three verses later. Oh shucks, I just did.

     “But a loving God won’t send someone to Hell.” Really? REALLY? The problem isn’t that God sent you there; YOU sent you there, when you rejected God. God originally designed a perfect world with no sin, no death, and no pain. But because God gave man a free choice, He had to make evil in order to have good and the ability to choose either. You can’t have light without dark; good without bad. It just doesn’t work. Furthermore, God originally designed Hell after Satan fell from Heaven (Matthew 25). But when man chooses to follow his own path instead of following God, much like a parent, God says “Okay, have it your way.” As one speaker put it, “I believe Hell will be so bad for the same reason Heaven will be so good. God is present in Heaven, and not in Hell.” I’m paraphrasing a little, but it’s a reasonable statement.

     So yes, Hell exists and is a nasty place to go, and while Jesus provided the only way to avoid Hell, He’s more than just your ticket out of Hell. So let’s be sure to take Jesus seriously when He says “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

                                                                                –Agent Winters

Moving

To my dear readers and followers:

I am moving over to Baptist Reporter and my Google+ page. I think I must do something different than WordPress. I cannot support the ads nor the rainbow flag that they displayed a couple of weeks ago. As I stated in last week’s post, the Bible does not support the gay agenda. I thank you for all the encouragement I have received, from likes to reads. I hope ya’ll have been blessed and that the posts have done their job in glorifying God, bringing the Gospel to others, and edifying the church.

I will be leaving this blog up, but will not be putting new posts on. From now on, posts will be on Baptist Reporter and Google+.

Thank you, dear readers.

Sincerely,

The Fundamental Baptist Reporter.