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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Of Orlando
3701 L. B. McLeod
Orlando, Florida 32805-5591
WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS
"Warning! Danger Ahead - Hell"
Revelation 20:11-15, Matthew 13:36-43
Print 298, CT 202232
Suppose you were going down a busy highway and you begin to notice a sign
that said, "Danger Ahead! Bridge out." In two hundred and sixty miles you saw 234
signs that said "Danger Ahead!" you'd begin to get the idea that there was danger in
front of you, wouldn't you? Well, did you know that in the New Testament-260
chapters in the New Testament-234 times it says, "Danger Ahead?"
There's a judgment to come and a place called hell. Yet today we find a lot of
people not willing to deal with the awful reality of hell. But the Bible never backs away
from this truth. The Bible says for us not to take it as idle speculation. Some people
say, 'Well, that's just something to scare people."
You know when Noah was preaching and said there was a judgment to come;
that God was going to send a rain upon the earth and to repent, nobody paid Him any
attention but God sent judgment. The signs were there, no one paid any attention
except the family of eight.
Jesus came and wept over Jerusalem. He said this city is going to be destroyed.
They laughed at Him. It was such a magnificent strong city, yet in seventy AD Titus the
Roman General, leveled it.
Warning ahead! Whenever the Bible says warning ahead, it has always been
true-never been wrong. And the Bible says we should not take the reality of hell as
Nor should we take it as an empty threat. Sometimes a mother will say, "Now if
you don't do that, I'll tell you what I'm going to do"-and never do anything. And
daddies do the same thingempty threats. Children soon learn that it's an empty
threat. But when the Bible says, 'There is danger ahead," it is not an empty threat
when God gives the warning.
It is also not to be ignored. And yet tragically it has been. Ken Concer(sp), who
was editor of Christianity Today for several years, the most evangelical of perhaps all
publications and certainly one of the most popular, said he looked back over his
preaching and found out that in three decades he had not preached on the subject of
hell. He had basically ignored it. Martin Marty, who is known for his scholarship and
study of the Christian Faith in America from the University of Chicago said a ve-r,
urteresting thing, "Hell has disappeared and no one apparently has noticed." At t)
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, they did a check over a fifty y fea
period of that church's pulpit ministry and found out that in fifty years not one of tt
pastors had addressed the subject of hell. I'm not saying just Presbyterians, I'mr su.]
there'd be some Baptist churches and some Methodist churches and some other
churches that simply have ignored the reality of what the Bible says about hell.
T h-ey asked Billy Graharm-by the way it's hard to ...
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