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How Much Do You Have To Hate Someone (4 of 4)
Series: Heaven And Hell
OPEN: (Showed "Scary" - a short video produced by "MinistryFlix" and offered on sermoncentral.com. The video introduced the fact that most people like to be scared a little bit on Halloween. The tag line was "Do you know what is really scary? Many of friends and family do NOT know Jesus as Lord and Savior.")
Every week, several of us preachers get together to work on our sermons. As we were working on this particular sermon series, one of the men suggested the title: "How much do you have to hate someone to NOT tell them about Jesus?"
The idea was that you'd have to hate someone really bad not to tell them about Jesus. Because if you didn't tell them about Jesus, they might end up in hell because you might be the only one they might hear about Him from.
The fact of the matter is: if we don't tell others the truth about Jesus and the coming judgment… somebody else will.
I recently talked with a young man who told me about a book he'd read. The book told about a man who had died on the operating table for a few minutes and then came back to life
The man who wrote this book told about his experience and what he'd seen and felt. He told about seeing heaven and what it looked like.
And he also told about hell - and one of the things he said was that he discovered that EVERYBODY goes to hell. Then, they would stay there until they'd burned off all their sins.
I smiled at the young man and said: "I much prefer the Bible's version."
Now, the book that boy read was basically teaching that Hell wasn't a place that could be avoided (PAUSE) it was a place that had to be endured - by EVERYBODY. But that eventually EVERYBODY would get out of hell ... and go to heaven.
Now that book's teaching has a certain appeal. I mean everybody realizes they have sins that need to be punished. And everybody realizes hell probably exists and they probably deserve to go t ...
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