Mistakes People Make About Hell
Dr. Brad Whitt
INTRO: Alright, take your copy of the Word of God now this morning and be finding your place at Luke chapter 16. We'll be looking this morning at verses 19-31. In these verses we have what used to be the well-known story of "The Rich Man and Lazarus." Now, it's still the story of "The Rich Man and Lazarus," that hasn't changed, but the reason I say that it "used to be" the well-known story because the subject of this story, and even the story itself, is not something that very many preachers are preaching on today. You see, the subject of this story is the horrible place called Hell.
Jesus told a story, its was a true story by the way, about two men - one who was extravagantly rich and the other who was extremely poor. And He told this story to teach us several truths about the place called Hell.
So, what I want to do this morning is simply go through this story and deal with (or debunk, if you will) some of the misunderstandings, some of the misconceptions, some of the mistakes that people make about this horrible, heinous, hideous place called Hell.
Let me ask you, have you ever made a mistake? You say, "Well, I thought I might have made a mistake one time, but I was wrong." I understand, but sure - WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES.
ILLUS: I heard about two Texans who were trying to impress each other with the size of their ranches. One Texan asked the other, "What's the name of your ranch?" He replied, "The Rocking R, ABC, Flying W, Circle C, Bar U, Staple Four, Box D, Rolling M, Rainbow's End, Silver Spur Ranch." "Wow, that sure is some kind of a name for a ranch! How many head of cattle do you have?" "Not many, very few survive the branding."
Well, we've all made mistakes. As a matter of fact, when I was interviewing with the Search Committee from Temple, I made this statement - "Am I going to make a few mistakes? NO. I'm going to make a bunch of them." And so far, I've ...
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