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 HELL-FIRE: Necessary, Reasonable, Loving?

[b]HELL-FIRE: A Necessary Reality Demanded by Divine Love and Reason[/b]

By Jesse Morrell

The Apostle Paul reasoned and persuaded with sinners. (Acts 17:2, 17:17, 18:4, 18:19, Acts 24:25) God does not discourage reasoning nor does He forbid reasoning. But God actually encourages reasoning. (Isaiah 1:18) Christians are to renew their minds (Ephesians 4:23), not remove their minds! True reason establishes the faith, it does not destroy it. Only an unreasonable faith fears reason, but true biblical faith does not fear reason, for God is a reasonable God and true reason is derived His Divine Intelligence.

The bible says that God is a good Governor with a good Government. (Ps 67:4, Ps 22:28, Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 2:6) And it is absolutely vital to understand that in the government of God, God is guided by His infinite Intelligence (Job 12:13, Proverbs 3:19-20, Proverbs 8:12, 22-30) and by His benevolent [loving] nature. (1John 4:8, 1John 4:16) God has a good and loving reason for everything He does; He is never malicious or unreasonable in any of His dealings. The judge of all the earth will do right! (Genesis 18:25)

So does the Divine Intelligence and the Divine Nature require the existence of hell? Is the existence of hell reasonable and loving? If God’s Divine Intelligence and Nature did not demand the existence of hell, then God would not have created it. But since the Divine Word declares that hell does exist, and that it was God who created it, and that God is wise and loving, then the Loving Nature of God and the Infinite Intelligence of God requires hell to exist; God cannot have it any other way without violating His own Intelligence and Nature. Hell is in fact one of the most reasonable and loving doctrines in the entire bible!

The existence of moral good in the universe requires the existence of God’s Moral Government in the universe; without it, there would be nothing but complete moral anarchy, chaos, and disaster! And government requires law. And every law must have precepts and every precept must have sanctions. Law without precept is no law, and precept without sanction is mere advice. Because God is reasonable and loving both the precepts of God’s moral laws and the sanctions of God’s moral laws are reasonable and loving. God’s entire Moral Government is reasonable and loving!

Jesus taught that the reason, or spirit of God’s law, was to do that which was good to the well-being of His people. (Luke 6:9) Jesus said that what was good was well-being and what was evil was ill-being. (Luke 16:25) God does what is good to those who are made in His image because He values them. (Matthew 14:36, Luke 12:7) God hates sin because God loves people. If God did not love people, He would have no reason to hate sin. God is pleased at the well-being of His creation (Genesis 1:31, Genesis 4:7, Isaiah 42:21) but God is grieved at the ill-being of His creation! (Genesis 6:5-6, Matthew 23:37, John 11:33) A truly good King loves his people; how much more so the King of Kings! (1Timothy 6:15, Revelations 17:14, Revelations 19:16)

The purpose of Government is to protect the well-being of the community; to promote its welfare. Every good government, that seeks to protect the community from harm and to promote its well-being, outlaws what is harmful (precepts), then publicly punish (sanctions) those who are a threat to the well-being of the community; isolating in prison those who cannot be trusted in the community. Every good government establishes jails and prisons, these are absolutely necessary. And every good judge sends to those places of punishment and isolation those who break good laws. The community would not be safe otherwise.

Because God wants to protect His creation that He loves and wants to promote the well-being of the universe, His precepts and sanctions are designed to secure that end. Sin is harmful and so the Law has a precept, sinners are harmful and so the Law has a sanction. Because God genuinely cares about the welfare of His creation, because God seeks the well-being of the people that He has created and loves, especially and specifically those made in His image, He outlaws all that is harmful (lying, stealing, adultery, murder, all manner of sin and selfishness, etc) and commands what is good and beneficial (love – genuinely caring for and valuing one another).

What is harmful is forbidden, what is good is commanded. “Jesus said, thou shalt not murder, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness.” (Matthew 19:18) Jesus also commanded, “Thou shalt love…” (Matthew 19:19, 22:37-39, Mark 12:30, Mark 12:31, Luke 10:27) And the Inspired Apostle wrote, “For this, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness, thou shalt not covet, and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Romans 13:9)

Consider family government, how loving parents command their children not to play in the road. The parents do not make this command arbitrarily, or simply to make their children miserable, but rather because they love their children and want the best for them. God is our loving Creator, and He commands us not to play in sin. God does not do this arbitrarily or simply to make us miserable, but rather because God loves and cares about us. God wants the best for us, but sinning against ourselves, against each other, and against God destructive and harmful, sin is not good for us or for others, sin does not please or glorify God in the least! And so our Creator forbids all sin because He is loving and reasonable, His laws have the public interest in mind.

It is important to understand that the law does not determine what is good and what is evil (it is not arbitrary), but rather the law declares what is good and what is evil; the law does not originate what is good and what is evil but rather it reveals what is good and what is evil. (Romans 5:13) The moral law of God is not arbitrary, but it is good and right! (Romans 7:12)

The precepts of God’s moral laws are good, and to uphold the precepts He has established proper sanctions. God’s government is good and God’s judgment is just, He punishes with isolation those who are harmful (sinners). That eternal prison and punishment of isolation is called “outer darkness” (Matt 8:12, 22:13, 25:30) which is a place of eternal “torment“. (Matt 8:29, Luke 16:28, Rev 14:11). Hell is such a horrific place that it is described as a lake of fire (Revelations 21:8), it is described as a furnace of fire (Matthew 13:42, 13:50), where there is weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth! (Matthew 8:12, Matthew 22:13, Matthew 24:51, Matthew 25:30, Luke 13:28, Revelations 18:15, Revelations 18:19) Such descriptions can only give us a glimpse of the agony and torment souls will experience eternally in hell.

The existence of this eternal prison in the universal called hell is not rooted in any maliciousness in God, or because God is sadistic. Rather, the existence of hell is grounded in the benevolence of God, because God loves His creation and wants to protect it from those who are willing, because of their selfishness, to harm it; to isolate those who are willing to disregard the value of others in their selfish pursuit of their own happiness and pleasure. God protects the creation that He loves from such sinners and criminals as that!

And the punishment is just, the punishment fits the crime. Instead of loving God supremely and neighbor equally (Matthew 22:37-38, Mark 12:30-31, Luke 10:27), they sought their own happiness supremely! They choose selfishness over love! Instead of seeking the please God and to help their fellow man, they sought to please and help themselves! Sinners are willing to trample upon the well-being of others in pursuit of their own pleasure, and so they will eternally experience ill-being and misery, because that is what they were willing to let others suffer! (Luke 16:25) They will experience the opposite of what they were pursuing; they will experience precisely what they caused others to experience: misery and ill-being!

But let it be understood that God has created no individual specifically for hell, for hell was not created for man. But hell was originally created for the devil and his angels (Matt 25:41), because the devil and his angels were the first to disobey God, and thus become a threat to the creation that He loves. The devil selfishly wanted to be His own God (Isaiah 14:12-14) and so does every sinner, and that is why sinners reject God’s government. (Luke 19:14). Those enemies of God who reject the reigning of God for their life will be slain on Judgment Day (Luke 19:27) by Jesus – the judge of all! (Romans 2:16, 2Timothy 4:1)

And so those who choose of their own will to join the selfish rebellion started by the devil will share in the devils fate of everlasting fire - eternal torment. (Matt 3:10, Matt 7:19, Matt 18:8) And God’s justice is revealed by this, so God is glorified even in this (Job 21:30, Proverbs 16:4, Romans 9:22), though God takes no personal pleasure in the death of the wicked but that they turn and live. (Ezekiel 18:32, 33:11)

God will not let sin into Heaven. (Revelations 22:15) And the moral condition that you die in will be the moral condition that you wake up in. (Revelations 22:11) Death cannot change your will, only you can ultimately do that. We absolutely must choose to live godly, righteous, and holy in this present world! (2Corinthians 1:12, Galatians 1:4, Titus 2:12, 1John 4:17) And so Heaven is the “inheritance of the saints” only (Ephesians 1:18, Colossians 1:12) but the inheritance of the ungodly and sinners is hell-fire. (2Peter 2:4-7) The righteous will be saved on judgment day, not the ungodly and sinners. (1Peter 4:18)

Heaven will be Heaven because there will be no sin there, because there will be nothing but love there. The citizens of Heaven will not be lying to each other, stealing from each other, hurting and harming one another, they will not blaspheme God and grieve the heart of God, they will not dishonor God, but they will love and value one another and they will love and value God, they will honor and glorify God! And that is precisely why it is Heaven! And God’s will is for that to occur now “on earth as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10)

And so there is an eternal prison in the universe because God is loving and wise. His Benevolence and Intelligence demands the existence of hell. If it were not demanded by His Divine Nature and by His Divine Intelligence, hell would not exist. But hell must exist if God is loving and wise! A loving and wise Governor would not have it any other way. Only an ignorant or evil ruler, who does not care at all about his subjects, would have no laws and no punishments; would issue no precepts and no sanctions in order to protect that community that he oversees. But our Great and Glorious God is not ignorant but wise (1Timothy 1:17, Jude 1:25), not evil but holy (Matthew 5:48, James 1:17); and so He deeply cares about His people. (John 3:16, 1John 4:9)

God is loving not selfish, God cares and is not cruel, God is reasonable and not tyrannical, and that is precisely why hell is a reality for those who continue to sin and refuse to repent and obey God. (Luke 13:3, Romans 6:23, 1Corinthians 6:9-10, Hebrews 5:9, Revelations 21:8) Hell is not an unreasonable place of punishment that an evil God sends good men, but hell is a just place of punishment that our good God sends evil men.

All have voluntarily chosen to sin against themselves, to sin against their neighbor, and to sin against God. (Romans 3:10-23). All have done what they knew was wrong (Romans 2:15), and thereby justly deserves punishment!

God is good and merciful and ready to forgive sin! (Psalms 86:5) But if God is going to forgive sin, if God is going to set aside our punishment of hell-fire and turn from His wrath, God’s government requires bloodshed to take the place of our punishment – there is no forgiveness of our sins without blood shed. (Hebrews 9:22). But if there is a blood offering, to take the place of our punishment of hell, God can then set aside our punishment of hell and can turn away from His wrath; God can then actually forgive us our sins and pardon our debts!

The blood offering, which makes the salvation of all men possible, is the finished work of Christ! (John 19:30) Christ died to atone for the sins of the whole world. (John 3:16, 1John 2:2) The atonement of Christ was a substituted for our punishment (Galatians 3:13), declaring the righteousness of God (Romans 3:25), thus enabling God to justly forgive us our sins (Romans 3:26) and to pardon our debt (Matthew 6:12, Matthew 18:27, Luke 7:42).

Because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross, making Himself a sin offering (1Corinthians 15:3, 2Corinthians 5:21), giving His own body (Luke 22:19) and blood (Matthew 26:28) for everyone, God is now able to set aside our punishment, to turn from His wrath. (Psalms 78:38) Christ is our Passover lamb (1Corinthians 5:7) so that the wrath of God can pass over us instead of being poured out on us. (Exodus 12:13)

And our loving God offers this gracious offer of forgiveness to all men upon condition of repentance and faith. (Luke 13:3, John 3:18) Because God wants all men to be saved (2Peter 3:9), God calls all men to repent! (Acts 17:30-31) That is why all of Heaven rejoices when even one sinner repents! (Luke 15:7-10) Because God will not pardon any rebel (Hebrews 2:2, 1Corinthians 6:9), but saves only those who wave the white flags of surrender and make a decision to no longer sin against God, to no longer sin against neighbor, and to no longer sin against self. (Hebrews 5:9).

God has grace and mercy for every sin that you turn away from, forgiving every sin that you repent of! Because Christ has died for all, God can forgive everyone, God can turn from His just wrath and none have to go down to eternal hell-fire. But to be saved, you must surrender your whole life to Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23, Luke 14:26) - you must give your whole heart to God. (Joel 2:13) You must receive Christ as your Lord and Savior in order to be saved! (John 1:12, Romans 10:9-10)

Only those who obey the gospel are saved (Romans 6:17), but those who obey not the gospel must be damned (2Thesalonians 1:8, 1Peter 4:17). And the gospel requires that you repent and believe (Mark 1:15, Luke 24:47), those are the necessary conditions of forgiveness and reconciliation. God chooses to save those who respond to His call. (Matthew 20:16, Luke 14:23), only those who persevere and are faithful unto the end are saved from God’s wrath at last. (Matthew 10:22, Revelations 17:14)

God will not force you against your will to be saved (Luke 13:34), it must be from your own heart (Acts 8:37, Romans 6:17, Romans 10:9-10), God puts the decision in your hands and even begs you to be reconciled unto Him! (2Corinthians 5:20) Will you respond to God’s gracious invitation? “Flee from the wrath to come”! (Matthew 3:7, Luke 3:7)

 2007/8/21 11:29









 Re: HELL-FIRE: Necessary, Reasonable, Loving?

Any thoughts?

The Lord has really been giving me revelations of His love, which has really re-shaped a lot of my theology. Even my view of hell has been modified because of a better understanding of God's love.

 2007/8/22 11:56









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The Lord has really been giving me revelations of His love, which has really re-shaped a lot of my theology. Even my view of hell has been modified because of a better understanding of God's love.



What specifically has been re-shaped in your theology?

Just curious....

 2007/8/22 12:26









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What specifically has been re-shaped in your theology?



Interested too...

 2007/8/22 12:30









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Just an better understanding of God's love, more of an ephasis.

I have always known that God loves the whole world, and that God wants everyone to be saved. But lately, the Lord has REALLY pressed these precious truths on my heart. I have a better understanding of the broken heart of God, and how God LONGS for everyone to repent and be saved.

And so I see hell in a sort of different light. His anger and wrath is rooted in His love, as I explained in that article. God hates sin because He loves people. And God has wrath for sinners, because He loves people. If God did not love people, He would have no reason to hate sin and to have anger and wrath for sinners.

I guess it isn't much of a re-shaping of my theology, as it is more of a clarification and different emphasis. The love of God must be the foundation of any theology. Before, that was some what more in the back of my mind. But now, the love of God is on the forefront of my heart.

And that is why Charles Finney and Gordon Olson have become my favorite theologians. They really grasped the love and heart of God, when so many theologians and theologies COMPLETELY miss this.

But my theology has been the pretty much the same for 7 years in it's major aspects. I have basicly always believed in perfection, conditional security, etc etc. But I have adjusted and modified certain aspects of my theology as the Spirit of God continues to teach me through a better understanding of the scriptures.

 2007/8/22 12:41
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"God has wrath for sinners, because He loves people"

I must differ. God has wrath for sin because He is righteous. God has love for sinners because He is gracious, but not because of any inherent worth in men apart from God's grace. God is all that He is because He is holy, with or without the existence of men. I expect you agree with this, but wanted to clarify.

 2007/8/22 13:56Profile









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Yes God has wrath for sinners because He his Holy. How is God Holy? It is because He is loving. Love is holiness, and holiness is love. Love fullfills the whole of the law, and God is love. And so God is Holy because God is loving.

So why is God against sin? Because God is loving.

As I explained in the article, God is against sin because sin is harmful to His own well-being (it does not glorify Him but it grieves Him) and because it is harmful to the well-being of the creation He loves. Lying, stealing, adultery, murderer, blasphemy. These are sins because they hurt men and grieve God.

And if God was not interested in the well-being of His creation, why would He outlaw what was harmful to His creation? And so the reason God is against sin, is because God values and loves His creation, and wants the best for the one's He loves.

Anyways, I don't want to re-write my whole article. Does anyone have any thoughts on the article?

 2007/8/22 19:41









 Re: HELL-FIRE: Necessary, Reasonable, Loving?

You Have Shunned to Preach The Conquering Grace of God.

Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
1Co 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rev 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
2Th 2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,



1. You have shunned and failed to preach that the conquering Grace of God is needed to enable us and cause us to be willing to come. You have shunned and failed to teach men of their hopeless and unprofitable hearts and you have shunned to teach them of the new heart that can only be fashioned by God's conquering Grace.

(Job 14:4) "Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one."

(Psalms 51:5) "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me."

(Jeremiah 13:23) "Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil."

(Jeremiah 17:9) "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"

(John 3:3) "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

(John 3:19) "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."

(Romans 3:10-12) "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: {11} There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. {12} They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one."

(Romans 5:12) "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:"

(1 Corinthians 1:18) "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God."

(1 Corinthians 2:14) "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."

(2 Corinthians 1:9) "But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:"

(Ephesians 2:1-3) "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: {2} Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: {3} Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others."

(Ephesians 2:12) "That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:"

2. You have shunned and failed to preach that God's conquering Grace has been planned by God and that God will do all His pleasure.

(John 6:37) "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."

(John 6:65) "And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father."

(John 15:16) "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you."

(Acts 13:48) "And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed."

(Romans 8:29-30) "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. {30} Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified."

(Romans 8:33) "Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth."

(Romans 9:11-13) "(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) {12} It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. {13} As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated."

(Romans 9:23) "And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,"

(Romans 11:5) "Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace."

(Ephesians 1:11) "In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:"

(2 Timothy 2:10) "Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory."

(Isaiah 46:9-10) "Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:"

3. You have shunned and failed to preach that God's work of redemption and conquering Grace is a secured and finished work that Jesus has accomplished with His own blood.

(Isaiah 53:8-11) "He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. {9} And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. {10} Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. {11} He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities."

(Isaiah 63:9) "In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old."

(Matthew 20:28) "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."

(Matthew 26:28) "For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."

(John 10:11) "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep."

(John 10:15) "As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep."

(Romans 8:33-34) "Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. {34} Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us."

(Hebrews 1:1-3) "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, {2} Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; {3} Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;"

(Hebrews 9:12) "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us."

(1 Peter 1:18-20) "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; {19} But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: {20} Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,"

(Revelation 5:9-10) "And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; {10} And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth."

(John 17:9) "I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine."

4. You have shunned and failed to preach that the conquering Grace is applied by God alone (through the preaching of the gospel) and it will by no means be of none effect.

(Psalms 65:4) "Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple."

(Psalms 110:3) "Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth."

(John 6:44-45) "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. {45} It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me."

(Romans 8:30) "Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified."

(Ephesians 2:8-9) "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: {9} Not of works, lest any man should boast."

(Philippians 1:29) "For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;"

(John 6:63) "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."

5. You have shunned and failed to preach that the conquering Grace of God is victorious.

(Psalms 23) "A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. {2} He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. {3} He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. {4} Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. {5} Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. {6} Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever."

(Psalms 125:1) "A Song of degrees. They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever."

(Psalms 138:8) "The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands."

(Ecclesiastes 3:14) "I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him."

(Jeremiah 32:40) "And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me."

(Ezekiel 11:19-20) "And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: {20} That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God."

(John 10:28-30) "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. {29} My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. {30} I and my Father are one."

(John 17:24) "Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world."

(Romans 11:29) "For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance."

(Romans 14:4) "Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand."

(2 Corinthians 2:14) "Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place."

(2 Corinthians 9:8) "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:"

(Philippians 1:6) "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:"

(2 Timothy 2:19) "Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity."

(2 Timothy 4:18) "And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen."

(Hebrews 7:25) "Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them."

(Hebrews 10:14) "For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified."

6. You have shunned and failed to preach the whole counsel of God.

(Act 20:26-30) "Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them."






 2007/8/22 22:20
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One of the best scripture lists I've ever read.

Thanks so much. I encourage everyone to read this list.

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