These are two tracts I wrote for outreach. The first one is more detailed, the second is shorter and is more for use in street ministry.
Does God's love for mankind mean that people will escape being judged and punished by God? Many use God's love as a security that they can live as they please and not end up in hell. Would a loving God send those He created to hell eternally for a lifetime worth of sin? The answer which the Bible, and Jesus himself gives, is yes! Rebellion against God and His commandments is that serious! God hates unrighteousness that much! Consider what Jesus says:
"And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched." (Mark 9:47-48- in verses 43-46 the same is said about the hand and the foot).
"As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 13:40-42)
The love of God is meant to bring us to turn from sin and obey God in this life. Christ laying down his life and enduring the shame of the cross in our place demonstrates the true love of God for sinners. The punishment Christ suffered on the cross also demonstrates the true nature and the seriousness of sin, as God laid the sin of the world upon Christ. Since Christ gave himself for us and is now alive at God's right hand it is possible that God can forgive us of going our own way and living in rebellion against Him.
"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." (Isaiah 53:6)
However we cannot have forgiveness if we continue to live our own way in rebellion. Now it is possible to be saved from the power of sin by the power of Christ's resurrection life. Yet we have to die to the old life with the sin that has corrupted and deformed us. Look at what Jesus says about the love of God and how we are expected to respond:
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." (John 3:16-21)
Jesus is Lord/King as well as Savior (John 13:13, Acts 2:36) and those offices cannot be separated. We must receive him (John 1:12) in every one of his offices or not have him at all. To truly turn to God and away from sin is to be subject to Jesus as his disciple, and receive his word as God Himself speaking to us (John 5:22-24, Hebrews 1:1-2, Matthew 12:49-50). Jesus is saying that people don't come to him, or cannot truly come to him, while still intent on doing evil (sin starts in the mind- Colossians 1:21). We must turn from the evil deeds of both the mind and body (2 Corinthians 7:1, Ephesians 2:3) in order to truly come to the light (believe on Jesus) and thus no longer be condemned by God.
"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness." (1 Peter 2:24a)
God's word gives hope for anyone who is convinced they are guilty before God with no excuse and is convinced they need to repent of their sins and let Jesus reign over them. To such the Bible promises " To him (Jesus) give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins." (Acts 10:43)
Be CERTAIN though God's word is clear that those who won't acknowledge their guilt and/or turn away from their sin to obey Jesus' word have no hope of avoiding condemnation before God on judgment day and facing the second death- the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14). We must prepare to meet God now while he still offers us mercy and grace in Jesus Christ.
"For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world." Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works."
"For this ye know, that no whoremonger (sexually immoral person), nor unclean (impure, profane) person, nor covetous man (one who loves money and/or material possessions), who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience." (Ephesians 5:5-6)
"Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God." (Romans 2:4-5)
"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon." (Isaiah 55:6-7)
"It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." (From Hebrews 9:27)