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Truth That Can Hurt

February 10

 "... the rich man also died, and was buried; ... And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, ..."  Luke 16:22-23





"The infrastructure of self-righteousness is vast and impressive, ..."






It is a misnomer to suggest that all roads ever did lead to Rome, but if Rome were Hell, and the roads be built of men, they would.  "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."  Every way of man, which deviates even the slightest from the CHRIST of Calvary, is a broad way to destruction (cf. Matthew 7:13).  The infrastructure of self-righteousness is vast and impressive, but if Scripture is true, it all leads to fiery torment.

Don't be too quick in discounting a literal hell, JESUS HIMSELF said time and again that it exists, (15 times in the Gospels alone).  There are no Blue-Light Specials when it comes to truth, it always markets at face value; and if it is not the truth, that is to say the whole truth, ... it is everything but the truth.  You'll recall that the rich man of Luke 16 discovered this axiomatic nature of GOD'S Word one eternity too late. Albeit absurd, delusional men, insane of their sin, still suppose to live their entire time on Earth rejecting CHRIST and avoid Hell.  "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before GOD; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works."  And in spite of popular opinion, no one will arrive at the lake of fire ahead of their luggage.  "... remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, ...but now ...thou art tormented."  The worst of Hell must surely be perfect, eternal hindsight.  Every tidbit of HIS grace which you have wiped from your table will one day be fashioned into the sourdough of your eternal doom; that the undying worms of Hades may feast upon forever.  Those who choose their sin over the SAVIOR won't like it when the chickens come home to roost, but mark it down, the chickens will come home to roost ... bringing with them the bird flu of sin's damnation. 

When your epithet is etched in stone, where will you lift up your eyes?  "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."  Truth accepted frees the sinner from sin's consequences; but truth rejected shackles him to that which GOD has sworn to judge!  "Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment."  We could argue that if the Earth be cracked to the core for just one moment, a revival unrivaled, would literally sweep the globe overnight.  Truth is, that even though creation knows no evangelists like the eternal cousins of the "rich man"; the Bible states that if we won't take GOD'S Word for the facts of sin and judgment, who is foolish enough to think we would take man's?  

"And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.  And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead."

For Love of Country
Charter of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
(Royal Charter of 1663)
"We submit our persons, lives, and estates unto our LORD JESUS CHRIST, the KING of kings and LORD of lords and to all those perfect and most absolute laws of HIS given us in HIS Holy Word."

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