Are Nice People Leading Others to Hell?

Are Nice People Leading Others to Hell?

This is one post that I do not want to write, but nobody will.  I have never read or heard a sermon that got right to the heart of the matter.  I’m thinking of something Paul said. “26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. 27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.” (Acts 20:26-27)  I don’t want “your blood” on my head, so I will do my very best to declare the “whole counsel of God” even when it hurts.  I know in advance this one is going to shock and hurt.

In 1954, a man in our barracks claimed to be a Christian.  Everyone knew he was a “Bible man”.  He talked about it a lot–how much he loved the Lord–he would quote a verse or two on occasion.  His Bible was always on display.  I think everyone respected him.

One day he and I had what I call an “open Bible” discussion about “How does one become a Christian.” We were friends, and this was my first discussion with an open Bible. He was a nice guy, and allowed me to go first.  At the beginning we were in perfect agreement:

  1. Believe in Christ. (John 8:24)
  2. The need to repent (Luke 13:3)
  3. The need to confess Christ (Matthew 10:32)

Now here’s where we had our first disagreement. Baptism!  Again, he asked me to “go” first, so I gave several scriptures showing that baptism was essential.

(Matthew 28:18-19) “18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”

(Acts 2:38) ” Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

(Acts 22:16) “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

(I Peter 3:21) “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:”

There are others, but these should suffice.

Then, I asked him what proof he had that baptism was not essential.  he gave some thought for a while, and then he started telling me about his grandmother–she is a very sweet person, did not drink, smoke, use bad language, and did a lot of good deeds.  So far it sounded like my grandmother.–probably yours too.  Then he said. “My grandmother says you don’t need to be baptized.”  Common Sense–Does that sound like proof?

(Matthew 7:13) ” Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:”  Please memorize this scripture!

The sad truth is many sweet, wonderful, good moral people, and who really love their grandchildren are pointing the children they love to the wrong gate.  The gate that leads to destruction. Remember (James 3:1). “My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.”

Whether we like it or not. “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” (II John verse 9).  It is so very plain:  When I, you, or your grandma get away from the teaching of Christ. WE HAVE NOT GOD! Not having God is pointing our loved ones to the wrong gate that leads to destruction–the other word is Hell!

Are nice people sending other nice people to hell?  The answer is yes!  We had better know what the scriptures are teaching.  Notice that all these “nice” people mean well.  They are loving, caring, tenderhearted folks, but the results are the same–Hell!

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