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February 16, 2022 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today. The Bible-based teaching Dr. Don Wilton this vision today. Dr. will powerful study on life, death find this and more messages on our website as well as GW online.org W online all our Dr. Don Wilton we are in an incredible subject at the moment about block off today and I'm going to just tell you right up front, just like it is today.
Folks, I would absolutely raw. The knock preach on the subject that I'm about the preacher I would draw their avoid this subject like a plague I would Roldan join the bandwagon in the United States of America because what we're finding is that the latest trend here in our beloved nation is that fewer and fewer preachers willing to even mention the subject. It's just not popular. It's not the right thing to do.
It straightens out label of comfortability. It makes us feel a little somewhat queasy and reckons the cage up six the status quo and defies our religious traditions.
It's not politically expedient, but I find that we have no choice because the Bible tells us and teaches us about what happens when we die. Hitherto I've been under the impression that when someone dies, they all did. I'm coming to understand that they are not according to the Bible, not one single person who dies is dated every person who is died is very much alive, even as we speak that some people are going to say well pasta.
How do you know that what you're saying is the truth. Will I share with you just briefly again. There are three ways in which you would taste to the truth. Number one is what is being saying suggested by the word of God that's golden inference is it inferred so when we say something about somebody who is died and yet is alive.
Is this just a suggestion.
That is your weakest point of argument, but it has a certain validity. There many churches today across America that have been boots on suggestion on human inference on personal preference. What I think instead of what I know so number two, one is is what I am saying inferred is a just a suggestion number two is it implied in the word of God. When you talk about something being implied in the word of God. It means that what you're saying may not necessarily be right there in black and why you are reading, but an implication or an implied statement of truth always has supporting evidence. So while we might read the passage today and then we go and say well this is implied in the word of God. What I'm saying to you is that there are places elsewhere in the Bible where we can provide supporting evidence.
It is spoken of elsewhere, but the third and most important way to obtain truth is not inference a suggestion. It's not whether or not it is implied in the word of God. The third question is is it a statement of fact that's what we land upon absolute truth. That's one of our essential values here at First Baptist Church.
That's one of the essential values of The Encouraging Word cost ministry you might be listening to me in Chicago today. I'm so glad that you all, you might live in Seattle Washington. I'm so glad that you are you may be in Phoenix, Arizona. You might be sitting in your living room. I just want to welcome you today to The Encouraging Word.
We believe that this word is an encouraging word because it's God's word and the value upon which we stand today is absolute truth. We believe that when God sees it, that settles it's not open to our political dispensational route religious belief around leaning or cultural heritage.
It's not subject to anything that you and I might have to say. Opinion polls are declared to be invalid, so it is that the Bible tells us some incredible truths, one for example that's a statement of fact is that God loves you that's a statement of fact. God is love.
Jesus Christ is the son of God and that God so loved the world that he gave his only son to die just for you just for me. That's why maybe the site you today that what Jesus Christ has done for me. You do exactly the same thing for you that you know it is a statement of fact that God desires that no person would perish and go to this place called hell sansei the word I beg your pardon, but I can't help it because Jesus said I wish I could come up with a substitute. Maybe this is not Republican enough Democratic enough, maybe we should find some other way of talking about these things so that we do understand one another.
But Jesus spoke truth. He said listen, I do not desire that anybody would go to this place called hell. In fact, that's the very reason why Jesus died on the cross. I want to present to you today, the Lord Jesus Christ he'll forgive you for your sin and write your name in God's book and have an one day when you die, I will guarantee you we got a look upon these things that according to the word of God, you will be transported by the angels into the presence of the Lord, you can know that you know today, right now that you going to heaven to be with him. But what happens if you don't, what is the Bible say about people who die, having turned their backs on the son of God.
Having said there is no Jesus I don't believe that Jesus died on the cross. I do not believe that God loves me. I don't believe.
Perhaps a God exists under the panel my own canoe. I'm going to do it my own way. Pepsi somebody said listen, I meant to take my chances with everybody else.
I don't want to get all excited about something. I don't know about running Luke chapter 16 we have not an inference or suggestion. We don't have something which is implied we go to statement of fact, Jesus saved this Jesus told us something I'd like to just read it to you. Luke chapter 16 verse 19 Jesus himself said that there was a certain rich man was dressed in purple and fine linen and he lived in luxury every day.
Eddie's gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat would fill from the rich man's type fact, his condition was so pitiful.
The Bible says even the dogs came and licked the souls I have person in my life I have met people who are so down and out they would absolutely qualify probably people who cannot get off the street. Sidewalks, the condition is so down in the bottom of the barrel, poverty-stricken stranded helpers hopeless of the Bible says in verse 22 Jesus saved at the time guy and unavoidable fact anytime deposit when the beggar died that he was carried by the angels to Abraham's side member. Jesus was speaking to a Jewish audience the matter with Abraham was God was. He was appointed identification here talking about the God of our fathers, the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob for Jesus saved.
Listen, I want you to know that this man died.
He was carried the place where God is this place called heaven that we got a look at very detailed great detail over the next several weeks. The Bible says that the rich man also died and what about the contrast he was buried ending hello Jesus used that word when he was in told Mindy looked up and he saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side, so he called to him said father I want you please have pity on me and send Lazarus, that he might dip the tip of these finger in water and cool my tongue because I'm in agony in this fire but Abraham said, son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you're in agony beside all of this, between us and you there is a great chasm a great golf, a great divide in the Bible. Jesus uses the word they fixed and alterable unchangeable fact an irreconcilable difference between where the one group of people work at this other man sit beside the is a great gulf fixed between us and you, so that those who would want to go from here to you cannot, even if I wanted to know can anyone cross over to the from us once again. He said that big father what you please send Lazarus to my father's house in Chicago.
What you please send Lazarus to my father's house in Orlando. Would you please send Lazarus to my father's house in beautiful Spartanburg South Carolina desire but five brothers that I haven't God you please let me morning so that they those that I really love the most, would not come into the same place of torment, and Abraham replied that they brought Moses they book the Lord I book the prophets about the preachers, let them hear them. And he statement you don't understand. You just don't get it. They had they been listening to those preachers in reading the Bible since they were just born by saturated with churches I go to churches behind every bush I live in the most Christianized nation in the world that you don't seem to understand this freedom of religion where they live. You seem to understand. I so used to going to church. I mean it's just like a habit. I mean, they just walk in there off to the ballgame and rock out there off to the bowl. You don't seem to understand that been listening to the preachers in reading the Bible from when they were just children, but if somebody went back from the dictate that a torch Abraham said you don't seem to understand they not going to listen if they do not, in verse 31 listen to Moses and the prophets.
I don't going to be convinced about life off today about the reality of heaven and the reality of hell, even if someone were to come back from the dead, and has another inference suggestion from the mouth of Jesus. Besides that, someone has already come back from the bid and he's name is Jesus, and yet they would not believe what more do you want them to have. But I'll ask your question today.
What's it gonna take for you to give your heart to Jesus, can you hear that more Jesus. I folks we've already looked at some things that just jumped out of us. We discovered things like they were both alive, we love that because we are all alive.
That's the good news part of what Jesus said. We also discovered that they both have a decision to make. While they were still alive.
Evidently the decision that you make that is going to affect with you go to heaven or hell. It has to be made while you living on this earth number three.
We also discovered that they both died and the time to pause.
I think we talked about the fact that we spent a lot of time don't we try to prolong our lives a little bit. We have every kind of injection every kind of lift known to the book.
We walk 100 miles just to stay alive a little longer. Bible says we're all gonna die someday. And then there was 1/4 one this is where it really gets interesting folks because it would be empty. According to what Jesus said, but by inference, not by implication, but is a statement of fact. Jesus tells us that when they died they were separated at date for ever. Have you heard someone cite you. Come on now, let's let's not do this. You know were all going to end up in the same place anyway but would not when you get that from what's your authority, listening to Dr. Don Wilton our teacher here on The Encouraging Word and he'll be back with the rest of today's message in just a moment.
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God knows Jesus spoke they were separated today and the Bible tells us that one man went to a place called hell HE double L most unpopular subject in America today approach legally displaying the number of weeks talking about a place that I just can't wait to talk about I tell you yesterday Roger in the century to occultist layoff and we had the funeral service for one incredible man, I was right. With Selma Rd., Mister Marvin Mathis went to be with the Lord this week. Unbelievable Christian man, what a name what it takes to.
It was an incredible celebration.
Despite the sadness, I can't wait to talk to you about these things. But the Bible says that this one man, of which Jesus spoke died and a whole series of events took place. There are at least biblical 11 biblical facts that Jesus shares with us about Hill.
I want us to look at them to get someone number one.
Jesus teaches us that it is absolutely certain that hell is a place of burial burial. You notice your juxtaposing what Jesus said that the one man died and the angels carried him into the place where God is. I can't wait to get there I thought so many times I try to even describe it in my book the absolute certainty of life off the bid follows the Lord to try and teach me and show me what does this mean what is it looked like it. I tried to describe it.
The Bible says that the other man died and he was buried yesterday at Mr. Marvin's funeral yet I was able to look at his grandchildren's life.
Granddaddy is not care because we might person who dies in Jesus Christ dies in this life. They cannot be buried near the side pasta where you going with us. Why was it that Jesus spoke about one man as having been buried. He referred to the ground what he was saying here is, he was saying. I want you to know in no uncertain terms that when a person dies without Jesus Christ, they all literally put in a box underground where I grew up overseas many years ago a friend of mine told me that I'm talking a back as early as the 50s when hazing was still popular. It was horrendous but in South Africa where I grew up I tell you, folks, it was the most brutal thing when you went to college yet to get ready for University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town South Africa, a group of students got a hold of oppression. This is what they did to him. They blindfolded him. They beat him up for a day. Then they carried him and they put them in a coffin and I nailed the coffin down.
He was blindfolded.
They never said one word. There was no sound. They carried him out into a park, crunching their feet on dirt as they walk carrying his coffee.
Then I climbed up onto one a little stool. Whatever it was in that park with ropes and I kinda pertain the black they were lowering the coffin into the ground. Then I got shovels without saying anything, and I started to throw Sam on top of this coffin and that student never recovered from their he ended up in an institution for the rest of his life and that was the incident that caused the stop to hazing in the country where I grew up. It was so arranges why would Jesus have referred to something that you and I cannot begin to conceive. Simply put, because Jesus was trying to say to us that hell is real.
It's a place of confinement. It is a place of entrenchment. It is a place of eternal imprisonment. It is a place that you cannot get out all that's what Jesus was saying it's not that way for somebody who's given their lives to Jesus by never end up in a box he was very well is a second thing here. The Bible says that Jesus taught us not only was hello place of burial but it was a place of torment. Look at verse 23 about to tell you I've struggled with this. I can't tell you how I played in almost God to trying to help me in the book that I wrote on the subject to give a human depiction of what it means to die and get never die to be tormented day and night without ever having the capacity to actually stop being tormented. How do you describe how you describe what this man talks about being burned alive for the rest of eternity but never dying as result of that, and the Bible here tells us folks very clearly that this is a place of torment, and watch what Jesus said in verse 23 sitting help where he was informing and the syntactical makeup of what Jesus was saying using his words.
He said this man being in perpetual permanent continual everlasting torment is what Jesus was saying is that this torment will never stop. I've had some people say you don't seem to understand what happens is when you die, you go to a place called purgatory. Purgatory is man's solution to what God teaches.
Purgatory is man's effort to try and lift the lid off the coffin. The word purgatory literally means to be purged or to be claims then people who believe in purgatory actually believe that what happens is that when you die you are sentenced to the call, you are sentenced to the world of the underground and that your sentence is determined in direct proportion to the number of cities that you die with that of being unforgiving and you going to at time of purging and ultimately you get plugged in claims but also typically what happens is that all people are going to ultimately be claims they met everybody is going to end up going in the paradise into the place where God is. So you must absolutely make certain the just before you die you get someone to come and forgive you for your seven. While the Bible doesn't teach that. So in the Bible is not mentioned. Not one time it's not even a suggestion, it falls off the chart.
It's not even an inference you cannot even infer that the only way you can teach that is from the heart of people like me and folks I'm here to announce if you trust what I say you are in trouble because I've never died. I've never been there. I'm not God I don't know these things. I have no authority outside of the word of God. Amen body was in torment, but there's 1/3 thing here that Jesus teaches us about this place called hell.
It's a place of life folks I thought that when you die that you did, but evidently you're not, I can tell you when God began to speak to my heart. I have always been under the distinct impression that people who die or did. But Jesus was trying to tell us that they are not now, folks, I'm going to tell you this is a point of extreme difficulty for me. I find this very hard to get a hold at this. This is an area where I find myself clamoring I have to come to the point of my faith which is the ultimate taste of the truth I've got to believe what Jesus say because he is truth. Such powerful teaching Dr. Wilton. What a powerful statement to finish today's broadcast on Jesus said it because he is truth.
It's not just speaking truth.
Jesus is truth. It's our prayer that during these moments, as you've heard Dr. Wilton teaching and preaching from the pulpit. You've heard more than just our pastors South African broke word of God and literally, you've been moved by the spirit of God and perhaps right now it's time for decision operated as you've been attentive listening to Dr. Dorothy's been preaching you open your heart to what he wants to share next are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. Why don't you pray this prayer with me right now. Dear God, I know that Arneson and I know that Jesus died for me on the cross today.
I repainted myself and bath faith I receive you into my phone. Jesus and I my friend. I welcome you today into the family abroad.
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