Those Annoying Bible Preachers!
Have you ever run into those religious fanatics who go around preaching about how we all need to repent of our sins and follow Jesus Christ – as if they really believed there was a Judgment Day and really was a place of eternal punishment called Hell? They sure have a lot of nerve don’t they? Shame on them for interrupting the peace and tranquility of the lost souls all around them. Shame on them for imposing their views on people who are quite content with their idols and immorality. Don’t these intolerant religious fanatics know that they should keep their opinions to themselves? Who do they think they are?… their brother’s keeper or something? The world would be a lot happier if those annoying Bible preachers would just go away… or find somebody else to bother… And someday they will go away – when “the summer is ended and the harvest is past”, and many will begin their eternity unsaved, damned, and be cast into outer darkness where “there will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth”.
And then, when they finally realize that those “annoying” messengers of God where sent to warn them of their impending doom, it will simply be too late. Salvation, for them, will be gone and all that will be left will be judgment and everlasting punishment for their lifetime of sin, rebellion and ungodliness. And any amount of punishment in Hell will not in any way make them more fit for heaven. In fact, in Hell, they will become more corrupt and more vile and more wicked than when they were on earth, for there will be no restraining spirit of God to bridle their wicked, selfish, covetous hearts. So, heaven – which is a place of absolute moral purity – will become even more foreign to them and they will become even more unfit to ever dwell there. Will you be among those people who love their sin too much to ever think of bowing to the God of Heaven, acknowledging the depth of your sin and the great need you have for the Savior, Jesus Christ, to pay the ransom penalty for your sins, that you would be pardoned and made fit by the power of God to dwell in the land of eternal righteousness? Is your Heaven ruled by a holy God who hates sin and loves holiness? There is no other Heaven, so where will you be when they are preaching YOUR funeral?
“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation” [Hebrews 2:3]