Will God Send People To Hell?
Our sermon series this month is entitled: “Tough Questions For God”. And our question this morning is: “Will God Send People To Hell?” And the answer is: yes. But you may ask, “Why will some people be sent to hell?” And the answer is simple, “Because they didn’t choose to go to heaven.”
Have you ever planned a vacation? The first thing to do is to pick a destination. Somewhere that is the opposite of your everyday life! Now am I saying the ‘after-life’ is a vacation? Well yes, I am. I’ve made my reservation in heaven and compared to this world…it will be paradise! So if heaven is the opposite of this world…the opposite of worry, pain, suffering, tears, and death… then why aren’t more people making their plans to go there? That’s the million dollar question. So, let’s stand and see what the Bible says about that in Matthew 7:13-14:
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
The question isn’t “Why would a loving God send people to hell?” But rather, “Why would anyone choose hell over a loving God?” Why? As we just read, “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Did you notice the ending, “there are few who find it.” To find something…you have to be looking for it. And most of the people today are too distracted…because only a “few” are looking!
Jesus says, “Strive to enter through the narrow door, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” (Luke 13:24) Jesus is simply telling us “Make a choice.” “Strive to enter” means to try…to work hard…to keep on struggling to get through that narrow door. What makes it so hard…our choices! How we choose to live our lives.
God is very direct about our life choices and their consequences. The Bible says, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.” (I Corinthians 6:9-10)
More and more people today are choosing the “wide gate and broad road” and we know some of them. They may be our neighbors, friends, family members, and maybe even some sitting in this church. Beloved, many on that broad road are good folks. They’re kind to animals and good ole’ boys and girls. You see, not everyone going to hell is mean and evil.
So, why are some good ones going to hell? Because they haven’t chosen Jesus as their Savior.
The Bible says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:21-23)
Having God as your salvation is a choice. Living for God is a choice. Going to heaven or hell is a choice. And it’s a choice that all of you will make…like it or not…you will choose!
After, I completed basic training in the Air Force, I was assigned to a tech school in Denver, Colorado. I was 19 years old when I arrived and was assigned a roommate who had been there about a year and was much older than I was. We got along okay for the first month, but slowly I began to see that his friends were not the type of friends that I would choose.
One day, I unexpectedly walked into our room and there on my bunk were all kinds of drugs. My roommate was a drug dealer. For the next few days, he did his best to convince me to stay but the Holy Spirit told me to leave. I had to make a choice. I chose to leave – He chose to stay.
Now I know the Bible says we have “all sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” And I know that none of us are good enough to go to heaven. And because of our sins, we all deserve to go to hell. But I’ve read the book. And the book says that we don’t have to go to hell.
You see, there’s a small gate and a narrow way that leads to eternal life but only a few find that gate and only a few choose that path. But that gate is there for a reason. God put it there. God built that gate and He built it with two pieces of lumber and 3 nails. There’s a saying: 1 Cross + 3 Nails = 4 Given.
But God knows people and He knows that most will choose the wide gate and the broad path. God knows that most will reject Him and choose to live their lives their own way. But God isn’t going to make it easy. God isn’t going to just “go away”. We are His creation and like it or not, He knows what’s best for His children. So, right in the middle of that broad path to hell… God has firmly planted the cross.
A preacher named Adrian Rogers tells a story about a nightclub that was called “The Gates of Hades”. The story goes that a visitor to the city was looking for this nightclub and they stopped a policeman to ask directions. Now it just so happened that on that same street was a church called “Calvary Church”. And when the man asked the policeman for directions to the nightclub, the cop replied: “If you want to get to the Gates of Hades, you’ll have to go past Calvary.”
Folks, the answer to today’s question, “Will God Send People to Hell?” is simple. If you belong to God…you go with Him to heaven. And if you belong to Satan…you go with him to hell. The Bible is very clear about this. There’s no discussion…there’s no deal making…the way to eternal life is through His Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible says in Joshua 24:15, “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…” Serve God. Serve Satan. It’s a choice…it’s your choice…so choose!