Are You Saying
Went To Hell?
by Kimberly B. Southall
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When evangelizing with the biblical plan of
salvation, undoubtedly one or more of the following scriptures are read
or shown to the person being evangelized:
and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
"I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is
born of water and the Spirit. –John
replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus
Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift
of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children
and for all who are far off--for all whom the Lord our God will call."
many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, "Save yourselves
from this corrupt generation." 41Those who accepted his message
were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that
And now what are
you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on
his name. –Acts
don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were
baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him
through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from
the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly
also be united with him in his resurrection. –Romans
are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27 for all
of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
The truthful power of any one or more of those
scriptures often begins to "convict" the listener without any added commentary
whatsoever. But if the person has been taught a popular but unbiblical
plan of salvation, then an amazing phenomenon often occurs. As the listener
begins to realize the truth of the scripture(s), far too often they quickly
take offense and offer this response:
Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to
bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the
Spirit, 19through whom also he went and preached to the spirits
in prison 20who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently
in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people,
eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes
baptism that now saves you also--not the removal of dirt from the body
but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection
of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at God's
right hand--with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him. –1
Peter 3:18 (NIV)
"Are you saying my grandma went to
Now it doesn't matter that you've never
mentioned anything but the scriptures nor that you've never even heard
of this person's grandmother and how she lived, not to mention that you
couldn't have known that she was deceased. But there's that all-too-common
accusatory response just the same. And, of course, depending upon the person,
"grandma" could be replaced by any other relative or friend of the person
making the response. But it all boils down to the same thing.
Are you one of those people? Is that what
immediately comes to mind when you read any of those verses? If so, I ask
that you finish reading this with your mind open to God's truth.
First, the Bible says what it says. Please
understand that we can't change what it says or means, no matter how much
or why we might want to. God's Word is the truth. God is the One who provides
the opportunity for salvation, and He is the only One who can say how we
can achieve that salvation. After all, He is GOD.
Keeping that in mind, when someone simply
reads a scripture to you, he or she isn't accusing or judging anyone of
anything. God is. It is His Word--the truth. So to answer that question
of "Are you saying my grandma went to hell?" . . . well that
isn't my or anyone else's place to say that. But if she didn't follow
the biblical plan of salvation, then the Bible tells us hell will be her
final destination. It might be a difficult truth to accept, but it is vital
that we do accept God's truth, particularly where it concerns our own final
destination for all of eternity.
You may be thinking, "But Grandma was such
a good woman." That may be so, but we know that we can't earn salvation
that way, or Jesus would have suffered and died for nothing.
You might be thinking, "But I love
my grandma. I can't believe that would happen to her." Well, you must ask
yourself whether or not you believe what Jesus Himself said in Matthew
16:16, and John
3:5. And keep in mind that God doesn't play favorites, either
You might think, "Well if this plan of
salvation I was taught was good enough for Grandma, then it must be good
enough for me." Think about that. If your grandmother was wrong (and she
was wrong if she didn't follow the biblical plan of salvation), then her
plan wasn't good enough. And it isn't good enough to save you, either.
You may think, "Well, I love Grandma so
much, I want to be with her again." First, consider this verse:
who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone
who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and
anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Whoever
finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will
find it. –Matthew
So, folks, if your Grandma really does
end up in hell and you really do love her more than you love Jesus, then
sadly you will go to be with her. But you won't like it there.
So to sum it up, please seriously consider
the biblical plan of salvation. It's in God's Word, it's the truth, and
it's for you. Believe it, repent of your sins, confess Jesus as Lord and
Savior, be immersed in water for the forgiveness of your sins and to receive
the gift of the Holy Spirit, and live a faithful Christian life to the
end. Remember, even if it's too late for your Grandma, it still isn't too
late for you.
Copyright © 2000 Kimberly