Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Blessed Indwelling Holy Spirit

John 14:15-19,  “If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.” 

I love this passage of Scripture and think of it often! The unsaved man (i.e., the unregenerate person) cannot see the Holy Spirit. That is what the Holy Bible plainly says! The unsaved world refers to people who have never been born-again. That is, they have never come to God as a needy sinner, placing their trust in God's only begotten Son, who died on the cross for their sins. The world hates Jesus, because He (through the Word of God) testifies against their evil works (John 7:7). 

Who is the Holy Spirit anyway? I'm glad you asked! The Holy Spirit is an individual person, just like God the Father and God the Son are both individual persons. The Bible teaches that there is only one true and living God (Deuteronomy 6:4), but God exists in three unique persons of; namely, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20). Here is a helpful chart that a web visitor shared with me, that I agree with theologically...

Jesus said, “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9). Jesus said, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30). Yet, Jesus is not the Father, saying, “my Father is greater than I” (John 14:28). There is a popular heresy today in some churches today called “Modalism,” which teaches that Jesus and God are the same person. Modalism says that God goes into different MODES, fulfilling different roles of Father and Son, but it is the same person. Modalism teaches that when a believer gets to Heaven, we'll only see God the Father. What saith the Scripture? Colossians 3:1, If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Clearly, Jesus sits on the RIGHT-HAND of the Father. Could the Scripture be any plainer? I think not. 

The doctrine of the triune nature of God in theology is called the “Trinity, but I prefer the word Godhead,” because it is found in the Bible in Romans 1:20, Acts 17:29 and Colossians 2:9. Unfortunately, most of the modern Bible revisions corrupt these passage by removing the Godhead, instead referring to the “divine nature (which is meaningless). That is exactly what the English Standard Version (ESV) which Bob Jones University promotes and sells says—divine nature” in Romans 1:20. 

'MEET THE HOLY SPIRIT' (a helpful book by Pastor Jack Hyles)

I love the Holy Spirit. When I got saved at age 13, for the first time in my life I felt the VOICE of God in my soul, telling me not to sin. Before I was saved there was only darkness. I used to sass my mother before I was saved. When I got saved, I heard that still small inaudible voice in my soul saying: “David, I don't want you talking to your mother like that anymore.” For the first time in my life I had a hunger for the things of God, and I thirsted for the milk of the Word each night before I went to bed. In the months that followed getting saved, I remember my mother saying to me one evening: “YOU'VE CHANGED!” Well of course I did, I had the Holy Spirit living inside me now, and He was working on me. You see, that's how salvation works—you don't give up your sins to be saved, nor to evidence that you are saved, but the Holy Spirit begins to work in your life when you get saved. I still had sins in my life, but I felt bad about them, and God's Holy Spirit convicted me for those sins. As Christians, we SHOULD live for Christ; not MUST (that is works); not WILL (that is Lordship Salvation). God saves you, and then the Holy Spirit changes you!!! 

The blessed Holy Spirit does all of the following in the life of every believer:
  • Comforts us (John 14:18)
  • Teaches and reminds us (John 14:26)
  • Guides us into truth (John 16:13)
  • Seals us (Ephesians 1:13)
  • Gives us eternal life (Romans 8:10-11)
  • Reproves ours sin (John 16:8)
  • Intercedes for us when we pray (Romans 8:26)
  • Empowers us (Acts 1:8)
  • Helps us (John 14:26)
  • Gives us spiritual gifts (1st Corinthians 12:7-11)
  • Sanctifies us (Galatians 5:16-26)
  • Fellowships with us (Philippians 2:1)
Now if you are not a born-again child of God, you don't see or know the Holy Spirit (John 14:16). I thank God for the awesome Holy Spirit! 
“Salvation can only be evidenced by works, if works are required to be saved.” —Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold, “Why Lordship Salvation Is Wrong!

The Wrath Of Man Worketh Not God's Righteousness

James 1:17-20, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” 

The Bible says MAN'S WRATH is not the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT...
James 1:20, “For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
Always remember that “ANGER is just one letter away from DANGER! That added “D” stands for “DEVIL.” Ephesians 2:2, “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”

The moment we were saved, God's Holy Spirit came to live inside us. God SEALED US with His Spirit. I love that! That sure makes me feel good as a believer, knowing that God wants me, claims me and gave me His Holy Spirit to confirm it and always be with me! I am sooo thankful for the indwelling Holy Spirit!!!!!!! The Lord's Holy Spirit gets GRIEVED when we sin...
Ephesians 4:30-32, “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.”
Humans are BY NATURE the CHILDREN OF WRATH! If you don't believe it, just consider all the wars throughout history! Did you know that only 8% of human history has been without a time of war? Some of God's saints has hot tempers. One-third of the Bible was penned by murderers (Moses, David and Paul). The world has nearly always been at war...

Everyone gets angry. A real man gets upset, but he realizes that there is a place and time to get upset. The Bible teaches us when we get angry NOT TO SIN...
Ephesians 4:25-28, “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
Like anything in life, there is a right way and a wrong way to handle a matter. There is always a higher path, and a lower path. For me personally, I am slow oftentimes to intake what is happening around me. My brain doesn't process as fast as others, so as a general rule I stay quite, not saying or doing anything. I will speak up if I feel it necessary, but sometimes I have to think about what just happened, to make sure I am not overreacting. I am a passionate person, which is why I love music so much. I am passionate in my faith, writings and love towards others. Therefore, I am also passionate when I get upset, so I have to be very careful, lest I make a bigger issue of something than I should. Staying quite has worked well for me over the years. I can usually come back and voice my opinion latter.

In fact, that is exactly what the Scripture teaches us to do:
James 1:19-20, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrathFor the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
What saith the Scripture? Proverbs 18:13, “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.” Proverbs 17:28, “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. It is wise to keep quiet until we know what is going on. I learned two great truths many years ago, which I will share with you now, and if you are wise you will memorize these dear friend:
  1. If you don't know what you're talking about, keep your mouth shut!
  2. If you do open your mouth, you'd better be able to backup what you're saying!
I have allowed these two guiding principles to control my ministry over the years since 2002. 

Be Careful What You Hate

Anger and hatred are inseparable! We get angry over that which we hate. Therefore, it is important that we monitor our HATE LIFE. Yes, every Christian should have a hate life. Hatred is good, if you hate the right things. Proper anger is a tool, which the Lord used to drive the covetous men out of God's Temple (John 2:15). I hate the Coronavirus, because it is killing people, and I love people! I hate sin, because it kills people! The Coronavirus has a mortality rate of about 2 to 3%, but sin has a 100% mortality rate. Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

I hate Calvinism (aka, Lordship Salvation), because it damns men's souls to Hell forever! I hate the modern corrupt Alexandrian Bible revisions, because they mislead and damn men's souls to Hell. I hate the Devil's ecumenical movement—it makes light of sound Bible doctrine and weakens the churches. We must never accept the sin with the sinner, nor should we ever reject the sinner with the sin. We ought to love everybody with God's unconditional love, through the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Salvation can only be evidenced by works, if works are required to be saved.” —Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold, “Why Lordship Salvation Is Wrong!

Monday, March 30, 2020

God Comforts Us To Comfort Others

2nd Corinthians 7:6, “Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us...” 

What a precious Bible verse—GOD COMFORTS THOSE WHO ARE CAST DOWN!!! Psalms 34:18, “The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” I love that PROMISE from God. When we are dejected and cast down in our spirit, God consoles our hurting soul. I have been there more times than I can remember, and for several years now I have been in the dog house of life! 

The Precious Indwelling COMFORTER

Thankfully, one of the tasks of the blessed indwelling Holy Spirit is to COMFORT us as believers. John 14:16-18, And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” 

One of the benefits of being saved is the precious COMFORTER!!! He comforts us with the written Word of God, bringing truth to our remembrance. John 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

God Comforts Us To Comfort Others

2nd Corinthians 1:3-4, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
Please read this tremendous passage of Scripture a few times. Wow, did you ever notice that Bible passage before? The Bible literally teaches that God COMFORTETH US IN ALL OUR TRIBULATION, so that we may be able to comfort others “WHICH ARE IN ANY TROUBLE! I love that!!! No matter what hardship, burden, battle, loss, misery, worry, hurt feelings or tragedy that someone else is facing—GOD COMFORTS US SO THAT WE CAN COMFORT THEM!!! What an awesome God and Savior!!!!!!! 

If you survive in constant chronic bodily pain as I do, comfort others who suffer in constant bodily pain. If you are the victim of an unwanted divorce as I am, comfort others who are divorced. If you have lost your home as I did, comfort others who have lost their home. If you are lonely and can't find companionship as I cannot, comfort others who are lonely without a mate. If you are hurting in your soul with inexplicable emotional pain as I do daily, feeling all alone in your afflictions as I do, comfort others who are hurting in their solitude. I have had all of these painful things happen in my life, and my broken life is still a mess, but God is faithful and I am serving Him faithfully. God is always good! 

Bringing Others Comfort Further Comforts Us

2nd Corinthians 7:13, “Therefore we were comforted in your comfort: yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed 
The apostle Paul told the believers at Corinth, that comforting them brought the apostle and his peers comfort. Paul was effectively saying to them: “We're in this thing together!” There is a great Bible truth to be learned here—we find comfort in our afflictions by comforting OTHERS! Pastor Jack Hyles preached two wonderful sermons called: 'WASTED SUFFERING' (1997) and 'WASTED PAIN' (1995). Don't let your suffering go to waste dear reader, use it to honor the Lord Jesus Christ. God can take the broken pieces of your life, and use them for His purpose and glory. One of my absolute favorite sermons by my favorite preacher, Pastor Jack Hyles is called: “SOME ON BROKEN PIECES” (MP3). If your life can no longer sail as a ship for God to do His will, then help rescue other people on the broken pieces of your shipwrecked life, by God's grace! 

“Did you know that God uses hurtin' people? That's part of the reason why we have to hurt in this world, so we can help other people who hurt.” —Pastor Danny Castle, “KEEP ON PRAYING

“You Could Be The Next John R. Rice!”

John 21:20, “Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?

I had the privilege of attending Hyles-Anderson College, which at the time was the greatest Bible college in the world (1985-1993), when Pastor Jack Hyles was still in charge, and they still believed that the King James Bible is 100% verbally inspired (word for word)! Sadly, since 2008 First Baptist Church Of Hammond (FBCH) has openly denied the verbal inspiration of the King James Bible, to their utter shame! God hasn't changed! The Holy Bible hasn't changed!

One day as I sat in class at HAC (with about two dozen other students), I remember something that the teacher (Brother Mitchell) said to me in front of the class—“You could be the next John R. Rice!” That made me feel good, that somebody believed God could use a nobody like me. However, after class ended, another male student approached me with contempt in the hallway, sarcastically saying: “The next John R. Rice, right!” That hurt my feelings, but the Lord saw that negative and discouraging remark! You know, I would never even consider myself even worthy to shine Dr. Rice's shoes, because he was such a great man of God. However, due to the power of the internet, God is reaching more people through my humble online labors than Dr. John R. Rice (1895-1980) could have ever imagined! 

Since 2002, my Jesus-is-Savior.com ministry website alone has received 110,407,505 visitors!!! I haven't keep track of my other six ministry websites. I have seven total, to God be the glory! Just like Dr. Rice, God has given me the gift of writing. It is my passion! On many nights I wish I didn't have to sleep, so I could just keep writing 24 hours a day for the Lord! I just wish I had a loyal wife by my side, to help me, while I help the ministry. Maybe someday, God willing! 

In my heart I feel like the next John R. Rice. God has given me the same burden and determination that Brother Rice had, to win as many souls to Jesus Christ as I can. Albeit, I am not trying to be the next John R. Rice, I am trying to be David J. Stewart (who God made me). But moreover, I am daily being conformed into the image of Jesus Christ, my great God and Savior (Romans 8:29). I never stop to see how I'm doing in my ministry, I just stay busy each day laboring for Christ, always moving forward, never looking backward. I don't care what my enemies say, nor do I even know, because I don't go searching for what critics (trolls) say, I have much better things to do with my time. And when a few web visitors tell me such garbage, I always send them this truthful quote by famous author Mark Twain:
“It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart: the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.” —Mark Twain
Whatever accomplishments God has made through me in the past are done. Whatever mistakes I've made along the way are history as far as God is concerned. What's past is past; I am only concerned about right now, and moving forward for the Lord. Philippians 3:13-14, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:21, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” 

I don't know if I'll ever be the next John R. Rice, but I am humbled that somebody thought that of me. It's is not about me, it's ALL ABOUT JESUS! I sure want to be all that God wants me to be. I like Hyles-Anderson Colleges's present motto: MAKE AN IMPACT!” It was said of Christ's disciples in Acts 17:6b, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;I'd say they were MAKING AN IMPACT! By God's grace, my website ministry has and is making an impact for the cause of Christ! I take no credit or praise for myself, I give it ALL to Jesus. John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” 

Humbly, if it weren't for Hyles-Anderson College, my website wouldn't exist today! So if there is any credit to be given—it is to my parents who sacrificed to put me into a Christian Jr. high and high school at our Baptist church, and Pastor Jack Hyles who turned the world upside down with his incredible ministry, and all the fine folks who were at FBCH and HAC when I attended between 1985 and 1993, when I graduated on the 'Dean's List.' I still can't believe I made it to the Dean's List (it only took me 8 years), because my first semester I failed half of my classes, literally! I was a loser, now I'm just a misfit...lol. I love this Scripture passage:
Philippians 2:13, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
So God not only gives us the desire (to will) to do something for Him, but then He gives us the ability to do it. I love that! Friend, if you are saved, God is assuredly working in your life. I don't know who, what, where, when or how, but He is I assure you, or else this verse is false. HE'S STILL WORKING ON ME!

“Love is thinking.” —Pastor Jack Hyles

Seek God's Face Continually

1st Chronicles 16:11, “Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.

The Bible speaks of seeking GOD'S FACE. When God is pleased with a man, He turns His face toward him. Genesis 33:10, And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me. Jacob had seen the face of God, because the Lord WAS PLEASED with Jacob. Is the Lord pleased with you friend? Is God pleased with me? 

What saith the Scripture? ...
Psalms 13:1, “How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
Psalms 22:24, “For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
Psalms 51:9, “Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
Psalms 69:17, “And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily.
Psalms 88:14, “LORD, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me?
When we live in willful sin as His children, our heavenly Father turns His face away from us, expressing His disapproval. Isaiah 59:2, “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” Living in sin hinders answers to prayer! 1st Peter 3:12, “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.” Over and over throughout the inspired pages of God's Words, we find mention of GOD'S FACE.” Is God's face toward you dear reader? 

Deuteronomy 4:29, “But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.” The Lord PROMISES us in His Word that if we seek Him, WE WILL FIND HIM! I love that reassurance from the Lord. God desires to be close to us as His children, as would any loving parent with their child. If we make an effort to SEEK THE LORD, He will run to meet us (as did the father running out to meet the Prodigal Son whom had returned). 

Here is one of my favorite musicians, Calvin Yawn on YouTube, playing IN THE GARDEN on the piano...

James 4:6-11, “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” We have God's solemn PROMISE that if we draw nigh unto Him, then HE WILL draw nigh unto us too! Do you understand dear friend that God wants to be CLOSE to you? 

1st Chronicles 16:11, “Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.Notice that we are to seek “HIS STRENGTH” as well. I need God's strength each day. This world is a jungle, cruel, woefully lacking in love and moral integrity; but our righteous God will never let us down! God's PROMISES in the Holy Scripture are 100% sure, reliable and guaranteed! Humanity will fail you. Family will disappoint you. Friends will let your down. Loved ones will betray you. Neighbors will despise you. What saith the Scripture? Hebrews 13:5, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” The LORD never forsakes His own, no, not ever, no way, ain't gonna happen!!! Seek His face dear reader! 
Numbers 6:24-26, “The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
When the Lord is pleased with us, He turns His face toward us, and we have His blessing. As a proud father turns His face in joy toward his earthly children, so also does our Heavenly Father lift His countenance in joy, toward them that obey Him
“You can't come back to God because He is already there.” —Dr. Jack Hyles

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Does A Christian Have To Believe In Hell?

Revelation 20:14-15, “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

I was asked a question recently by a web visitorIs it possible for a born-again Christian to deny the existence of Hell? Let me answer it this way—I have never met a truly born-again Christian who didn't believe in a literal Hell. I didn't say someone is not saved who denies Hell, I've just never met someone like that. For any religious person to deny the reality of a literal place called “Hell the Bible calls, “ANOTHER SPIRIT” (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4). Something is VERY WRONG with the theological mindset of a person who denies that Hell is a literal place of fire and brimstone, where the unsaved of all time will be punished for eternity without hope. 

Then there are professed Christians like Renee Roland on YouTube, who sincerely admits that she is a sheep, doesn't know if Hell exists and she is still studying the matter. Renee is not denying Hell, she simply hasn't come along that far yet in her Bible knowledge, and is ignorant of the Word of God, unqualified to teach it. So I don't have any opinion of her, she has openly admitted what she is doing. I do feel however, that until she becomes more learned in the Scriptures, she ought to refrain from making any more YouTube videos, because she is confusing people, in my humble opinion. HELL HAS FIRE!!! I like Renee's fighting spirit, and I am am glad she has read some of my writings online, but I cannot recommend her videos at this time until she settles this matter of eternal punishment. 

I highly recommend Dr. Max D. Younce's very helpful book: “A BIBLICAL EXAMINATION OF HELL” (available free online in .PDF format). 

Fewer people nowadays accept the idea of a literal Hell. National Geographic magazine published an article titled: 'The Campaign To Eliminate Hell.' I tell you with all Biblical certainty, THERE IS A LITERAL PLACE OF FIRE AND BRIMSTONE CALLED “HELL
Revelation 21:7-8, He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
I just don't understand how anyone, especially a professed child of God, could read this plain Scripture, and still doubt if Hell is a literal place of fire and brimstone!!! That is why I seriously DOUBT any professed Christian's salvation who boldly denies the reality of Hell, after having been taught the truth from God's Word. Something is VERY WRONG with the theological mindset of a professed Christian who denies the reality of a literal place of fire and brimstone called, “HELL”! What saith the Scripture? ...
2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9, “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
Pew Research statistics reveal that a shocking one-third (31%) of all adult professed Christians deny the existence of a burning eternal Hell. Of course, I seriously doubt if many of them are truly born-again Christians. Roman Catholics, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh-Day Adventist and Church of Christ are NOT Biblical Christians! SDA's and JW's deny the existence of a literal place of Hell, instead teaching the heresy of ANNIHILATION (i.e., you simply die and don't get resurrected in the future). Their rational is that sending someone to suffer in an eternal prison of fire and brimstone goes against the loving nature of God. Oh, how wrong they are! If God allows suffering, war, trauma, loneliness, pain, torment and death in this temporal life because of sin, what makes anyone think that He won't in the next eternal realm? Don't be a fool! 

Hell Is A Literal Place Of Fire And Brimstone

I am leery of the salvation claim of someone who denies the reality of Hell, because if there is no eternal punishment for sin, then why do we need a Savior? Seventh-Day Adventists, rationalize that it is beyond God's good nature to burn people in a Lake of Fire forever. That is how man FEELS, not what the VOICE of God's Word says. The Rapture, Age of the Earth, Zionism, Storehouse Tithing, Bride of Christ, Replacement Theology—these are all MINOR doctrinal disputes in the church. However, the reality of a burning Hell is a FUNDAMENTAL DOCTRINE. Romans 5:9, “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” Annihilation is not wrath! We all deserve to go straight to Hell and burn forever. 

Do you know how cults are started? Cults are started when unsaved people study the Bible, without the presence of the Author (i.e., the indwelling Holy Spirit). When a believer studies the Bible, the Holy Spirit teaches us. John 16:13, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.So when I hear someone who professes to be a Christian, but questions if Hell if real, I know they desperately need to be taught Bible doctrine. The Holy Spirit will bear witness with their spirit when taught, that there is a real place of Hell, which burns with fire and brimstone. What saith the Scripture? ...
Matthew 18:8, Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.
The Bible refers to “EVERLASTING FIRE.” It would be very wrong to say this is only “symbolic.” If we start down that path, taking it upon ourselves as the reader to decide what is (or is not) symbolic,” then we can literally wrest (twist) the Scripture to mean anything we want it to mean. That is exactly what unsaved people do (2nd Peter 3:16-17). If the Bible says “fire, it means “fire. If the Bible says “mansions,” it means “mansions.” In his massively popular, 'The MacArthur Study Bible,' when Dr. John MacArthur says that “BY HIS OWN BLOOD in Hebrews 9:12 really refers to Jesus' “DEATH,” he is lying and wresting the Bible. “Blood” means “blood”! Jesus entered into the heavenly Holy Place by His own “BLOOD” to make redemption for us! Beware of anyone who spiritualizes the Bible to mean something other than what it plainly reads! When the Bible uses symbology, as in Revelation chapter one, it tells us and explains that “stars” mean “angels.” Never read into the Scripture something that is not there, unless you let people know that you are merely speculating. 

Hell is a literal place where all Christ-rejecters will spend eternity without hope, rest or relief. This simply cannot refer to soul sleep or annihilation, because the Bible says THEY HAVE NO REST. They are being TORMENTED! ...
Revelation 14:11, “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
The Bible plainly teaches that God created Hell for THE DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS, not for mankind. This again strongly REFUTES the heresy of Annihilation. If unsaved men simply die, and cease to exist as punishment, then how could this verse make any sense? ...
Matthew 25:41, Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Did God prepare being unconscious in the grave (annihilation) for the Devil and fallen angels? No, He prepared a literal place of EVERLASTING FIRE for the Devil and demons, which is where all Christ-rejecting humans will spend eternity as well! Anyone who questions whether Hell is real, and has fire and brimstone, is woefully ignorant of the Word of God. We have an abundance of Scripture passages confirming the reality, horror and awfulness of Hell. 

What kind of God burns wicked people in Hell? A good God! What kind of judge puts criminals behind bars? A good judge! Our great and merciful God never sent anyone to Hell who didn't choose to go there! If you go to Hell someday, you will have no one to blame except yourself. God is a good God, and He freely offers to you an escape from God's wrath, through the blood of His cross. Colossians 1:20, “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” Ephesians 2:13, But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” 

I cannot even image in my mind, not for a moment, questioning whether I deserve to be punished in a burning Hell forever and ever. I most certainly do, and so do you! How do I know that? Simply because God is absolutely holy, and I am a sinner. No human being can even begin to grasp the righteousness of God. We are all sinners, by both nature and by choice, but God is incapable of sinning! Therefore, committing even one sin is enough to keep us out of the Kingdom of God, and to damn us to the Lake of Fire for all eternity. If you understand this basic Biblical principle, then it becomes clear why we deserve to Go to Hell. Don't make the grave mistake of comparing yourself to other sinful humans; but rather, compare yourself to the righteous God of the inspired Holy Bible. 
“There is no greater joy in the Christian life than to trust Him and need no explanation.” —Dr. Jack Hyles

Satan Is The Author Of Confusion

1st Corinthians 14:33, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”

Here, believe it or not, are the abbreviations for just SOME of the English Bible versions for sale on the market today. For example: the NIV is the New International Version, seen in the following list...
The reason why there are so many Bibles is obvious: 
First, because The Devil wants to confuse everybody.   
Second, because The Devil wants to lead people into religion without truth. Satan's greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever being born-again. Professor Gail Riplinger is right—Theological liberals are secularizing the Bible! Here is one of my favorite books by Dr. Riplinger titled: 'IN AWE OF THY WORD' (free online .PDF version of the book). 
Third, because of The sinful love of money which drives the evil market of Bible-corrupters. 1st Timothy 6:10 teaches that the LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL. Many people will do anything for money. This is why the Bible plainly reaches that NO MAN can serve God and mammon (wealth). Ye cannot serve God and mammon. You'll cling to one and hate the other, and there are no exceptions. Matthew 6:24, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.” Matthew 6:4 doesn't mean that it's a sin to become wealthy. It does mean that money should never become a priority in our lives.
 Obeying God ought to be our ONLY priority, as we are commanded in the Bible. Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” Notice that the Word of God doesn't say it is the partial duty of man; but rather, 'THE WHOLE DUTY OF MAN.' We were created by God and put here upon the earth to fear God and keep His commandments. This is our entire purpose for living!!! Revelation 4:11 teaches that all things were created for God's pleasure. Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE (not hard, but impossible) to please God.
The King James Bible is the only reliable and trustworthy Bible in the English-speaking world today. English is fast becoming the international language. Not surprisingly, this is one of the stated goals of The Georgia Guidestones, that is, a universal language. The reason why is to further world government, to prepare the stage for the coming Man of Sin, the Antichrist. God knew what He was doing when He gave us the King James Bible in 1611. This is the End Times Bible, and the last translation that the world will ever receive from God. All modern Bible versions are corrupted. According to the American Bible Society (ABS), there are approximately 900 different English Bible versions. . . .
I am afraid no one can give you an exact number for the English translations and paraphrases of the Bible printed since Tyndale's New Testament of 1526. In part this is due to the difficulty of determining what should be defined as a new translation as opposed to a correction or a revision of an existing translation. There is the additional question of how we should count translations that include not a complete Bible or Testament, but just a group of books or even a single book. And then, of course, there is the difficulty of sheer numbers. With all these caveats in mind, the number of printed English translations and paraphrases of the Bible, whether complete or not, is about 900. [emphasis added] Number Of English Translations Of The Bible; BIBLE Q & A; December 2, 2009.
Our nation's 16th U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), made this wise observation:
“In great contests [battles], each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God—both may be, but one must be, wrong—God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time!” —President Abraham Lincoln
Likewise, Bible translators and publishers all claim that their particular “new” and “better” Bible revision is the most accurate, but the various Bible versions all conflict, saying something a little (and oftentimes a lot) different! The King James Bible says in John 20:17 that Jesus told Mary Magdalene not to touch Him, but all the Alexandrian perversions say she was already holding onto Him, and He told her not to. There's a world of difference between not touching somebody, versus not holding onto them! The reason why Mary was not allowed to touch the Savior, as plainly stated—I am not yet ascended to my Father, because the blood had to be sprinkled upon the heavenly Mercy Seat in the presence of the Father (Hebrews 8:12, 22-24; 12:24). Satan is weakening, obscuring and hindering THE TRUTH with the modern corrupt Bible revisions! 
Acts 19:32, “Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.”
Kindly, I know Independent Baptist churches (e.g., Harvest Baptist Church on Guam) where multiple plans of salvation exist. 1st Corinthians 14:11, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” Here's THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT THE DIFFERENT BIBLE VERSIONS TODAY, WHICH ARE ANYTHING BUT HONEST SCHOLARSHIP. Please don't become the Devil's fool. Get you a King James Bible and love it, defend it, cherish it, read it, mediate on it, memorize it, proclaim it, study it, obey it and abide (live) therein!!!!!!!
“Hearts are united when they ache and break together.” —Pastor Jack Hyles

What Is Heaven Like?

Revelation 21:3-4, “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

People foolishly believe a lot of things they see and hear on television (e.g., Oprah Winfrey), or read in a book by a New Age author (e.g., James Praagh), forming unbiblical conclusions that are untrue. May I say, not everything said by Jerry Springer is true! There is much fake news nowadays! I heard President Donald Trump say this week in a press conference that 'The Wall Street Journal' publishes a lot of “FAKE NEWS! That's no better than Bob Jones University and their FAKE BIBLES! Despite all the fake news and theological frauds today, thankfully we have the unchanging Words of God in the KING JAMES BIBLE, teaching us about Heaven (and you can trust the inspired Words of God). What the Bible says is so! To keep the list brief, I have saved Scripture quotations until afterwards, which can can read for yourself. 

Here are 50 wonderful truths about Heaven:
  1. All the inhabitants of Heaven are part of a big family (Ephesians 3:15)
  2. Heaven is a city measuring 1,500 miles wide, long and high (a cube). That would cover most of the United States and part of Canada and Mexico to fit. All of the saved from all humanity will be there.
  3. The city is encompassed by a 216-foot-high wall, made of jasper.
  4. 12 entrance gates, 3 on each of the four sides, each made of a single pearl.
  5. Heaven has 12 foundations, each of a different precious gem stone.
  6. The city is made of pure gold, crystal clear in it's 100% purest form, resembling glass. 
  7. There's a beautiful river flowing from the throne of God.
  8. At the heart of the city is the glittering throne of God.
  9. There's a beautiful rainbow around God's throne with every color. Revelation 4:3, “And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.”
  10. Before the throne of God are four Cherubim beasts who praise God continually.
  11. Heaven is a holy city, the house of God the Father. We are going to live in God's home. Amen, amen, amen!
  12. Only saved people or angels may enter into Heaven.
  13. We'll all be in the city of God and be very pleased to be there.
  14. Saints in Heaven know what's going on here on earth, but do not see our sins.
  15. Our loved ones in Heaven are awake (Hebrews 12:1 - “witnesses” see and hear something). They're not called “role models,” but “witnesses,” because they are watching us run the race from Heaven).
  16. The inhabitants of Heaven see, hear and interact. They have a life, eternal life. They are alive and alert.
  17. There are horses in Heaven (Revelation 19:14).
  18. Saints in Heaven remember us (Samuel remembered Saul when he returned to pronounce judgment upon him, and Samuel knew what was going on here on earth. They were familiar with one another, nothing was erased; also, see Luke 15:7 - there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels; Luke 16:19-31 - Lazarus and Abraham recognized each other). 
  19. We will recognize our loved ones in Heaven (Peter, James and John recognized Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration; Saul and Samuel recognized each other; Mary recognized Jesus after He arose from the dead; the disciples recognized Jesus after His death). 
  20. Our bodily imperfections will be made perfect in Heaven. There are no cripples in Heaven. There are no obese people. There's no wheelchairs. There's no deaf, dumb or blind in Heaven. Philippians 3:21 promises we shall receive a body fashioned like unto the Lords. Jesus ate and drank in His resurrected body. He ascended in the air, defying gravity. The Lord walked through walls, walked on water, spoke and is alive physically somewhere in the universe today (He bodily ascended from the earth in Acts 1:9-11).
  21. God is going to be with us. (the worst part about Hell is being separated from God. People in Hell realize what they have missed, and gnash in bitter regret and tears).
  22. God Himself will wipe away all tears. No more death. No more pain. No more crying and tears. No more sorrow. 
  23. There's no night there, no darkness. The Lord's holiness lights the city. There's no need for candles, the sun or flashlights.
  24. There will be no more hunger pains. Americans by far don't know what it feels like to have no food, but many people in afflicted parts of Africa do. The saints will thirst and hunger no more. The food and drinks present are strictly for pleasure, without calories. 
  25. There will be no need for a heating system. The Lord's presence will warm us in Heaven.
  26. There are many mansions in Heaven, not cookie-cutter type homes. We will receive individualized mansions and nice homes, depending on our earthly service for Christ, with everything we need and want. Romans 8:32, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” We will have everything we need and desire in Heaven! There are no mortgages in Heaven. No home is ever foreclosed upon.
  27. Soulwinners will shine as the brightness of the stars in Heaven forever (Daniel 12:3). 
  28. We will work in Heaven, serving God day and night. Work is enjoyable in Heaven, in pleasant conditions, without pressure or troublesome co-workers. Only perfect Christians live in Heaven in glorified bodies. In Heaven, the saints are as children; that is, loving, trusting, humble, pure, innocent and pleasant to be around. Jude 1:24, “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.” Because of the precious blood of Jesus, the saints have been justified, JUST-IF-I'D never sinned at all. What an awesome God!!! 
  29. Heaven's gates are never closed. There are no creeps, thieves or shady characters in Heaven. The gates are open all the time. The saints leave their doors unlocked, because there are no locks on their doors, because there is no need for them. Can you imagine how beautiful it will be to live in such a place, that you don't even need locks on your car or home? God is beautiful!
  30. There is no crime in Heaven; there is no need for police or detectives. 
  31. Our saved loved ones are alive and conscious in Heaven. They watch our lives on earth, remember and recognize us (Luke 15:7-10; Revelation 6:9-10; Hebrews 12:1).
  32. Saints will be as the angels is Heaven, not given in marriage (Matthew 22:30)
  33. There won't be any fine print or shady advertising in Heaven. Everything is free!
  34. There is no fear in Heaven, because there will be nothing to fear. 1st John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
  35. There is no night in Heaven, it is always daytime.
  36. We will eat and drink in Heaven with Jesus and the angels (Matthew 26:29). The angels devoured “a feast” which Lot had prepared for them. Genesis 19:3b, “he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.” I believe eating, drinking and sleeping will be optional, not a necessity. We don't know about sleeping. Since our resurrected bodies will be immortal, they couldn't require anything to sustain them if truly immortal. 
  37. Presently, saints have a body in Heaven (II Corinthians 5:1). 
  38. Heaven is a place of perfect rest (Revelation 14:13).
  39. The archangel Lucifer used to live in Heaven before he sinned (Isaiah 14:12).
  40. God has prepared imaginable things for those who love Him (I Corinthians 2:9).
  41. Heaven is a place located beyond the farthest star to the north (Psalms 75:6).
  42. Laboring saints for Christ have treasures laid up in Heaven (Matthew 6:19-20)
  43. Heaven is a joyful place (Psalms 16:11).
  44. Heaven is a place of openness and understanding (1st Corinthians 13:12).
  45. There is rejoicing in Heaven when people get saved (Luke 15:10).
  46. There is a Holy Place and Tabernacle in Heaven (Hebrews 9:23).
  47. Heaven is a real, literal, physical place; a city (Hebrews 12:22).
  48. Heaven is a wonderful place. 
  49. God's inspired Word is settled forever in Heaven (Psalms 119:89).
  50. God is in Heaven on His throne (Ecclesiastes 5:2; Colossians 3:1)
John 14:1-3, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Here are ten MP3 sermons by Pastor Jack Hyles about HEAVEN...
  1. As In Heaven
  2. Heaven On Earth
  3. The Church In Heaven
  4. Heaven Is Jesus!
  5. I Dreamed, I Searched For Heaven
  6. Forever Settled In Heaven
  7. What Makes Heaven Happy
  8. What Will We Do In Heaven
  9. Heavenly Witnesses
  10. The Happiest Person In Heaven
Here are but a few precious Scripture passages about Heaven . . . 
Revelation 21:10-27, “And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.”
Revelation 7:15-17, “Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”
Revelation 22:1-6, “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”
The most beautiful thing about all of these Scriptures is that, like all Scripture, they are PROMISES from God. The entire Holy Bible is a book of PROMISES from God. Also, please read: 'Abiding In The Promises Of God.' 

“'I Can!' makes the man.” —Coystal Hyles to her son Jack Hyles

A Beautiful Poem By Pastor R.B. Ouellette (2007)

A POEM BY PASTOR R.B. OUELLETTE (2007) I heard the old-time preacher speak Without one reference to the Greek, “This precious Book within my...