No Laughing Matter
By Greg Laurie
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
A lot of people say they don’t believe in Hell, but they still seem to like using the word. But I think by using it so often to punctuate a sentence, people are admitting that deep down inside, they really believe that a place called Hell
There is, by the way, a town in Michigan called Hell. How does a place end up with a name like that? There are several theories. One is that it was a swampy, undesirable area, and when
someone asked George Reeves, an early settler there, what to name it, he reportedly said, “I don't care. You can name it Hell for all I care.”
So, they did. Apparently, the residents have made
it a bit of tourist destination with various events and business that play on the name.
But really, the subject of Hell isn’t a joke at all.
we don’t want to talk about it, and sometimes people will acknowledge there could be a place like Hell for really, really bad people—for the Hitlers of the world. But we don’t ever want to think that we could go there or that someone we know
could go there.
Yet of the 40 parables that Jesus told, half of them relate to God’s eternal judgment of sinners. As J. I. Packer pointed out, “An endless hell can no more be removed from the
New Testament than can an endless heaven.”
Jesus Christ bore our sins on the cross. He did that for us so we don’t have to go to Hell. John 3:16 tells us, “For God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (NKJV).
The gospel is a universal declaration that Hell is not God’s desire for
This is for All people in the whole world . . . :
King James Version (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Scripture Prayers of Salvation
Pray the following out loud:
John 3:16 … Thank You Lord for loving me so much that You gave Your one and only Son, that when I believe in Him I will not perish but have eternal life. I believe in Jesus with my heart and I ask you to forgive me of all my sins. I renounce
satan and all his works and ways, I choose the truth and disavow satan and all his lies. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ my Lord.
Romans 10:9-10 … Thank You Lord that when I confess with my
mouth Jesus as Lord, and believes in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I will be saved. I believe in my heart and accept You as Lord. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ my Lord.
Isaiah 45:8, 2 Tim
2:10 … Thank You Lord that salvation will spring up within my heart, that I may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. In the name of Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 3:18 … Thank
You Lord that I may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the name of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 19:10 … Thank You Lord that I may grow to find Your Word more precious than much
pure gold and sweeter than honey from the comb. In the name of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 42:1-2 … Thank You Lord that You will create within me a hunger, a longing, for You and Your will. Set my heart flames
a fire in love with you. Reveal yourself to me. Make me to love you as you love me. In the name of Jesus Christ.