"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
This page editorial help: Sister Lynn near Atlanta, GA
Eternal punishment for 'the wicked' will be torment in hell and then in the lake of fire that is prepared for the devil and his angels. It is neither liberation nor annihilation.
Jesus Christ preached about hell and eternal punishment to the wicked. But, there are some weird theologians and preachers who preach that the wicked people will be liberated or they will cease to exist in hell. They preach a lot of such nonsense as if they are the ones who will decide the affairs in eternity. Let us see what the word of God says about it. "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: 42 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal." Jesus Christ is teaching in many ways how we can receive eternal life. In this parable, he does not require a person to be holy or perfect or to mortify the flesh, etc, but he only points out a heart of compassion. If we love God and love our fellow men, we will help them in their need, and can get into eternal life. But if we do not even have compassion, then we will face eternal punishment. "Mark 3:28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: 29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:" Here, Jesus Christ says that a lot of sins are forgiven, except for the blaspheme of the Holy Ghost, since the Holy Ghost is God. Why do people have the audacity to blaspheme God? Yet so many preachers blaspheme God and they will burn in hell. "2 Thessalonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;" The gospel of Jesus Christ is to obey his commandments. But most preachers preach that gospel is to believe the story of Jesus Christ. There is nothing to obey, and so it is false gospel. Jesus Christ will take vengeance on them in flaming fire, that is, he will burn them in hell. "Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. 11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." The everlasting fire is made to punish the devil, and he will be cast into the lake of fire. All people will stand for judgment and they will be judged by their works. There are a lot of preachers that twist the word of God and preach that our salvation is not by what we do. They all will be thrown into the lake of fire. The name of the righteous people are written in the book of life and all the unrighteous people will be thrown into the lake of fire. "Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 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." Those who do not overcome sin, the unbelieving, the abominable, murderers, whoremongers, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, will also be in hell. God is the most righteous judge and he is giving ample chances to everybody. We must make use of the time that is given to us.
Please look at this link that will give information for eternal life: "Eternal Life", "Good and Evil." Thank you.
God Bless You