“It’s not God who sends people to hell; they send
That’s like saying, “Teachers don’t punish students who misbehave;
they punish themselves.”
Allow me to revert back to my third-grade self for a moment. As a
student who was disciplined for talking in class, I can guarantee that I
never punished myself.
My teacher could have said, “Susie, by talking out of turn, you’ve
chosen detention.” But that wouldn’t have been accurate.
If I reject the class rules, I must accept the consequences.
But I didn’t choose the consequences.
My teacher sent me to detention because I rejected the rules.
I like my teacher. She’s a good instructor. By saying, “I sent myself to
detention,” I’m trying to make my teacher look better. Would a good
and loving teacher actually choose to send her student to detention?
You can see where I’m going with this, can’t you?
We don’t need to defend God.
He’s big enough to stand on His own.
And a perfect,
says He will send those who reject Him to hell.
Yes, man chooses to accept or reject God.
Yes, man has no choice but to face the consequences of his
But God is the One who actually sends sinners to hell.
“And if anyone’s name was not found recorded in the Book of
Life, he was thrown into the Lake of Fire” (Revelation 20:15 LB).
“But I’ll tell you whom to fear—fear God who has the power
to kill and then cast into hell” (Luke 12:5 LB).
“Fear only God who can destroy both soul and body
in hell” (Matthew 10:28 LB).
The good news is that He doesn’t want anyone to go to hell!
His desire is that all would choose Him.
But He allows us to make the decision.
I have been saved from hell, not simply because I have confessed,
repented and accepted God’s forgiveness for my sins . . .
I believe HIM.
I believe He is perfect.
I believe what He says is true.
And I believe everything He says.
Because God says He will send people to hell—and isn’t ashamed of
it—then I shouldn’t try to make Him sound better by attempting to
explain away His actions.
He explains Himself through Scripture.
Please pray for me this week as I speak at the East TN District camp