Westside Baptist Church of York  

Welcome to West Side Baptist Church of York

Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

"And these shall go away into everlasting punishment..."
Matthew 25:46



Are there any teachings of the Bible which arouse the ire of the unconverted person more than the doctrine of everlasting punishment? Hell is ridiculed as unworthy of any sensible person's belief, in spite of the fact that it is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself who warned of it so often. Those who do give it serious thought wonder how a loving God could consign the impenitent and unbelieving to an endless perdition, little imagining that their own views of the trivial nature of sin differ significantly from God's views of sin. That God is serious about His authority over His creature man, and holds him accountable to obedience is not believe by sinful man. Our sinful human nature loves living according to our moods, lusts, greeds, and resentments rather than according to God's commandments. Who is God that we should obey His voice, do His will, yield to His authority? The unregenerate man minimized his sins but magnifies anything he considers to be his virtuous actions. But our everlasting destiny doe not hinge on our prejudiced self-evaluation, but on God's righteous judgment. God does not minimize our sins, but warns us that the wages of sin is death, and that "the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderes, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." Neither does God magnify the "virtuous actions" of the uncoonverted person; rather He says that mankind is "like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags." To sin against the infinitely good and glorious God of heaven is worth of everlasting punishment. Those who mock at hell do so because to them God is not infinitely good and glorious, but a minor personage unworthy of our obedience, submission, and worship. The proper response to the Bible's teaching on hell is to repent and believe in Christ.

"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."



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