“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” Proverbs 14:12

What happens to a person when they breathe their last breath and instead of waking up in glory, to be rewarded for all the good they’ve done in the name of Christ, they find themselves staring at an eternal sea of flames, compounded by outer darkness in that place called hell? Sound impossible? On the outside it would appear so, but yet so many have crossed over from this life into the next believing they had the assurance of eternal hope, only to find out instead, and all too late, it was based on a lie.

2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 says “He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false,” There comes a point in every person’s life where they must not only choose what is right and ultimately shun that which is wrong, but they must understand just what they believe as truth and make sure that “truth” they are listening to is based on the word. Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:21 “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;If what you are believing in is not founded on the word, if it’s something not right, it is another gospel altogether, and if you do not test it soundly with the word of God, then not only are you at risk of believing a lie, you are at risk of losing your salvation, and even worse – walking your entire life believing such a lie.

Yet, even now, thousands upon thousands, possibly millions of well meaning people have ended up in hell, shocked beyond reason that they could be in such a place, believing they had the truth, but instead they had a lie. But how? How could someone even remotely declare themselves to be a believer, but find themselves lost in eternity, standing at the entrance to hell and ask, “Why am I here?” 

Today there are tens of millions of people living a life by a gospel they believe has promised them eternity, and most, if not all, openly call themselves “Christians”. They go to church almost regularly. They sing in the choir, they give to missions, they feed the hungry and they see to it the naked are clothed, by every action they project the image of what a Christian is supposed to be. Yet they are as lost as the pagan. They are lost in their doctrine of works. Sadly, many in the modern church world falls under this category and yet they continue to walk on in their life as if nothing is wrong, that God himself has blessed them beyond measure, their blessing and prosperity in this life validating their theology. But they are dead inside.

Yet there are others still, the “religious”, who believe their acts of self righteous performed before the congregations constitutes them earning their entrance to heaven. They preach the name of Jesus, they lay hands on the sick, they openly declare how righteous they are and prove it by their wealth and earthly abundance as God’s blessing on their lives. Yet Jesus called these people something much darker than they would like to believe, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. (Matthew 23:27).

Sadly, there is yet another group, ones who have followed a form of religion for most, if not all of their lives that promised them eternal salvation, even mentioning the name of Jesus, but the focus was on works, on ritual, on another gospel. Their salvation was on something other than Christ and what he did on the cross, and millions are currently living this way, and millions more have died living this way – to their eternal doom.

A gospel message which never yields an outward or inward change, but says to the person they never have to change their behavior or way of life. Theology which produces sermons which never convicts the sinner, or even the Christian to live a life which is holy and blameless before the Lord, a gospel which removes the cross from the object of faith, and instead focuses on self, or on works or religion, are pathways to hell that many are traveling.

It’s hard to grasp with the human mind just what someone who has believed such a lie (or lies) and shakes their head in utter dismay when they realize that their hope, their assurance was all built upon a deception from the beginning, a deception which was conceived in hell by Satan himself to lure billions into eternity without Christ. This is why the Buddhist, the Hindu, the Catholic, the Mormon, the Jew and so many others, and even those who have claimed Christ, will find themselves standing at the gates of hell demanding to know why they are there. Is it possible? Is it a mistake? The truth is much more shocking – “On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:22-23)

Jesus tells us a day is coming when the books will be opened and every question will be answered at the great throne judgment, and those who have sadly asked, “Why am I here?” Will have their answer, but that answer will echo deep into their soul as they are led away for their final abode. Why are they there? They spoke Christ’s name, they did many good things in the name of Christ, and even religion, but they are there for one reason and one reason only, they did not believe.

Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,” The fact remains, there is but one way to God, and that is through the son, Jesus Christ. But that way is not by works, nor is it by rituals or any other path, it is by one way alone – faith in what Christ did on the cross and accepting it all by faith. The eternal plight of many bound up in false religions, or a false gospel or false theology is all because its departure from the core message, which is the cross. If it doesn’t lead a man or woman to the cross, then it’s true design is for ruin – eternal ruin for all who will hear and who will follow.

Take heed of the warning the apostle Paul declared for all who would listen, lest they too find themselves standing at the gates of hell and ask, “Why am I here?” You are here because you believed the lie.

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8)


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