Hell Sermon Illustrations

Hell Sermon Illustrations

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Leaving the Ministry

A man in retiring from the ministry gave, among others, two reasons for his action. He said: "I believe that the world is going to be made better, not by religious spasm or revival, but by education," Jesus taught that men are saved not by education, but by regeneration. "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." Was it not Francis Bacon who suggested that to educate a bad man is to make of him a clever devil? We believe in education, but not in education as a substitute for regeneration. We rejoice that the first work of the Holy Spirit, who came in obedience to the promise of Christ and to represent Him, was a great revival in which brokenhearted men sought and accepted the Saviour. These men who would substitute education for regeneration are false prophets, and we are glad that at least one of them has had the courage to decline to be supported by a church, the doctrines of which he does not believe.

Another reason given by this retiring minister is the following: "Because I do not care a snap of the finger about keeping men out of hell and getting them into heaven, but I do care tremendously about making this earth more like heaven and less like hell." Here is another perversion of truth. All sensible men believe that we ought to make this world a fit habitat for saved men and women, that we ought to drain it, cleanse it, purify it to the extent of our ability. We ought to close its saloons, its brothels, its gambling hells. We ought to see to it that the rich do not oppress the poor, and that the strong do not make slaves of the weak. But a man who does not care whether his congregation goes to hell or not seems to limit his gospel of social service. We wonder that sensible men make such fools of themselves in carrying their doctrines to extremes.—The Watchman-Examiner

Which Door?

George Whitefield, while preaching once on the text, "The door was shut," had two flippant young men in his congregation. One was heard to say to the other in mirth, "What if the door be shut? Another will open!" Mr. Whitefield said later in the sermon, "It is possible that there may be someone here who is careless and trifling, and says: `What matter if the door be shut? Another will open!"' The two young men looked at each other in alarm. Mr. Whitefield proceeded: "Yes, another door will open. It will be the door to the bottomless pit—the door to hell!"—Sunday School Times.

Separated Forever

All through life, ever since they were classmates at college, Senator Toombs of Georgia and George Pierce were fast friends.

The senator was an unconverted man, and lived a godless life. He had, however, married an earnest Christian woman, whom he regarded with feeling akin to veneration.

One day, while visiting at his lovely home, Pierce opened a conversation with his friend on this wise:

"Something's going to happen after a while that will go mighty hard with you, Toombs."

"What's that?" asked the senator.

"You and your much-loved wife will be separated. She's going to Heaven and you will go to hell."

"No, that can't be."

"Yes, it can be; and it will be unless you receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour. You will be separated from her forever."

Toombs was silent for a few minutes, and then said, "George, I can't stand that. I could never stand such a thing."

That conversation resulted in the senator's conversion. As a guilty sinner he knelt at the Saviour's feet, entreated Him for pardon, and henceforward walked hand in hand with his wife as a companion of her Christian life.

It is a terrible thought that amongst the readers of these lines there may be two sisters, or two brothers, or two dear friends (it may be husband and wife), who are traveling down the stream of life side by side, but who are going to be separated for all eternity because one has been saved through the Blood of Christ, and the other still spurns Him and slights His gracious call.The Lamp.

The Hereafter

"I'm tired of all this preaching about the hereafter," said an impatient young voice. "I'm living now, and I mean to have a good time. The hereafter isn't here yet!" But her more thoughtful companion replied, "No—only the first part of it; but I shouldn't wonder if the `here' had a good deal to do with shap­ing the `after.'"—Forward.

A Miner's Rebuke

A person who by birth, wealth, and education should have been a gentleman, but was not, went to see a coal mine.

The miner who took him down was a Christian, and was much pained by the profane language of the visitor. As they  descended the shaft, they felt it getting hotter and hotter; and at last the heat became so great that the visitor said, "Dear me! It's terribly hot! I wonder how far it is to hell?"

"I don't know the exact distance, sir," replied the Christian miner gravely, "but if one link of the chain gives way, you'll be there in a short time."

The plain miner was the means of rousing the profane man to a sense of his perilous condition.

In the case of every unconverted man, there is only a step—a breath—between him and death, and after that the judgment.—Selected.

No Hell in This Life

During the bombing of London a certain district came in for very severe bombardment and whole streets were demolished with considerable loss of life. Visiting the people with the Gospel literature after one of these nights of terror the Open Air Mission evangelist encountered an old skeptic. "Oh!" he exclaimed, "this bombing is hell, isn't it? Absolute hell!" "No," replied the evangelist. "And I'll give you three reasons why it is not hell. First I am a Christian and there are no Christians in hell. Second, there is a public house round the corner and there are no public houses in hell. Third, here I am proclaiming the Gospel, and there is no Gospel in hell." . . . Four weeks later the evangelist was proclaiming the Gospel in Hyde Park. When he made the appeal for decision who should be the first man to come forward to decide for Christ, but this old skeptic.—In Britain's Camps.

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