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America’s Only Hope

I don’t think I need to tell you that America is in really bad shape today. We often lay the blame on the fact that we are in the last days. We use passages like 2 Timothy 4 to justify the decline.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

One thing that we seldom do is ask why this time has come upon us. Is it just something that God has ordained so it had to happen? I know that God foresaw it and recorded here so we would understand what happened, but I don’t think that is what He really wanted to happen. I am sure He would rather that we would remain faithful to His precepts. This does not take away from God’s sovereignty. Sovereignty does not mean He always gets what He wants, it means He has the right and power to correct and punish.

We also blame it on the liberals who have no moral compass to guide them because they have rejected the God of the Bible. They will do absolutely anything to get their way. If you will think about it, they are this way because there is no real righteous example for them to follow.

A French political scientist and historian, Alexis de Tocqueville, visited America to seek the secret to America’s greatness. Here is what he said:

“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers – and it was not there . . . in her fertile fields and boundless forests and it was not there . . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce – and it was not there . . . in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution – and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”

The secret to America’s greatness was found, not in her resources, her institutions, or even in her Constitution. It was in her goodness that came from the pulpits of her churches being “aflame with righteousness.”

Here are some sad statistics that give insight into why America has lost her greatness.

  • 4,000 Churches close their door every year
  • 4 out of 10 American attend Church weekly
  • 4 out of 10 Church attendees will Divorce
  • 3 out of 10 Pastors report that their Children are not in Church
  • 9 out of 10 Pastors believe the Bible speaks to the controversial political issues of our day
  • 1 out of 10 Pastors preach on these controversial political issues
  • We “win souls” only to see most of them disappear in a few weeks or months (more later)

Neither President Donald Trump, nor any other politician, can make America great again. America has lost her greatness because she is no longer good. She is no longer good because American pulpits are not aflame with the preaching of righteousness.

We are all familiar with 2 Chronicles 7:14:

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

This was the solution for Israel of old, and it is the solution for America today. This will not happen until our preachers put on their big-boy pants and start making our pulpits “aflame with righteousness.”

Paul’s message to Timothy was:

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (2 Timothy 4:1-2)

All preachers, pastors, evangelists, missionaries, revivalists, or any other name you want to give to a preacher, must follow the principles in this passage. Nothing else can stop the drift away from sound doctrine. It has been my experience that if we do this, those who are true Christians will love our preaching, and many of those who are not will respect us and want to know more. This is how I turned around three dying churches and got them back on the path to both spiritual and numerical growth.

Preach the Word

The first principle is that we must preach the Word of God. Notice that it doesn’t say teach the Word, it says preach the Word. Teaching is good and necessary for spiritual growth, but the Word must be preached if it is going to change lives. “This is what the Bible says,” is not enough. It must be “Thus Saith The Lord.”

I may offend some here, but verse by verse is good teaching, but it is seldom good preaching. I challenge you to find verse by verse preaching in the Bible. Bible preaching always preaches on topics. Don’t misunderstand me, we should do verse by verse teaching, but if we want our people to be sound in the faith we must teach doctrine. I have been told that verse by verse covers every doctrine in the Bible, but this is not wholly true. It does touch on every doctrine, but it does not get into the depth of doctrine.

Ask your church members if they can defend the deity of Christ to a Jehovah Witness. Can they defend eternal security to a Pentecostal? Can the prove, from the Scriptures, that it is God’s will to save all men, and not just a few that He chose in eternity past?

Read the writings of the old time Baptist church members and you will see that they could. I am not talking about pastors, I am talking about ordinary church members. I once asked these questions to one of our good and faithful church members, a man whose heart is set on serving God faithfully, and he could not defend these issues.

Be instant in season, out of season

This just means be ready at all times, when it is convenient (in season) and when it is not (out of season).

Reprove

This means we must be willing to point out error, even when it offends.

Rebuke

This means to make it personal and charge the person with his sin.

Exhort

Exhort means to encourage, through the use of strong language, to do what is right.

How are we to do this?

First of all, we are to do it with longsuffering. This simply means that we are to do with even though we may suffer some undesired consequences. It may cost us church members. We may suffer resistance from our deacons. It may offend the brethren. If we don’t do it we offend the God of Heaven, to whom we will all answer one day.

Secondly, we are to do it with doctrine. When I was a baby Christian, we never talked about discipleship or discipleship classes. They were not needed because our pastors taught doctrine from the pulpit. If you were in church you learned what we believed, why we believed it, and how to defend what we believe against those who teach false doctrine.

Why aren’t our pulpits aflame with righteousness?

We have been spoiled by men’s philosophies and traditions.

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. (Colossians 2:8)

It starts with a fear of man. We would rather offend God, and be accepted by men. We have been taught to be positive in our teaching because negativity drives people way. We have tailored our presentation of the Gospel so as not to offend the sinner. One of the first things we tell the lost person is, God loves you. Then we quote John 3:16. Next, we present all of the benefits of being saved. We make it all about the person, rather than all about God.

We do reap many benefits from salvation, but that is not why God saves us.

That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:7)

In our invitations, we use man’s psychological methods to get people to the altar. We ask inoffensive questions and have the people answer them by a raised hand. We ask these questions to prime the pump and take away any fear that the lost may have about raising their hands. We then ask those who are not sure of their salvation to raise their hands. Then, during the invitation, we use the fact they raised their hand to shame them to coming forward. Of course, we do it inoffensively, but we do it.

Where in the world do we find this in the Scriptures?

In Acts Chapter 2, Peter’s message told them that they were in dire trouble with God because they had just crucified His Son. On Mars Hill, Paul told the philosophers they would have to answer to the unknown God who created the universe. In Nineveh, Jonah told them that the city would be destroyed in 40 days. Steven’s message to the religious leaders when he was stoned told them how they, like their fathers, had rejected God and His precepts, and that they would be judged for this.

There was no invitation, yet people got saved in each case. I am not saying invitations are wrong, but that is the Holy Spirit that is to do the convicting and bring about a reaction.

In Acts Chapter 2, 3,000 got saved. On Mars Hill, a few got saved, and through them, the Gospel came to Europe and America. In Nineveh, it is estimated that something like on million souls repented and turned to God. Steven’s message only reached one soul that we know about, but it was the great Apostle Paul who was used of God to give us most of our New Testament.

Our problem is, we don’t believe what the Bible says about how souls are saved. I am not talking about the fact that it is by grace, through faith, without works. I am talking about what it takes to bring people to understand their need and desire to know how to be saved.

For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. (1 Corinthians 1:21)

It is the preaching of God’s Word, not men’s plans and methods, that brings sinners to seek salvation and believe the Gospel. When preaching has its proper place in our soul-winning efforts we will see a good harvest. We will see professions that do not fade away in a few weeks or mounts.

The only hope for our nation is a return to God’s precepts and methods by God’s people.

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Real Revival

In North Carolina it seems that there is a season when churches have what they call revival services. Each time we go through this season, I think a lot about revival. The questions I have been asking are: What causes revival? How do we know when revival comes? What does revival look like? And what are the results, or fruit, of revival?

The starting point in my study has been looking at the revivals of the past and comparing them with what we see today in “revivals.” Today we see a lot of shouting and praising God. We see people jumping up and giving testimonies of how good God has been to them. This is not necessicarily a bad thing, but it is not what we see when we look at the great revivals of the past.

While it is true that there was, in some cases, a lot of noise, they did not start with rejoicing and praising God. The noise of the great revivals of the past was crying and lamenting over sin. People fell on their faces in tears crying out to God for mercy and forgiveness.

In Isaiah 6:1-8 we see personal revival breaking out in the life of one man, Isaiah.

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his1 train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one2 cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole3 earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. (Isaiah 6:1-8)

In this passage we find the answers to all of my questions. It started by getting a vision of God. Isaiah saw God in all of His glory. Romans 2:4 tells us that the goodness of God leads us to repentance. When we see God in all of His holiness (goodness) it reveals our badness (lack of true holiness) and leads us to repentance. This repentance is what causes true revival.

When we see God as He really is we can respond in one of two ways. 2 Corinthians 7:9-11 speaks of two kinds of sorrow. The first is the sorrow that works, or causes, repentance. The second is the sorrow of the world that works death. The first is being truly sorrow for having offended God and recognizing our guilt before Him. The second is being sorry that our sin has been found out and wanting to excuse it just to avoid punishment.

We know that revival has come when we see godly sorrow. We see this in Isaiah when he cried out “Woe is me! for I am undone.” You will notice that he not only confessed his own sin, but also the sin of his people. This is what true revival looks like. There will be an acute sense of our sinfulness and broken and repentant hearts.

In true revival there will be a crying out for mercy and forgiveness. Repentance will be clearly seen in those who are revived. They will turn from their wicked ways. They will search the Scriptures to learn what God expects of His people. They will change their lives to match what they find. Then, and only then, God will make us fit for His service and remove our iniquity.

One of the most important results of revival is that people hear the call of God. In Isaiah 6 Isaiah hears God say “Who shall I send, and who will go for us?” When this call is heard, those who are revived will volunteer for the mission at hand. This does not mean that they will all surrender to what we call “full-time ministry.” It means that all will surrender to minister for God where He has placed them.

If we want real revival we must first seek to know God. We must see His holiness and our sinfulness. We must have godly sorrow and repentance. We must be willing to do what God desires regardless of the cost.

Revival is expensive, it requires all that we have. The end result of true revival is that God is glorified, souls are saved, and then there is great rejoicing in Heaven and on earth.

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Universal Church: Fact or Fiction – Introduction

Baptists exist because they refused to be associated with those who changed the meaning and purpose of baptism. From the time in the second century when baptismal regeneration became prominent, until sometime after the Reformation, Baptists stood separate from the apostasy of those churches which later became the Catholic or Universal Church. Sometime after the Reformation, they became protestantized (allow me to invent a new word) and over time accepted the false doctrine of the “universal church.” If the “true church” is the “universal body of Christ” how could Baptists maintain this separation? If we all are part of one great universal church, shouldn’t we all join together in the work of Christ under the authority of the Catholic (universal) Church?

The doctrine of the universal church is the basis of the ecumenical movement. This doctrine teaches that since we are all part of the “true church” we should all join together in Christ’s service. This is not what the Scriptures teach.

I Timothy 6:3-5 tells us:

If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing

nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. (Emphasis mine.)

It is not my purpose in this book to deal in depth with the issue of separation, but this passage does tell us to withdraw ourselves from those who teach other than what the Scriptures teach. That would surely include churches that are based on false doctrine. Many denominations teach false doctrine on such important things as how one is saved. Baptists are not to join with them, but withdraw ourselves from them.

The universal church doctrine has an effect on church discipline. How can someone be put out of a local church for immorality or false doctrine if they are still part of the “universal or true church?”

There are two other important doctrines that Baptists have stood for from the beginning. These are the authority of, and the autonomy of, the local church. If the “true church” is universal, is it not a bit prideful to stand for these doctrines? The Scriptures clearly teach that the church is to be unified, but if every church has the right to be self-governed, how can this unity exist? If the true church is universal, then what the Catholic (universal) Church teaches about no salvation outside the church and having a “vicar of Christ”, the Pope, to keep unity makes perfect sense. If, on the other hand, the true church is a local assembly, shouldn’t we follow the simple structure we find in Scripture to keep unity in a church?

Even though there is nothing in the New Testament to support the idea of a universal church, unless you bring the idea in from outside and try to find support, many Baptists continue to believe in and teach its existence. This doctrine undermines everything Baptists have stood for since the time of the apostles. It also flies in the face of biblical ecclesiology.

Baptists have sat at the feet of Protestants too long. We have been protestantized by using Protestant systematic theology books in our schools. It is time we cease to follow the error of the Protestants on this issue and examine the doctrine of the church from the Scriptures. Getting doctrine from theology books is always dangerous because such books are written by fallible men. If we get our doctrine of the true church from Scripture, we will find that it is the local church. The Scriptures will show the universal church to be a fraud foisted upon Baptists by the Catholics and Protestants. The Catholics developed the universal visible church and the Protestants invented a new doctrine of the universal invisible church because they needed to justify their leaving the Catholic Church. It had taught them that there was no salvation outside the church, and they found themselves outside of the Catholic Church.

C. I. Scofield probably had more to do with Baptists accepting this false universal church doctrine than any other individual. Many of us older Baptists were raised on the Scofield Bible. It was well loved by Baptists because its study notes taught dispensationalism and the pre-tribulation rapture. An on line search shows that Scofield has many detractors. Most of them are trying to destroy his reputation only because they disagree with his doctrine. This is not my purpose here.

His study notes have had great influence among Bible-believing Baptists, and for the most part, this influence has been good. What I want to point out is that he was not a Baptist and some of his doctrine did not line up with Scripture. He, like all the rest of us who write on biblical subjects, was not infallible. One example of his doctrinal errors can be seen in his notes on Genesis 1:1-2 where he taught the gap theory of creation. Here is what his notes say.

Without form and void

Jer. 4:23-27; Isa. 24:1; Isa. 45:18 clearly indicate that the earth had undergone a cataclysmic change as a result of divine judgment. The face of the earth bears everywhere the marks of such a catastrophe. There are not wanting imitations which connect it with a previous testing and fall of angles.

Relative to the discussion on the church, it must be remembered that he was born into a nominal Episcopalian family. After his conversion he was the pastor (even though he was divorced) of Congregational churches, and in his latter years became a Presbyterian. He was a Protestant and held Protestant doctrine concerning the church.

The purpose of this work is to bring us back to a scriptural view of the church. I ask you to prayerfully examine this material and study it with an open mind.

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The Forgotten Message of the Gospel

The most common message that is taken to the lost in our day is the message that God loves them. While it is true that God loves the world (John 1:16), and that this means He loves each and every person including the lost, this is not the message that needs to be communicated to the lost. The message that the lost need to hear is the message of God’s wrath against all ungodliness and unrighteousness.

The whole idea of love in its modern interpretation is that one who loves will never punish. Nothing could be farther from the truth. God loves all of His creation, and because of this love, He must separate all that would harm it. This includes Satan and his hordes and all those who would live contrary to His righteous laws.

Numbers 14:18 tells us, “The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.”

We forget that letting someone get away with doing wrong is unjust. If someone were to murder someone close to you and the judge was to let them go free you would call him an unjust judge. God is a holy, righteous, and just God. He cannot allow sin to go unpunished. This is not a sign of His lack of love, it is a sign of His perfect love.

Romans 1:18-19 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them

Most of the new Bible translations change “hold the truth” into “suppress the truth.” The Greek word translated “hold” means to have something in your possession. It does not mean to suppress. Those who hold on to something, those who have it in their possession, may very well suppress it, but this is not the meaning of the Greek word. The context doesn’t deal with suppressing anything, it deals with being without excuse (Verse 20) because they know the truth (Verse 21).

Everyone has (holds in his consciousness) that measure of truth which may be known by the natural man. Many refuse to profit from the light they have and love the darkness rather than the light. All who do not live up to the knowledge they possess, who do that which they know they should not do, hold the truth in unrighteousness.

Verse 32 supports this interpretation. It says, “Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

They know the judgment they deserve and instead of turning to righteousness, the encourage others to live in unrighteousness. I suppose it makes them feel less guilty if everyone is doing it.

While on the subject of guilt, let me explain what it is. Guilt comes from the law that God has written in the hearts of all of us. It is that part of us that makes us know that some things are wrong. We don’t need anyone to tell us that it is wrong to kill someone just because we don’t like something they have done or because they have we want. We call this the conscience. The conscience is the policeman in our lives. It brings conviction when we do wrong.

John 8:9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

The sad thing is the conscience can be rendered useless:

1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

When we refuse to listen to God and deliberately go against His precepts He does something that makes it very difficult, if not impossible, for us to turn back from our sinful ways. Listen to the following verse:

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

A reprobate mind is a mind that is void of sound judgment. It is a mind that can no longer tell right from wrong. It is a mind that is seared with a hot iron.

It is important that we give the lost the right message before they reach this point. You and I cannot tell for sure when someone has reached this point so we need to try to reach even the most unrighteous among us. But you can be sure that those who have a seared conscience and a reprobate mind are pretty much unreachable.

We need to understand where we came from. We were once the children of wrath just like the lost in the world today. Here is what Paul had to say about this:

Ephesians 2:1-3 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Notice in whose way we walked. It was the course of the world according to Satan, the prince of the power of the air. He is the spirit in those who are disobedient to God’s precepts. Notice also that it is in the past tense for those of us who are saved. A true Christian walks according to the precepts of God. He is not perfect, but when he stumbles, he is quick to confess his sin to his heavenly Father who cleanses him (1 John 1:9).

We are told in Ephesians 2:8-9 that we are saved by grace, through faith, without works. This does not mean that we are not to work. It simply means that we don’t work for our salvation. We are to work because we have been saved (Ephesians 2:10).

Let’s look at some other verses that deal with what we should be telling the lost.

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

This verse contains two very important thoughts. The first is that those who believe on the Son have everlasting life. Believe on does not simply meant to believe He existed, or even to believe what He said. It means to put one’s trust in Him totally for salvation. Those who do so have, right now, everlasting life. That is a life that will never end.

You will note that it says “he that believeth not the Son,” it doesn’t say believeth not on the Son. This tells us that those who don’t believe what He says shall not see life. Of course, the main point I want us to see is that the wrath of God already abides on them. This also is present tense. The lost person needs to be taught this before the love of God will mean anything to him.

Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

The context of this verse is dealing with our conduct and obedience to God. It tells us that those who disobey God will fall under the wrath of God. The lost don’t need to know that God loves them, they need to know that they are in danger of the condemnation that comes with God’s wrath.

Colossians 3:6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

This verse, like the one before, tells us that those who disobey God will be subject to the wrath of God. This is the message the lost need to hear.

My whole purpose for writing this article is to point out that we are giving the wrong message to the lost. The message most are communicating to the lost is that although they are sinners, God has provided for the free forgiveness of sin because He loves us.

It is true that God loves everyone, including the lost. It is also true that forgiveness of sin is free from our point of view. However, it is not true that salvation places no obligations on the saved as the love-centered message implies. The depth of God’s love cannot be understood until the sinner understands the horror of his sin and the danger of his position.

The one thing that the “love” message fails to communicate is the need for repentance. Repentance essentially means to change one’s mind. Most who preach repentance say that we are to repent of our sins to be saved. Although there will be a change of mind concerning sin if one comes to Christ for salvation, the Bible never says that sin is what must be repented of. I have looked at every reference to repentance in any form in English, Greek, and Hebrew and I have not found any reference to repenting of sins for salvation.

There is a passage that tells us what one must repent of for salvation. It is found in Hebrews 6:

Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

Notice that we are told that part of the foundation is “repentance from dead works.” What are the dead works that we are to repent of? They are the works we try to do for our salvation. Every religion in the world except biblical Christianity teaches some kind of works for salvation.

Until the lost understand they will face God’s judgment there will be no real conviction of sin. Without the conviction of sin, there will be no seeking the solution to their dire predicament. When they understand their sin and God’s justified wrath, they will realize that they cannot be good enough to earn their own salvation. They will then turn to God for mercy. Then they are ready to hear about God’s love and to put their faith in Christ for salvation. They will then have a grateful heart that will work a change in their life.

The fact that we are putting the emphasis on God’s love instead of God’s wrath when we talk to the lost is resulting in many false professions of faith. This explains why it is so difficult to get new “converts” to be faithful to the precepts of God. They are like those in the parable of the sower which are represented by the stony ground.

Matthew 13:18-23 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

The stony ground is those who are only interested in the Gospel because they think it will solve all of their problems. This is why they receive the word with joy. They have no root in themselves. There is no possession of the new life in Christ. They are just looking for a Santa Clause god who will give them what they want. As soon as the trials come they are offended and turn their backs upon the things of God.

Some professing Christians don’t believe God will send the lost to eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire, but here is what the Scriptures say on the subject.

Revelation 20:11-15 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. 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. 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. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The destiny of the lost is too important for us to risk leading them astray. We need to follow the example of the Scriptures and present the Gospel in a way that brings conviction of sin and works repentance in the hearts of those we speak to.