THE WARNING SIGNS
Throughout the Bible, we are warned of dangers. Not only are we warned of the dangers, we are told what the penalty will be; yet, multitudes go carelessly on their way failing to give heed to these dangers. Somehow, most people think that they will make the grade to heaven. Some few will admit that they have not given the subject much thought, and some are frivolous about it; but, on the day of judgment, a great many people will be disappointed.
Jesus said, “Enter ye in at the strait gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction and many there be that go in thereat, but strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leadeth to life, and few there be that find it.” (Matt.7:13,14). The most horrible words in human language will be those spoken by the Lord, “Depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” (Matt.25:41). Hearts will jump into throats at hearing these words. Those who had not given the subject much thought will be terrified at that time. Those who thought that somehow God would overlook their carelessness will be terribly disappointed, and those who were enjoying the pleasures of sin will think those pleasures so insignificant then. Also, the careless church members, those who remained in bed or took off hunting or fishing on Sunday morning, will perhaps beg for one more chance to serve God, but then it will be too late.
It will not be God’s fault that the multitudes are lost. He has done his part. He sent his only begotten Son to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. It will not be Jesus’ fault. He came and went to the cross for you and me. He sent the Holy Spirit to guide the writers of the New Testament so that we would have his word and be able to learn exactly what God would have us do in order to be saved. He extended to each of us a personal invitation, “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt.11:28). He warns, “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (1 Thes.5:22). And he admonishes, “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” (Rev.2:10 ff). What more could be done? Do you want to enjoy heaven? Then study your Bible carefully; obey God’s commands and serve him diligently. Is that too much to expect for an eternal home in heaven? At judgment, it will seem so little, and those who did not obey will wonder why they did not!