Choosing Sides

Hell, Netherworld, Inferno, Abyss, Eternal Damnation, Hades, Perdition, Sheol, Acheron, Gehenna. The dictionary defines Hell as a place regarded in various religions as a spiritual realm of evil and suffering. It’s often traditionally depicted as a place of perpetual fire beneath the earth where the wicked are punished after death.

Whatever you wish to call the place, if you die without asking Christ into your life, come judgment time it will be your destination. Those who die without Christ in their lives will find their final resting place will be filled with great suffering; an unbearable experience.

When we were stationed in Japan, one weekend several churches got together to go downtown Misawa-shi to pass out tracts. We started about mid-morning and our day did not end until late in the afternoon, passing out several hundred tracts. By the end of the day, we were all happy with our efforts until we started looking in trash cans and found most of our tracts thrown away in the cans and on the ground without being read.

Japan is a hard place to witness to the people. Why? Of the whole Japanese population, less than one percent are Christian. For young people still living at home, giving their heart to Christ and leaving the national religion of Shinto, they faced being be kicked out of their house, disowned by their parents, and ordered not to speak with any family members (1 Peter 3:15). In the little off-base Southern Baptist Church we attended, we averaged a weekly congregation of about 100 people. Included in that number were about 25 Japanese, made up mostly of older ladies whose husbands had died. We even had a few younger kids in the church, which was very rare for any Christian church in Japan.

Japan is a foreign country that a lot of us will never see. But there are hundreds of thousands of people here in our country are hungry for Jesus to come into their life. But they need someone to show them the way. It is so easy to witness; there is nothing hard or complicated about it. Ask the person if they want to know God. If so, present the Gospel and help them recognize what Jesus has done for them. If they repent of their sins and become a Christian, we’ll have a new brother or sister.

(Fred Leonard)
Scripture references are from NIV unless otherwise noted.

Based on God Our Defender Will Fight Our Battles for Us on August 3rd, 2019 - Watch Sermon