Read the two statements below and consider which has a more powerful impact on your thinking:
1. Turn away from sin and become a Christian because God loves you so very much (John 3:16).
2. Turn away from sin and become a Christian because if you do not you will live eternally in a burning
hell (Rev. 21:8).
Both statements are completely Biblical and true, however, it seems to me the latter statement has the greater impact. It contains the danger, the harm, and the punishment for not becoming a Christian.
God has placed in the Bible the two great motivators for becoming a Christian; pleasure and pain; heaven and hell. Those are the two great rewards that await every soul on earth; one is desired and the other is frightening (Matt. 25:14-46).
Bible preaching requires that these subjects not be ignored or neglected. I am a Christian and I remain a Christian because I have heard preaching on both subjects.
People become Christians because they want to obtain the blessings of heaven and avoid the torment of hell. Christians should welcome preaching on both of these vital subjects. This kind of preaching will help save us (1 Cor. 1:18-21), and it will help us become a more complete Christian (2 Tim. 3:16 – 4:2).
Why not choose heaven and avoid hell by becoming a Christian today? In eternity you will be so very glad that you did.
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