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Msg #1726 The Fate of the Rich Man

Msg #1726 The Fate of the Rich Man

What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

Msg #1726 The Fate of the Rich Man

What The Bible Says

Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice


Robert Ingersoll, credited as the founder of atheism is America, listened to his father, a Presbyterian Pastor, preach, “The rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torment... in the flame...” (Luke 16). A faithful witness for John Calvin, his father taught him that God, before the foundation of the earth, choose this rich man to go to hell, and there was nothing the rich man could do about it. To these false teachings of Calvinism Robert Ingersoll wrote in 1878, “If that is the God of the Bible, I want nothing to do with him.” Calvinism brought a similar response from Charles Taze Russell, Joseph Smith, Mary Baker Glover Eddy, and Ellen White, all of whom founded cults opposing Calvinism, but also violating the simple truths of God's Word. That is pretty sobering, but Jesus' account of Lazarus and the rich man is very sobering. The rich man did not have another life. He did not have another chance. He did not have another witness to his family. Our life is like a vapor that appears for a little while, than vanishes away. Eternity is looming in your not to distant future and hell is real. The Bible says more about hell than it does about heaven. In life the rich man had options. “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom 10). “Whosoever believeth in (the only begotten Son of God) shall not perish” (John 3). There are 164 “whosoevers” in the Bible, ninety-three are in the New Testament. All of us have the power and responsibility of choosing who we are going to believe, and there is a judgment day coming. Choose you this day whom you will serve. Trust Christ.


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