One third of the world’s population claims to be Christian (2.1 billion). Yet, only a few of those have obeyed the gospel of Christ. So few that they are nearly invisible (approximately one in one thousand or 2,034,338). Now consider this, of these few who have obeyed the gospel of Christ, only a handful of these will be saved. And if only a handful will be scarcely saved among these, imagine how hopeless it will be for those who know not God and have not obeyed the gospel of Christ.
This means every Catholic will be cast into hell. Every Baptist will be cast into hell. Every Presbyterian, every Methodist, every Adventist, every Mormon, every Pentecostal, yes and every denomination under the sun will be cast into hell. These are the ones who claim they are Christians, but have not obeyed the gospel of Christ. The other two thirds of the population of the world who know not God will also be cast into hell. This is not my hope, my wish, or my opinion. No! This is God’s judgment. Notice the warning the apostle Paul gave unto all the world: “Since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power” (2 Thess 1:6-9).
One might think that if all these will be lost, that God will be very lenient on those who obey the gospel of Christ and save them all. Right? Wrong! All faithful saints of God must also continue in the doctrine of Christ and his apostles. At Pentecost, after hearing the gospel, about 3,000 confessed believers repented and were baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:37,38). They continued in the apostle’s doctrine (Acts 2:42). John said, “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son” (2 Jn 9). If we have not God, it is because we are eternally lost from the presence of the Lord, i.e, we are in hell.
How does one obey the doctrine of Christ? Firstly, they do not alter or go beyond the Word of God (1 Cor 4:6). Secondly, they speak the oracles of God (1 Pet 4:11). Thirdly, they worship God in spirit and in truth (Jn 4:23,24). Lastly, they live a good and moral life before God and man (Tit 2:7,8).
Above all of this, the saints of God who continue in the doctrine of Christ must also of necessity endure persecution (2 Tim 3:12). If we refuse to bear our cross and suffer for the cause of Christ, we can not be the disciples of Christ, i.e, Christians (Lk 14:27). Jesus said it very plainly in his sermon on the mount, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matt 7:13-14). “If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? (1 Pet 4:18) In other words, the ungodly and sinner doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of being saved if they die in that condition. If that doesn’t wake you up and make you fly right, then you are that snowball!