Approximately two thirds of the world’s population already knows the way to hell. They simply deny God and His Word. The other one third of the world’s population is trying to get to heaven, but most are following the wrong road map. There are many roads which will lead one to hell, and in this lesson I want to cover a few of them.
Don’t Obey The Gospel
If you want to go to hell, reject the gospel of Christ. Jesus made that very clear when he commanded the gospel to be preached to all the world. “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned (Mark 16:16). The apostle Paul was even more graphic and specific to where all who obey not the gospel of Christ will spend an eternity. “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 1:7-9).
Don’t Continue In The Apostolic Doctrine
There will be quite a few who have obeyed the gospel of Christ who will be shocked come the day of judgment when Jesus will say unto them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matt 7:23). Not only must one obey the gospel, but they also must continue in the doctrine of Christ and his apostles (Acts 2:42). “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).
All who bear the name of Christian and who remain faithful will suffer persecution (2 Tim 3:12). All Christians must walk in the steps of the Savior. If he was persecuted, then so must we. Peter said it this way, “For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps” (1 Pet 2:20-21). Anyone who refuses to take up their cross and follow after Christ is not worthy to be called a Christian (Matt 10:38 f; Lk 14:27).
Commit Adultery or Other Works of the Flesh
Just because one is a Christian doesn’t mean they cannot fall away. Many are called but few are chosen. Many will be lead astray by the works of the flesh. Paul named a few of those in these verses: “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor 6:9-10). “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal 5:19-21).
Conclusion: As you can well see by now, there are many things that can prevent you from entering into heaven. Now, let’s reverse the order. You can be flawless in the works of the flesh, you can be persecuted, you can follow the doctrine of Christ and you won’t be saved unless you first obey the gospel of Christ. Unless you obey the gospel, no matter how perfect you are, you still won’t be saved. Yet, even if you obey the gospel and remain not faithful unto death you will still be lost (Rev 2:10).
It’s easy to go to hell, for the gait is wide and the way is broad (Matt 7:13). Love the world and the excesses therein and hell will be your prize (1 Jn 2:15,16). There are many roads to hell and most will enter therein, but there is only one way to avoid hell. Yes, strait is the gait and narrow is the way that leads to eternal life, but heaven is worth it! (Matt 7:14). Enjoy life now and suffer eternally later, or suffer now and enjoy eternal life later. It’s your choice!