Tuesday, January 3, 2012
*BEST OF DTB #124* The Guardian Angel: Hell is Real
Did you get that exclamation, does it mean anything to you to know that there are people dying and going to hell as I write this. You can even say, “why can’t you just say something nice”, it is time for Christmas and New Years, we should celebrate.
I will say, please do celebrate, because if Jesus did not come, live, die, and rise from the dead, we would have no destination but Hell. So do celebrate HIS arrival, but also celebrate that someone loves you enough to tell you the Truth, Jesus Christ came on earth for one reason, to save souls from HELL.
To know this, why are so many Shepherds preaching to please the crowd, instead of preaching to please Christ. So many churches and Christian schools close because of a failure to bear witness to the Truth, and the leaders continue to be blinded to the philosophies of man, that they are smarter than God, and they have a way. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the Life, no one comes to the father, except through me.”
"My brethren, if any of you err from the truth, and one convert him: 20He must know that he who causes a sinner to be converted from the error of his way, shall save his soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of sins". James 5:19,20
What better gift can you give your loved ones than to alert them to the reality of Hell, which can start for eternity at any moment. What better gift can you give yourself than to be used to save a soul from Hell, and as it states in Phil. 2:12, “With fear and trembling work out your salvation.”
Indeed when you come to judgment, and Jesus asks you how many souls you have saved from Hell, what are you prepared to tell HIM? Will you say, “well Jesus, people don’t like that Hell talk, because it scares them, and I just want to be nice and for them to like me.”
When should I preach Hell and to whom should I preach it? Preach it daily as a wonderful act of Charity to all that come into your path. “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord.” John 1:23
Without divine grace we can do nothing. Jesus said “Without Me, you can do nothing.” In 1 Cor. 12:3, Paul says, “And no one can say the Lord Jesus, but by the Holy Ghost.” With HIM all things are possible, so stop souls from going to Hell, seek their salvation at any price, as we ask the Lord, “Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me.” Psalm 51:2,3
St. Anthony Mary Claret had a great zeal for the salvation of souls, as he preached 25,000 sermons, wrote 144 books, found three religious orders, preached countless missions, and in six years as a bishop, confirmed over 300,000 and validated more that 9,000 marriages.
Why should there not be a warning of eternal fire to waken those who are drifting in the sleep of sin in such a way that when they open their eyes they will find themselves burning in the eternal flames of Hell?
Remember why Jesus came to earth, one reason, to save souls from Hell. So you and I know this, and we want to follow Jesus, but fail to do anything on this the most important point of Jesus’ coming to earth, because people might not like us, so what does this mean to us? In James 4:17 it states, “to know what to do and not do it, is a sin.” Please do not stand before the Lord with excuses on this issue, knowing that there are those in Hell because we failed to do or say anything.
One final thought, “for those that have been given much, much will be expected.” Note the following quote from St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, “We should constantly thank the Lord for having granted us the gift of the true faith, by associating us with the children of the Holy Catholic Church. How many are the infidels, heretics and schismatics who do not enjoy the happiness of the true faith! Earth is full of them and they are all lost!”
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