The Final Fate Of The Wicked Section I.—Introduction.—Some Bible Facts -- By: George Lindley Young
BSac 83:332 (Oct 1926) p. 403
The Final Fate Of The Wicked Section I.—Introduction.—Some Bible Facts
Naturally the human heart does not like to dwell on distressing topics, on subjects the mere contemplation of which is painful. Nevertheless, with the thoughtful there are some things of a painful nature that cannot be entirely dispelled from the mind. Thus as believing Christians we are obliged to recognize that there are many who persistently reject all offers of mercy through Jesus Christ. What is to be their fate? The thought of their future, perhaps a very distressful future, cannot well be ignored, and it is this painful subject that we discuss in this lengthy article. And, be it noted, our discussion is confined to their final fate. Their condition in the death state, whatever that may be, is passed by as not germane to our present thesis. So our full attention is turned to the matter of ultimate destiny as settled at the last judgment.
We may here lay down a few propositions. These, we think, will be generally accepted by those who believe the Bible. They appear somewhat necessary as preliminary to our main treatment.
(1) It is certain from the Bible that not all men are to be saved. Some will be lost, cast out, bidden to depart from Christ (Mat. 7:13, 21–23; 25:10, 30, 41; Lu. 13:24–27).
(2) Such are to be punished, meet the due reward of their deeds and of their rejection of light and salvation (Ps. 21:8, 9; Prov. 11:21; Rom. 2:5–9).
(3) The punishment administered will be accompanied by actual suffering, pain in mind or body, or in both (Mat. 5:29, 30; 13:42; Lu. 13:28; Rom. 2:8, 9).
(4) This punishment will be just and will somehow be proportioned to the guilt and desert of each culprit. Should we not mention this again, let the reader remem-
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