“And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?” —John 8:46
Furthermore, Jesus Christ in his preaching gave a very clear description of the danger of unregenerate souls. Hear how he puts it— “Where their worm dieth not, and their fire is not quenched.” Mark how he speaks of the unprofitable servant— “Cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Observe how he describes the goats on the left hand, these are the thundering accents of the Judge of all— “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” No preacher was ever so awfully explicit upon future punishment as Jesus of Nazareth. No human ministry ever gave such graphic and harrowing descriptions of hell as Christ has given. You say you believe the words of Jesus; you do not suspect a loving Saviour of exaggeration. Oh, my hearers, I ask you now in the name of God, if it be true, why do ye not believe it? You do not believe it; that is clear enough. Would you sit quietly in your seat this morning, young man, if you really believed that within one instant you may be in hell? Old man, old in years and old in sin, would you be as quiet in your soul to-day as you are if you knew and believed that there is but a step between you and the flames? Oh! all of you who can make merry while yet you have no hope in Jesus, could it be so with you if you really believed in the wrath of God which abideth on you. So near the lake of fire and yet so full of levity! Death and damnation at your doors, and yet jesting and unconcerned! My soul is full of horror at your madness. My heart is ready to burst with anguish at the ruin which will so soon overtake you. What shall I say unto you? How shall I reason with you? —Surely if the thunders of an angry God do not arouse you, you will sleep yourselves into the lowest hell.
—Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Delivered Sunday Morning, February 1, 1863 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 9 Sermon No. 492, “Nominal Christians – Real Infidels”