Saturday, June 24, 2017
The Worst of Hell
Sin is worse than Hell! Hell is only a punishment but sin is a crime! The crime is more evil than the punishment. Hell is the punishment for the crime of sin. The very greatness of this punishment argues the greatness of the crime, and the sinfulness of sin. That God is glorified on men in such a way is a clear and full proof what an evil thing it is to sin against and dishonor God. Consequently Hell itself does not inflict so much hurt as sin does. Hell, indeed, is a dismal place of horror and torment, the extremity of suffering but it never had any existence until sin came. Nor could Hell have such extreme torments as it does if sin were not there.
It is reported as a saying of Anselm, that if sin and Hell were set before him and he must go through one of them he would choose to go through Hell, rather than sin!
Sin is the worst of Hell and worse than Hell! Sin is what makes sinners cry out for the torment of devouring fire and everlasting burnings which are no terror to righteous and upright souls. It is sin which makes Hell to be Hell. God was never angry until sin made Him so. His wrath was never kindled except by sin.
Now just as sin made Hell, so the more sin, the worse the Hell!
Isaiah 33:14 ... The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?
Matthew 23:33 ... Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Mark 12:40 ... Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.❤