I ask this question because, as I attend funerals and read FB posts, I listen to people talk of those who have died — who obviously died outside of Christ and living wicked lives — as now being saved and in the arms of Jesus? Really?
I am no man’s judge, but the Judge did say, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me” (John 14:6). Again, “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8). And once more, “… nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Revelation 21:27).
Folks, my job is not to concentrate on the dead, and be their judge. Their destiny is in the hands of Jesus, the perfect Judge of all men. My work is to try to reach the living with the message of the Christ and the salvation He offers. My work is to teach Christians to live an upright, moral, Christ-like life.
The fact that some die lost is sobering. It should make you think about the destiny of your soul. But this fact should also motivate us to share the good news of Jesus with others before it is too late for them. Yes, people still die and go to hell. What will we do about that?