Tormented in a Flame



Dr. W. A. Criswell

Matthew 25:46, Luke 16:19-31



I.          Introduction

A.  The Bible gives a picture of the final state of the unrepentant

      1.  Punishment (Matthew 25:46)

      2.  Pain and torment (Luke 16:24)

      3.  Filth – Gehenna (Mark 9:43-48, 2 Peter 3:12-13)

4.  Separation (Matthew 25:31-46)

B.  Many refuse the teaching (Genesis 2:17, 3:1, 4)


II.         Considerations from Scripture

A.  Same Lord Jesus

B.  Same Book

C.  Same word (Matthew 25:46)


III.        Considerations from reason

A.  The nature of the moral universe, built upon principle of separation

B.  The nature of life in its tendency to fixity in character


IV.       Considerations from observation

A.  Pain and suffering have no reforming power

B.  A second chance makes no difference


V.        The urgency of the gospel appeal

A.  The zeal of the first century apostles and evangelists

      1.  Believed decision of this life was final (Ecclesiastes 11:3)

      2.  Believed the pagan world was lost (Acts 4:12, 17:30)

      3.  Believed Jesus could save

B.  Our gospel (Hebrews 9:27, John 5:22-24)