The Destiny of the Wicked

No one can read the Bible without being reminded of the displeasure of the Lord with those who deliberately refuse to walk in his ways. What is said of the punishment meted out to the ungodly antediluvians, and the wicked inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah, shows how he deals with sin. While he is a loving Father, and is disposed to deal kindly with the erring, yet he is just, and can not, and will not tolerate persistent and willful disobedience.

It is sad to think of men and women being sent away into everlasting punishment (Matt. 25:46), but this is what the Master says will happen to the disobedient. Not only so, but he says the time is coming, in the winding up of the affairs of the human race, when the Judge of all the earth will say: “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt. 25:41). We read that the rich man (Luke 16) lifted up his eyes in hades, being in torment. Then we have the Psalmist (9:17) saying: “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” And to this we may yet add the words of the Master, when contrasting the destiny of the righteous with that of the wicked: “But the children of the kingdom shall be cast into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 8:12).

All of this is fearful to contemplate, but let it be remembered that the disobedient have had warning, year after year, and have been given ample time to repent, and to make their “calling and election sure.” When everything possible has been done to save the ungodly, and they will simply not be saved, they have no one. to blame but themselves. Hell has been made for the wicked, and if people persist in traveling on the broad way “that leadeth to destruction,” what else can he expected but that they, like Dives, will some day their eyes in hades, being in torment? It is but the logical ending of a life of disobedience, however unfortunate the fate, and it is useless to minimize the terrible consequences.

— J. H. Moore,
The New Testament Doctrines,
Brethren Publishing House,
Elgin, L. 1914.
J. H. Moore was the Office Editor of
The Gospel Messenger from 1891-1915.
BRF Witness
November/December 1984