In two previous posts, I covered the fact that there is no one who is not a sinner, and also that the consequence of sin is an eternity separated from God in a place called Hell.
This post continues my series of articles on A.R. Stanford’s Handbook of Personal Evangelism by explaining why this is the consequence. After all, if God is love, as the Bible says, can’t he just let these things go?
The only way God could let sin go—ignore it—would be for Him to stop being God. By His very nature, God is unspoiled, unpolluted perfection.
“To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him” (Psalm 92:15, NKJV).
“Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48, NKJV).
So, because God is perfectly holy, He cannot allow Himself to be in the polluting presence of sin. Therefore, sin cannot be allowed into Heaven.
“For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, Nor shall evil dwell with You” (Psalm 5:4, NKJV).
“You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, And cannot look on wickedness. Why do You look on those who deal treacherously, And hold Your tongue when the wicked devours A person more righteous than he?” (Habakkuk 1:13, NKJV).
He cannot tolerate sin because of His holiness, and He cannot just ignore sin because of His justice. Sin must be separated from God and punished. And the place of that separation and punishment is Hell. Hell was created for the Devil and his fallen angels, and has become the destination of all who follow the Devil in his rebellion against God.
“All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. […] Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels'” (Matthew 25:32-33,41, NKJV).
But, as we’ll discuss next time, there is hope; God, in His mercy, provided a Savior when we needed but did not deserve one!