The question is often asked: Which things will cause you to end up in hell? Whether watching TV or doing certain things will cause you to end up in hell. The truth is that all sin will cause us to end up in hell, but not only sin. What will cause you to end up in hell is if you do not follow Jesus Christ. Jesus said: “Follow Me.”
Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life. He is the only way to salvation. We have to follow Him to have salvation. If we do not follow Him, we will end up in hell. If we follow our own mind, our own desires, and if we follow other people, and if we do what we please, we will certainly end up in hell. The only way to have eternal life is to obey and follow Jesus Christ. I speak from experience. Almost twenty years ago, I had a heart attack and I died. I found myself on my way to hell. I pleaded with Jesus to let me come back come and warn the world that Jesus is alive and hell is real.” I was a Christian. I had repented. I had been baptized in water. I had received the baptism in the Holy Spirit and I speak in tongues. By my understanding, and what I knew about salvation, I believed that I was saved and that if I would die I would go to heaven, but I found myself on my way to hell.
I was not a sinner. I was a serious a child of God. I knew the voice of Jesus. I was serious about my salvation but not serious enough, because I did not realize at that stage, that what Jesus requires of us is absolute obedience. He requires discipleship. He says:”Follow Me.” Before you can follow Jesus, you have to repent. You have to turn away from your own ways, you have to stop sinning, you have to commit to submit yourself to Jesus and serve Him as Lord, and to follow Him because He is the only way. You have to repent and be baptized as He commanded. You have to seek Him with all your heart. You have to seek the baptism in the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ dwelling in you. You have to seek to hear His voice and you must listen to Him. You have to go after Him. You have to follow Him every day until the very end. Jesus warned:”He said:”Strait is the gate and narrow is the door that leads to life and few there be that find it.” We have to make every effort every day of our lives to go after Jesus and to follow Him. If we don’t do that we will end up in hell.
The only way to have salvation is to follow Jesus Christ every day until the very end. We have to seek His will, seek His guidance, follow His guidance and obey Him when He speaks to us. We have to do what He tells us to do. Jesus Christ has to be the Lord of our life, or else we are not part of His kingdom, we are not submitted to Him. If we do not have that close relationship with Jesus where we follow Him every day, hear His voice, follow Him and go after Him, live for His kingdom, then we cannot be part of His kingdom. Then He will say to us when we die, He will say to us:”Go away, I never knew you you workers of wickedness.” Many will say:”Lord I repented, I stopped sinning. I was not a sinner.” They will say:”Lord I was baptized in water and I went to church and I was very active in the church.” Many will say: “I had my own church and I made many converts, I built a big church.” Jesus will say:”You never brought them to Me, because you did not know Me. You were busy with your own little church, your own kingdom. You were practicing your own religion.” There are thousands of different churches with different doctrines all over the world. They are busy with religion. They are not following Jesus Christ. They are building their own little kingdoms, and they think they are saved but they do not follow nor obey Jesus Christ, and they are on their way to hell. They think that because they know the Bible and they live according to their insight of the scriptures that they have eternal life, but the only way to have life is to follow Jesus, to know His voice, to hear Him, to listen to Him and to do what He commands you to do; and you have to do that because you love Him, because you want to follow Him, not because you are scared of going to hell.
Many people just want security of salvation. They don’t want Jesus Christ. They don’t want to follow nor obey Him. They continue in their sin. Many of them just love the world more than Jesus. They’d rather watch TV or go to the ballgame or to their own little hobbies, than to spend time with Jesus. They have no relationship with Him. To follow Jesus is not a part-time thing. Either Jesus is your life and you live for Him and for His kingdom every day of your life, or you are just not interested in Him, and He will say to you:”Go away I never knew you.” Many believe they are saved, but they’ve got no time for Jesus. They will stand before Him and say:”Lord Jesus I’m here now,” and He will say to them:”What do you want to do with Me now? Why do you want to come into My place now? Why do you want to come into heaven now, when you had no desire for me? For all of your life you were busy with your own things. What makes you think that there is a space, a place, an inheritance for you in My kingdom, when you had no interest in Me or in the kingdom of heaven?”
Most Christian believers will have a terrible bad surprise when they stand before Jesus and He turns them away. The only way to have salvation is to know follow and obey Jesus Christ, to love Him and to serve Him as Lord until the very end. There is no other way, Jesus Christ is the way. All other ways lead to damnation. If you do not follow Jesus Christ every day, submit to Him and obey Him then you will certainly end up in hell. Jesus Christ is the way. Follow Him, obey Him and endure with Him until the very end.
May Jesus bless you.