Well, I'll Be Damned!

That Little Bible Study Was True

by Pastor John Hamel


“And Jesus said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth … shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16:15-16)


Normally in writing, preaching, teaching and counseling, I like to stay positive.  Having spent many years as a Pastor, I often find myself in the position of having to correct someone.  Even then, as much as possible, I try to keep things positive.  I call it “keeping my strokes upward.” 


Unfortunately, some folks are just so stubborn and so disrespectful towards the things of God that the positive approach will not work.  Some folks are bullheaded and unbelieving, requiring a stronger approach.  Whenever that’s necessary, I willingly adopt a more “hard line” position.  In someone’s best interest I will take this approach.  As a result, often eyes are opened and lives are changed.


In the above verse of Scripture, Jesus definitely takes a hard line position towards those who “believeth not”.  He pulls no punches.  He offers no apologies.  He’s not concerned with someone taking offense.  He plainly, clearly and without excuse states, “… he that believeth not shall be damned.”


There’s not a whole lot more that I can add to that statement.  It lends itself to perfect clarity.  Reject who He says He is, what He came to do and what’s required of you in it and … well – you’ll be damned. 


Jesus made some other pretty clear statements concerning damnation and offered no apologies for them either, particularly concerning religious hypocrites.


“Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” (Matthew 23:33)


Jesus also warned against ridiculing the Holy Spirit’s working in the Earth through signs, wonders and miracles.


“But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:” (Mark 3:29)


Young Pastor Timothy, by the Holy Spirit’s leading, warned that throwing away faith in Christ’s redemptive work will lead to damnation.


“Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.” (1Timothy 5:12)


Now I’ve never been one for straight out, 24/7, Hellfire and brimstone preaching.  God is a good God and it’s His love that most often leads to repentance. (Romans 2:4)  However, some folks are just stubborn and willful enough to resist all that’s reasonable and they require stronger measures.  Hellfire and brimstone preaching is designed just for them. 


If that’s you, God loves you enough to speak to you strongly today.  Either you say, from a sincere heart, “Jesus, You’re my choice” or you will face pending judgment – spirit, soul and body.  Listen to what Jesus said.


“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” (John 5:28-29)


If one day you find yourself being raised from the dead in the “Resurrection of Damnation” there will be no mercy offered.  Mercy is offered on this side of the grave only. (Hebrews 9:27)  You’ll simply have to stand there and take the heat, literally. (Revelation 20:15) 


Prior to being banished to the Lake of Fire this thought will come to you, “WELL I’LL BE DAMNED!  That little Bible study was true!”


However, you can avoid that here today.  Just say, “Jesus, You’re my choice.” (Romans 10:13)  


That’s the first step towards appearing at Christ’s Judgment Seat of reward.


There’s a Hell to shun and a Heaven to gain. 


Why not settle your eternal destiny today?  No one ever promised you a tomorrow.


Be Blessed ... John and Barbara Hamel



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