Fire Danger

If someone you knew was doing something that might cause a fire in the home, what would you say to that person? If someone’s house was on fire and you saw it, would you call 911? If you could sound an alarm or do a personal rescue of someone in a burning house, would you do it? Why, then, do we not warn people of the danger of eternal fire? Could it be that our enemy has generated a fear of rejection or fear of a sarcastic or annoyed response? If someone needed to escape a burning house, and we cried out to him or her, “Come out quickly,” and the response was, “Leave me alone!” would we? People can often escape a fire or recover from one. From Hell, there is no escape, ever!! Rescue from such a fire is a far greater rescue than from any earthly fire! Revelation 20:21 warns of this fire: “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Only those who come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord will escape this fire! Three stanzas from Fanny Crosby’s hymn, “Rescue the Perishing,” aptly describe our responsibility and opportunity to help people escape such a destiny: “Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, snatch them in pity from sin and the grave; weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen, tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save. Though they are slighting Him, still He is waiting, waiting the penitent child to receive; plead with them earnestly, plead with them gently. He will forgive if they only believe. Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter, feelings lie buried that grace can restore; touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness, chords that are broken will vibrate once more!” Selah! A friendship, a tract, a book, a DVD or CD, an invitation to a Bible Study or to an evangelistic event are some of the ways that people might be warned and see the need to escape. Think carefully on this excerpt from the hymn above: “touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness.” This will reach some and if it reaches only one, it will be well worth all the love and concern that we offer to a lost person.   Ron

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