By: Dr. Jacquelyn Simmons
Scripture: And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold I make all things new, and he said unto me, it is done. I am alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is a thirst of the fountain of the water freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he shall by my son. But the fearful, and unbelievers, and the abominable, and murderers, whore mongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death (Revelation 21:5-8).
Blessed are they that do his commandments that they may have a right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, sorcerers, and whore monger, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the root and offspring of David and the bright and morning star. And the spirit and the bride say, come and let him that heareth say, come. And let him that is a thirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. (Revelation 22:14-17).
My friends, it’s time for us to make a united effort to explain to our children the dire consequences of being a murderer. We should teach them at home, school, church, and at play. In my earlier years, preachers, teachers, family members, neighbors, and elders stressed the fact that the consequences of murder was to burn forever in hell with the devil and his followers. God does not accept excuses. They need to know, also that the agony they inflict on their families and their victims’ families is indescribable.
They need to be told that the perfect crime is not reasonable and they will suffer the consequences of their actions by pending endless years in jail or end up on death row. They should be made aware that jail is not a “bowl of cherries” and they will become the new kid on the block and some inmates will use them as their latest toy. Jail staff members will have first choice if they desire to do so and afterwards, throw them to the wolves. Oh, what a feast because they will become the main dish, buffet style. Some prisoners survive while others don’t.
Some are forced to join the wolf pack in order to survive. And just think, after all of that, death is waiting and they will join the devil and his followers in order to live forever in the lake of fire. If they are released from jail, after many years jobs will be hard to find due to their lack of training and mistrust.
Tell them that the greatest alternative to residing in the “lake of fire” is to become active in church activities, bible reading often, praying often to God, associating with true Christian friends, avoidance of alcohol, drugs, gang memberships, being a model student at school, obedient to parents, etc. Tell them that the best way to become a permanent citizen in heaven is to accept God’s greatest gift to us, God’s son, Jesus Christ. With him they will avoid the permanent domain with the devil and his followers and dwell forever with Jesus in heaven forever and ever. Amen.