The sinful condition of men and the end awaiting them



The Scripture says that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), therefore all men are slaves of sin because he who commits sin is a slave of it (John 8:34). And since “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), men are dead in their trespasses and sins, I mean spiritually dead. Men walk according to the course of this evil world, according to the prince of the power of the air (Satan), they gratify the cravings of their sinful nature following its desires and thoughts (Ephesians 2:1-3). They walk after the flesh, they are carnally minded, and for this reason they cannot please God, who is holy (Romans 8:5-8). They are called children of disobedience for they refuse to obey to God; and also children of wrath because the fierce anger of God is upon them for God hates all workers of iniquity (Psalm 5:5). Being slaves of sin, men are totally depraved, in their flesh there is no good, they are unable to do good works. God is disgusted with their conduct, as He was disgusted with men’s conduct in the days of Noah, as it is written: “God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth” (Genesis 6:12). His fury has come up in His face, and at the appointed time He will pour forth His fury upon this wicked world. On that day He will have no mercy on the wicked, He will break their teeth, upon the wicked He will rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this will be the portion of their cup (Psalms 11:6). Their iniquity in this moment is flattering their hearts, but in that day God will punish them for all their sins.

An afterlife full of torments is awaiting sinners, because this is God’s immediate punishment on them after death. In other words, after death sinners will be cast into hell (Hades), as it is written: “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17). Hell is an awful place of torment located in the heart of the earth, without any order, a place of darkness where there is a fire not blown, and where – as Jesus said – there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. The story about the rich man and Lazarus, told by Jesus Christ, teaches us clearly that sinners go immediately to hell when they die and that in this place they are tormented with fire. Here is this important story: “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell [Hades] he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead” (Luke 16:19-31).

Then on the day of judgement, all sinners will rise again and stand before God to be judged according to their works and condemned to an endless shame and torment into the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. This is what we read in the book of Revelation: “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell [Hades] delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell [Hades] were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:11-15), “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, 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 21:8), “and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10).