Consequences of Wrong Teachings
This mediated message explains the consequences of wrong teachings for both the teachers and the hearers. Negative consequences will occur regardless of the motivation of the teacher — whether they were themselves deceived or whether they taught falsehood on purpose. In both cases, the penalties will have to be paid, but in no case will the punishment be everlasting. Once the penalties of sin have been paid, all spirits will progress out of the hell realms into a more and more purified state of soul and increasing happiness. For related information on the hells, go to this page.
John Expresses His Regret That a Preacher Could Not Inform His Congregation Correctly as to Hell
I AM HERE. John.
I was with you tonight and heard the sermon on hell, and was so sorry that the preacher could not tell his people more of the truths as to what hell is, and what the punishment of those who will be so unfortunate as to go to that place will be. It is pitiable that these leaders of the people are so blinded and without knowledge as to what the truth is in regard to this subject, as well as to many others that they so erroneously declare to their congregations. Of course, their knowledge is based upon what they consider to be the truths of the Bible, and, in many respects, what they say is justified by the teachings of that book. But their teachings are erroneous in many cases because of the wrong construction that they place upon many of the declarations of the Bible. In either case, they are teaching, as the truth, those things that are not true, and the harm accomplished is just as baneful as if their beliefs and teachings were the result of what they realized to be untrue. Untruth is untruth, no matter whether it arises from honest conviction or known error; and the harm done is the same in each instance. The preacher, I have no doubt, believes what he declared to be the truth. And some things he said were true. Yet, the fact that he believed these doctrines to be true will not palliate in any way his responsibility so far as the effects of these errors on his hearers are concerned. For their sufferings and darkness, which will certainly follow their beliefs in these erroneous teachings, will be no less because the preacher was honest in his declarations of what he supposed to be the truth. The source of error does not in any way modify or affect the results that flow from its acceptance and following. And while the preacher in this case is not a willful deceiver, yet, when he comes to the spirit world and learns the Truth, he will have the regrets and the sufferings which always flow from the spreading of falsehood and deception.
Error works its own punishment. But it may be of some consolation to know, and it will be to those who preach and to those who accept falsehood as truth, that such punishment will not be everlasting, that God is not a God of “wrath” or of “vindictiveness,” and that His Justice never demands more than is necessary for the removing of error and the establishment of His Truths.
Why, His Justice would not be justice if He permitted error to continue, and prevented recovery of the Truths on the part of man or spirits just for the purpose of having those who had been disobedient suffer and be separated from Him for all eternity!
I merely wanted to say this much on the sermon. Sometime, I will come and write you a full explanation of what hell is, its purpose and work, and how long it continues.
Let all of you continue to pray to the Father for this Love, and have faith, and the time will soon come that faith will become as real and existing as the sun which you so much enjoyed today.
So, my brother, with all my love and blessings, I will say good night.
Your brother in Christ, JOHN.
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