by Doug Pierce
Published on April 1, 2023


by Doug Pierce

“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28


I read about a young couple from Minneapolis who decided to leave the cold up north for some get away time on a Florida beach. Because of hectic schedules, it was impossible for them to travel down together. They decided the husband would leave a day early. His wife would fly down and join him the following day. The husband made the trip and checked into the hotel. He decided to send an email to his wife to let her know he’d arrived safely. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and without realizing his error, sent the email. Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home from her husband’s funeral. He had died of a sudden heart attack a few days earlier. The widow decided to check her email expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted. The widow’s son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My Loving Wife

Subject: I’ve Arrived

“Hi Honey! I’ve just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.

P.S. It is much hotter than we ever imagined down here, so, be sure to dress lightly!”

I hope that little story put a smile on your face today. But on a more serious note…


I’m sure each of you reading this believes in heaven. I came across a recent survey that found approximately 68% of Americans do. No doubt the popularity of the book and movie, Heaven is for Real – the account of a young boy who claims he went to heaven – has stirred a lot of discussion about the subject of heaven and the afterlife. Perhaps some who were previously skeptical are rethinking their position. I hope so.  Regardless of who believes or who doesn’t, heaven is for real. It is not because little Colton Burpo says so, but because God makes that fact clear in His Word. Heaven is indeed a real place where the Lord lives in all of His glory.

And, just as heaven is a real place, so is hell. The same Savior who told us of the wonders of heaven also told us of the horrors of hell. Interestingly, the same survey mentioned above that found 68% believing in heaven; only found 58% believing in hell. Obviously, the idea of a place of eternal fire for those who reject Christ is something a great (and increasing) number of people choose to brush off as unimaginable and untrue.
Tragically, many preachers today never even teach on the subject of hell for fear of turning off the crowd. Jesus, however, had no hesitation when it came to talking about hell.  In fact, He talked much more about hell than He did heaven. Why? Because He knows it’s a real place… and He doesn’t want anyone to go there. I believe the price He paid on the cross proved His loving concern that no one has to go there, even more so! Amen?!


In Luke 16, Jesus told of a rich man who went to hell. Describing hell, this rich man said, “I am tormented in this flame.” He called to Father Abraham, “…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” (Luke 16:27-28). Did you catch that? The rich man wanted his loved ones to be warned of this terrible, horrible place. It was too late for him, but not for them. He wanted to get the message to them ASAP.


I believe the job of every pastor, as well as every Christian, is to share the good news of Jesus… and warn the people of the severe consequences of rejecting Jesus. God says, “When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand” (Ezekiel 3:18). No doubt, God takes our job of warning people very seriously!

When I was 19 years old, the gospel penetrated my heart. God showed me my great need of Him. He showed me that if I died, I would have gone to hell, and rightfully so, because I was a guilty sinner deserving of death. When I realized that critical truth, I repented of my sins and received Christ willingly and gratefully and my life was forever changed.

May we get back to the place in our churches and in our witnessing where we share “the whole counsel of God!” It’s up to you, pastor! It’s up to you, believer! Eternal, righteous judgment is coming to those who reject the indescribable, gracious and loving sacrifice of God’s dear Son.

People need to know that hell is for real. They need to know that God has made a way of escape. It is found only in Jesus Christ, and it is offered freely to all who will repent and believe.

Have you done that? Will you tell others before it is to latee?

Think it over…

Note: if you are uncetain if you are going to heaven, please email us: team@christiangrandfather.org

Doug Pierce is a Church planter and a pastor. In 2003 he started, and continues to pastor First Independent Methodist Church in Madison, Mississippi. His #1 priority is to glorify God in all aspects of ministry. He does this through teaching his congregation to Love God, Love One Another, and Love Others to God. Prayer, outreach, and church growth through evangelism are vital parts of his ministry. He and his wife Suzanne live in Madison, Mississippi where they also enjoy their children and grandchildren. To find out more about Doug‘s ministry visit the FIMC Website

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  1. Alan

    Now that is what I call a very timely and straight talking message!


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